BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says voters will have to determine whether former state Sen. Ernest Newton paid a sufficient price when he was convicted of corruption.
Newton beat incumbent Edwin Gomes and state Rep. Andres Ayala Monday night for the Democratic endorsement in the 23rd Senate District. But both of his opponents earned enough support to force a primary election.
Malloy said Tuesday that he believes in second chances but ultimately it's a decision voters will have to make.
Newton, who spent 17 years in the legislature, served a 5-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2005 to accepting a $5,000 bribe, using campaign contributions for personal expenses and failing to report the improper income on his federal tax return.
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