Campaign Notebook: McMahon, Murphy Finish Debates

News and updates from the campaign trial in Connecticut.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): A letter from DeLauro’s campaign manager asking supporters for donations says DeLauro “is fighting against a Tea-Party agenda that is working to dismantle what we have achieved and block us from progress moving forward.

Wayne Winsley (R) said on Facebook that he’s looking forward to having breakfast with activist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.

Fifth District

The Hill reports that Speaker John Boehner – who campaigned for Andrew Roraback – has become a “boogeyman” on the campaign trail. According to the publication, “[Elizabeth] Esty drops Boehner’s name as much as she does Mitt Romney’s or Paul Ryan’s” in an attempt to liken Roraback to other Republicans who might be less popular in Connecticut.

Second Disrict

Paul Formica (R) is trailing his opponent, incumbent Joseph Courtney (D), by nearly $1 million in campaign donations, The Day of New London reports.


Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy debated for the fourth and final time on Thursday. Social security and women’s issues were some of the main topics. According to CBS News:

Throughout, Democrat Murphy cast himself as a defender of the middle class and McMahon as a hard-hearted plutocrat. Republican McMahon, who is running in a largely blue state, defined herself as an "independent thinker" and a job creator and slammed Murphy as a failed career politician.

As with the past debates, both candidates repeated many of the same talking points. According to the New York Times:

The debate, which broke little new ground as both candidates largely recycled talking points from previous debates, ended a phase of the campaign. Mr. Murphy has been gaining a bit of momentum in a tight race that had earlier been dominated by Ms. McMahon’s aggressive campaign and expensive television ads.

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik squared off in a debate in Norwalk on Thursday. The candidates discussed what they’d do about deadlock in Congress, when to withdraw from Afghanistan and the nation’s debt, according to the Stamford Advocate. The candidates debate again on Nov. 2 at Wilton High School.

Christopher Schaefer October 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Actually, DeLauro is desperately struggling to hang onto her political office, because the truth about DeLauro has been exposed: http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
Palin Smith October 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Watch what Peter Wolfgang said today at the Religious Freedom Rally in New Haven. http://youtu.be/xMhbRnM6g08
Kenny October 21, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Rosa DeLauro is bankrupting America. As a member of the Progressive (i.e. Socialist) Caucus she votes for spending with total disregard for fiscal discipline and future generations. Consider some of her votes over the past four years: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) H.R. 1; P.L. 111-5 (i.e. $787 billion “stimulus”) This failed attempt to stimulate the economy was, in reality, a payoff to the politically connected, as well as an amalgam of wasteful pork barrel projects aimed at reelecting Democrats. Though Obama promised it would keep unemployment below 8%, the effective unemployment rate is now over 11%. Chronic long-term employment is now estimated at more than 15%. American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 H.R.2454 – (“Cap and Trade”)—This attempt to put a cap on carbon dioxide emissions and set up a convoluted regulatory trading apparatus is, in reality, a gigantic regressive tax on America’s families and the economy. The secret 2009 Treasury Dept. study estimated the annual direct and indirect energy costs at $1,761 per family; the Heritage Foundation estimated the cost at $3,000 rising to $4,600 per family over the period 2012-2035. DeLauoro lied by saying it would cost the equivalent of one postage stamp per day (about $160 annually). Whoops! Fortunately, it failed to pass the Senate.
Kenny October 21, 2012 at 03:30 AM
DeLauro also voted for: Rosa DeLauro's voting record is a disgrace. She also voted for: Affordable Health Care Act (P.L. 111-148) Otherwise known as “ObamaCare,” this inaptly titled law will reduce the quality and increase the cost of healthcare in the U.S., cause higher health insurance premiums, lead to rationed care, add millions to the Medicaid rolls, create a massive federal bureaucracy, drive doctors out of the profession, slash Medicare Advantage, unconstitutionally force individuals to buy health insurance, and increase the federal deficit by at least $3 trillion by 2020. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173; P.L. 111-203) This massive bill, sponsored by the two authors of the financial debacle, creates an oppressive regulatory burden on financial institutions whose costs will be passed on to consumers, reinforces the “too big to fail” philosophy that led to the financial collapse, and ignores the corruption and malfeasance that riddle Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Raise the debt ceiling (H.J.R. 45; P.L. 111-139) On Feb. 4, 2010, the House voted 217-212 to raise the debt ceiling by $1.9 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion. At this rate of spending, Ben Bernanke estimated that, by 2020, it will take all federal income tax revenues just to pay our interest on the national debt.
Kenny October 21, 2012 at 03:36 AM
And, as a toady for the leadership of organized labor, DeLauro also voted to deny workers their democratic voice in union organizing elections: Card Check (H.R. 800). This Orwellian titled “Employee Free Choice Act” Is a payoff to organized labor that would have denied workers a secret ballot in union organizing elections and force more workers involuntarily into labor unions. Polls show that 85% of workers are opposed to this form of coercion. But not DeLauro. As a socialist, she cares more about increasing the ranks of union members and, consequently, the dues that flow involuntarily into the coffers of Democrat candidates. This is the highest form of corruption. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of DeLauro's atrocious voting records.


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