- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former state senator seeking the Democratic Party nomination for a vacant senate seat from Bridgeport is challenging a rival’s endorsement.

The Connecticut Post reports (https://bit.ly/1AMiqDz ) that former Sen. Ed Gomes says Edwin Farrow, who cast a tie-breaking vote for City Councilman Richard DeJesus, should have recused himself because he was DeJesus’ real estate attorney.

Attorney John King, who represented DeJesus at a dispute-resolution panel meeting Tuesday, said there was no conflict because there was no financial gain.

Farrow chaired the Jan. 15 nominating convention to replace former state Sen. Andres Ayala who’s Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s pick for motor vehicles commissioner.

Gomes will still be on the Feb. 24 ballot because he’s endorsed by the Working Families Party. But the Democrats’ endorsement is a path to $11,500 in public financing.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com

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