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US House speaker stumps for congressional candidate in Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner visited the Hartford Club Tuesday afternoon for a luncheon to raise money to boost Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback's bid for a seat in Congress.

Roraback and Democrat Elizabeth Esty are vying for the 5th Congressional District seat.

The visit by Boehner was needed by Roraback because he said he needs the money to compete with Esty. Tuesday's fundraiser raised about $50,000 for Roraback. 

Boehner did not talk to Connecticut reporters Tuesday.

About a dozen protesters called the Millionaires for McMahon waited outside for him.They oppose tax cuts for the wealthy. 

"We appreciate good friends like John Boehner, Andrew Roraback and friends like Linda McMahon. They stand with us the 1 percent, the rich. The super rich who want to get richer," said Matt O'Connor of the Millionaires for McMahon.

Esty has been running mostly negative ads against Roraback.

"Boehner won't be the first to invest in Roraback's vote to enact the tea party-led House extreme agenda," Esty's campaign said in a statement Tuesday.

Roraback, who is pro-choice, said he is a moderate who has voted his beliefs and is not tied to his party.

"The fact that I am moderate on social issues is something that I have told the speaker," he said. "It is something that I am not going to stray from my principles,"

The 5th Congressional District was held by Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson for 24 years; however, the largest voting block is currently independents.

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