Retired professor mounts GOP challenge to Democrat DeLauro

Republican Lesley DeNardis announced Tuesday that she is running against Connecticut Democratic U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro in this year’s election, in an attempt to become the first GOP member to hold the 3rd District seat since her father in the early 1980s.

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Mar 9, 2022, 12:24 PM

Updated 807 days ago

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Retired professor mounts GOP challenge to Democrat DeLauro
Republican Lesley DeNardis announced Tuesday that she is running against Connecticut Democratic U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro in this year’s election, in an attempt to become the first GOP member to hold the 3rd District seat since her father in the early 1980s.
The retired political science professor, of Hamden, cited voters’ “frustration and disappointment” with elected officials in Washington, particularly over rising gas and food prices, increasing crime and government mandates.
“We have one-party control in Congress and an entrenched incumbent who has been in office for over thirty years,” DeNardis said in a statement, referring to DeLauro. “She no longer understands or is in touch with the concerns of Connecticut residents. We need new representation in our district. It is time for a change.”
DeLauro was first elected to the New Haven-area congressional seat in 1990 and is now chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
Asked to respond to DeNardis’ comments, DeLauro said in a statement, “I look forward to running for reelection, and I’m looking forward to getting the support of the people of Connecticut.”
DeNardis’ father, Lawrence DeNardis, who died in 2018, was the last Republican to hold the seat in the now heavily Democratic 3rd District, winning one term in 1980 as Ronald Reagan was elected president. He lost in both 1982 and 1984 to Democrat Bruce Morrison, and later served as president of the University of New Haven.


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