Teacher’s union hires former state house speaker

Robert Braddock Jr., former aide to ex-Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan, left, arrives with his attorney Frank Riccio II, at Federal Court to be sentenced in New Haven, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Braddock was found guilty in May of campaign finance and conspiracy charges. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state’s largest teacher’s union has hired former Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan.

Mark Waxenerg, the executive director of the Connecticut Education Association, tells the Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/1GLBDbM ) that Donovan is perfect fit for the job of field representative for the union, having served in a similar position with the community college system.

Donovan stepped down from the state legislature in 2012 to run for Congress, but lost in the Democratic primary to now-U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty after his campaign became enveloped in a financing scandal.

Prosecutors say campaign workers and others tried to hide the source of $27,500 in contributions to Donovan’s campaign, which was given in hopes of blocking state legislation that would harm the roll-your-own tobacco industry.

Donovan was not charged and denied wrongdoing.

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