(WFSB) - The chair of the state's Republican party has asked a controversial congressional candidate to end his campaign.
CT GOP Chair J.R. Romano posted a statement about candidate Rob Hyde to Twitter.
"I have asked Rob Hyde to end his bid for Congress," Romano wrote. "His campaign is a distraction for the Democrats to raise money and falsely label all Republicans with his antics. In my view he is not helping other Republican candidates or [President Donald Trump] win."
The post came after reports that Hyde may have been communicating through texts with a man who played a role in scandal involving Trump and Ukraine.
The House Intelligence Committee released messages on Tuesday night. They're from the phone of Lev Parnas, who is an associate of President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Parnas is accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Parnas was indicted on campaign finance charges back in October.
The texts show that Hyde seemed to be monitoring former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and attempts to make a financial deal.
Channel 3 reached out to Hyde but has not heard back, however he's expected to make a comment at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Yovanovitch's attorney is calling for an investigation.
Hyde is one of five Republican candidates looking to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Jahana Hayes in Connecticut's 5th District.
He has also come under fire for comments he's made on his Twitter page.
On Tuesday, he sent out a tweet calling the Senate majority leader "Adam Bull Schiff."
"This man has come out and said some of the worst things people can say about women, and how he's hooked himself into the Ukraine with what the President is doing. It's obnoxious," said Nancy Wyman, of the Connecticut Democratic Party.