Congresswoman could become Connecticut’s first incumbent Democrat to lose in 22 years

Many polls have shown Republicans as having a clear advantage ahead of this year’s midterm elections, and that has some observers suggesting that even veteran Democratic lawmakers might be at risk.

Washington Examiner writer Matthew Wilson says one of them is Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes. He recently argued that Hayes could become the state’s first incumbent House Democrat to lose in 22 years.

Democrats compared black Republican to Curious George

Wilson acknowledged in a piece published on Friday that “Connecticut has had an all-Democratic congressional delegation since the 2008 election cycle.”

However, he also noted that “the GOP scored a top-tier recruit” this year in the form of George Logan, someone he described as “an affable former state senator and businessman whose parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala.”

The CT Insider reported in May that Connecticut Democrats drew criticism when the party’s official Twitter account put up a now-deleted post that likened Logan, who is African American, to the fictional monkey Curious George.

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and he downplayed Logan’s chances in an interview with the Examiner.

DCCC head calls Logan “extreme and dangerous”

Maloney expressed confidence in Hayes’ chances against a “MAGA Republican” whose party is “extreme and dangerous.

The DCCC head asserted that voters in Connecticut’s 5th District “think it’s wrong to take away 50 years of constitutional freedoms,” referring to the possibility of pro-life legislation being passed.

Maloney went to claim that in addition to threatening “people’s reproductive rights,” Logan would “do nothing about gun violence, and whitewash January 6.”

Still, Wilson pointed out how recent polls suggest the race is closer than Maloney would like to admit, with the websites  FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics both calling it a tossup

Gary Rose heads the government department at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, and he told the Examiner that Logan is a “very good candidate” who poses a genuine danger to Hayes.

Still, Rose believes that Hayes will likely come out on top as she has “the power of incumbency on her side” along with strong support from organized labor.

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