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Campaign Notebook: Murphy 'On the Defense About Job Creation'

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Linda McMahon (R): Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch cracked a joke that that Bridgeport will deliver votes for a Chris Murphy win, even if they’re a few days late. The reference to Bridgeport’s 2010 election woes didn’t go over well with the McMahon campaign, according to the Associated Press.

Chris Murphy (D): Candidates throughout the country know that this election is all about the economy. That’s part of the reason why Murphy is trying to take over the issues of jobs in light of Linda McMahon’s campaign.

According to the Stamford Advocate, Murphy is “on the defense about job creation,” but the candidate is working to change that.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro and Wayne Winsley have not yet had their first debate, but there was a candidate’s forum in New Haven on Sunday where they each addressed the crowd at different times. According to Winsley’s Facebook page, he was, “told that I can't enter the Candidate Forum until Rosa DeLauro has left the building.”

Other Districts

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik fielded questions about the economy, abortion and other issues at a forum in Westport, reports the Westport News. The candidates disagreed on the the issue of health care, but found common ground in supporting sanctions on Iran.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback will square off in their first debate on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Warner Theater in Torrington. The candidates will have three more debates after this one.

Hansa Junchun October 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Wayne Winsley has been campaigning hard, with boots on the ground and hands of friendship extended to every person who is willing to grasp it, regardless of willingness or ability to vote. Contrast this with the arrogant extremist incumbent, Rosa DeLauro, who whittles away her time shmoozing her fabulously wealthy and elite supporters at closed functions. Independents, Unaffiliateds, non-voters, disappointed Democrats and especially anyone registered "R" are NOT welcomed or respected by the Congresswoman. DeLauro has spent 22 years hating and abusing anyone who questions her motives or sincerity. She set the tone for the total gridlock that has paralyzed Congress in its tracks. Her legacy is the total enfeeblement of the legislature, and the empowerment of the executive. A very scary and disturbing legacy, indeed! Worst of all, Rosa is proving herself to be a partisan bigot, refusing to appear on stage or even in the same building as her African-American challenger. What IS this? Now, we understand Rosa received her political upbringing before the Civil Right Act of 1964, but come on! This is 2012 and four years after the first African-American President was elected overwhelmingly due to white middle class voters. There is no absolutely excuse for Rosa DeLauro's racial bias in this day and age! The Congresswoman must prove she is otherwise by debating Winsley fair and square.
KevinMcG October 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Wayne Winsely may be a tireless campainger but he's got a snowball's chance in hell of unseating DeLauro. Why give her opponent any exposure? She's a smart politician. She is also by far one of the most active and accessible member of congress. She serves "all" her constituents well and deserves reelection.
Hansa Junchun October 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Rosa serves herself! She is an incumbent, and incumbents like DeLauro and Larson serve only themselves! Wayne Winsley is working to be elected Third District's representative to the U.S. Congress, and is easily the first candidate to come along who can genuinely cut across all party lines and represent our united interests in Washington. And that's not an easy thing to say of anyone seeking public office. The biggest problem facing our nation has everything to do with acute partisanship in Congress. It has been locked in a struggle where every word by the players are calculated to gain or lose for the party at any given moment. This partisan game is more important than getting the business of the people accomplished. This is an incumbents' game. One has to have been in Congress for a long time to master this game. That's another reason I like Wayne: he has pledged to term-limit himself to eight years in office, should the people desire it. This is what Connecticut Congressman Toby Moffatt had done. He served the people, and then left before he grew too comfortable to serve himself. What about Wayne's affiliation? He's for the people. He has no axes to grind. No favors to hand out. No reason to attack other Congressmen. He is ready to represent every single one of us from the get-go. One voice, one vote, ready to serve! That's why Wayne Winsley has earned the votes of myself and my whole family and network of friends in this district.

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