Campaign Notebook: Murphy Campaign Quiet on Finances

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


The election is less than two months away, and polls show a close race with Linda McMahon sometimes with a slight lead in the Democrat-heavy state. According to a campaign analysis from the CT Mirror, there have been some strategic lapses from Chris Murphy’s camp.

The question is one the Murphy campaign declines to address a week after disclosures about the candidate's past financial problems, opting instead to brush aside the query with a retreat to campaign talking points.

Nor will the campaign say why Murphy is refusing to release loan documents that could rebut McMahon's innuendo that he and his wife couldn't have subsequently obtained a $43,000 line of home-equity credit without political favoritism.

A Web-only video released by the Murphy campaign criticizes McMahon’s record as CEO of WWE.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The candidate’s website details her positions on various issues, such as the security of the country. According to the website, DeLauro, “believes that protecting our country means protecting the individual freedoms that we have fought so hard to secure. That is why she believes that torture has no place on America’s agenda, at home or abroad.”

Wayne Winsley (R): Roll Call, a newspaper dedicated to covering Capitol Hill, details Winsley’s planned standup comedy fundraiser. According to the article, Winsley is a former comedian who once shared the stage with Chris Rock and others.

Elsewhere in Connecticut

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): Congress faces a “fiscal cliff” when a series of tax cuts and spending decisions soon expire. Jim Himes said a Republican bill seeks to prolong the uncertainty without making any serious decisions.

“We agreed last summer that cuts to both defense spending and safety net programs would go into effect at the beginning of 2013 in order to compel both sides into an adult discussion about long-term deficit reduction, but now the GOP is walking away from their own deal,” Himes said in a statement. “We need a balanced, long-term deficit reduction plan, like the one I voted for earlier this year, not political games that make the prospects of the fiscal cliff even more real.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) penned a letter to the editor telling Fourth District voters that they deserve better than a third Jim Himes term.

“Any discussion of fiscal responsibility starts with job creation. Most of the federal debt reduction plans rely on a jobs growth assumption of 2.5 million jobs. Right now we're generating less than half that number. We need to get our jobs engine running,” he wrote in the letter published by the Connecticut Post.

Fifth District

The Record-Journal takes a look at the differing economic philosophies of Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback. The candidates offer different views on taxes, debt and spending.  

Christopher Schaefer September 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM
THIRD District: Rosa DeLauro & Wayne Winsley discuss ObamaCare [Be sure to see readers’ comments.]: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/whos_your_health_care_match/
Hansa Junchun September 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Murphy is quiet on his finances because all of his donations come from Wall Street. He is a Wall street banking hedge fund hyena. He's no different than his veteran accomplice, Rosa DeLauro, who has peddled for campaign donations in exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate subsidies and kickbacks, as well as opportunistic laws for predatory tort lawyers. Rosa's been in Congress too long. Its like another planet, and she's forgotten what life's like on Earth. Or at least in the middle class. She has done enough damage, and now its time to go. But so many people seem to love her. Why not have a debate? Let's see Rosa debate Winsley, face-to-face. She is proud of her record. Let's see her promote why she deserves another 2 years.... After 22 years of partisan extremism, overseeing the deindustrialization of America, the bankrupting of millions of people, the loss of half of the middle-class's wealth, the rise of GMO and hundreds of billions of dollars to global agro-corporations, her love affair with ethanol, which caused the spreading of Arab spring revolutions which has killed tens of thousands, "saving" GM at a cost of $50 billion, her appallingly evil banker bailout vote for TARP, her pointless stimulus vote, her "enrich tort lawyers" law known as the Ledbetter act, and on and on and on!


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