Dear Joe:The Democratic convention is a week away and I wanted to send you a straightforward message aboutthe importance of the 5th District race to our Democratic Party and the nation.If we lose this seat in November, we may very well enable the Republicans to keep the House. Doesanyone really want two more years of their failed leadership?I made the decision to seek this seat 13 months ago when Congressman Chris Murphy began his run forthe Senate. I spent months seeking advice from dozens of people across the 5th District. In thoseconversations, I heard recurring themes: people are hurting, Congress is in gridlock, and we need freshthinking.
Over the past year, my message has been clear: let’s move past the wrangling and the rhetoric of
hine politicians and a paralyzed Congress. Let’s concentrate on job creation, affordable health care,
the best education for our children, and keeping our promises to our seniors.I would be honored to have your support at the convention. This forum is a
storied part of our party’s
nominating process. But understand this: I fully expect the nomination to be resolved through a primary.I will be on the ballot in that primary and I intend to win.I have spent the last year building the necessary infrastructure to win the primary and the general. Formonths I have been the only candidate out knocking on doors, and our extensive voter outreach andearly fundraising success has allowed me to put the apparatus in place to hit the ground running afterthe convention.Moreover, my campaign is best situated for a win in November. As of today, we have more than threetimes the cash on hand allocated for the general election than my opponents Elizabeth Esty and ChrisDonovan combined.In fact, I have raised enough general election cash to fund my entire field operation and campaignoverhead starting the day after the primary through the end of the election. This is extremely