Campaign Notebook: A One-Person 'Debate' About Jobs

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon may have declined Chris Murphy’s invitation to debate earlier this week in Hartford, but that didn’t stop Murphy from showing up at the debate anyways. According to CT News Junkie, Murphy spent the "debate" talking about his jobs plan and taking written questions from the crowd.

Some volunteers from the McMahon campaign reportedly showed up to heckle the congressman and hand out information about McMahon’s jobs plan.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): A story in the Connecticut Post about opponent Steve Obsitnik failing to vote in some elections is being used by the Himes campaign as political ammunition.

“We need everyone's input, and anyone running for Congress should know that,” Himes said in a statement. “It baffles me that someone who wants to represent us in Washington wouldn't feel that same commitment, especially in recent years, when the stakes have been so high. If they don't, they should reconsider why they are running for office."

Steve Obsitnik (R) released a statement saying that Todd Akin of Missouri should drop out of the senate race for the candidate’s “legitimate rape” comments.

“Akin's remarks concerning the 'legitimacy' of rape are outrageous and intolerable," Obsitnik said.  "His beliefs are an affront to victims, and all women, and do not reflect the views of the party I'm running to represent.  He should withdraw from the Missouri Senate race immediately."

Alethiologist August 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Copied from Obama's whitehouse web site under foreign policy goals at the beginning of his admin: Implemented a new strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan that re-focuses our efforts on disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and that begins the drawdown of U.S. forces in July 2011. Obama campaigned complaining Iraq was the "wrong war" and we should focus on Afghanistan as above. It's now become our "forgotten" and longest war in history. Obama says nothing about it during his campaign fund raisers preferring instead to infer its fair for half the country to pay no taxes.
Ipso Facto August 27, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Response to Alper - part 1 Taking advice from Al Alper on civil discourse is like hiring Charlie Sheen to give you anger management lessons. I accept that the term “Teanderthal” may be a bit pejorative. It implies low-brow, knuckle-dragging tendencies. Perhaps a more apt phrase is “political thug”. Like political thugs currently in vogue around the world (Russia, Syria, Iran, and China to name a few) or in the past (Brown Shirts, Black Shirts), their banners are all about patriotism, but this is merely a cover for their extremism. Their standard is Make-No-Compromise and and their goal is the destruction of their opponents by any means. If political power is achieved, time to slip on the velvet glove to hide the mail fist and other grisly tools. Today in the U.S. these political thugs, fueled by billionaire reactionaries, have captured the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Read over the Platform document that the GOP will release this week and you will see what I mean. Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize this GOP – and certainly wouldn’t receive the nomination. Lincoln and Douglass wouldn’t get in the door.
Ipso Facto August 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Response to Alper - part 2 But, I digress. Al has reached the “velvet glove” stage in this process. I can certainly understand why he would like to play the statesman. Here’s a guy who (with his goon squad) knee-capped Republican sages in Wilton (“they’re just RINO’s”). Who anonymously authored numerous disparaging and scurrilous comments on the Wilton Patch under various nom de plumes. Who cooked up the scheme to throw the Republican Town Registrar under the bus in the 2010 election so he could install his own crony and turn a non-partisan office into a partisan weapon. Who this year supported a rank amateur thug to run for the U.S. Senate against one of the smartest, most experienced Republicans ever elected to Congress by Connecticut voters; that this guarantees the seat will go to the Democrats is of little consequence to the thugs. I weep for our great nation. Compromise is the lifeblood of democracy and these thugs – DeMint, Paul, Ryan, et.al. – are determined to have things there way or destroy American in the process. So, good luck with the re-branding scheme, Al. The moderates who built a vibrant, constructive Wilton RTC and whom you torched in your inimitable scorched-earth style aren’t having any of it. We’ve moved on; many, like me, devote ourselves to building institutions in Wilton to serve our wonderful community. But I am not going to let someone who is the antithesis of a statesman try to portray himself as one.
Alethiologist August 27, 2012 at 01:33 AM
IF Interesting Both the Wrtc and the Wdtc are inept. Neither represents the interests of the electorate. They are only interested in perpetuating their grip on power and influence. Neither produce, with few exceptions, individuals who cherish "consent of the governed" principles. Neither did anything to reduce or even control taxes during one of the most difficult recessions in generations. I understand bill Brennan buried some 700,000 for road work and they all cowered and voted for a conduit few think is necessary. So that's a million dollars misspent. They run from opposing views instead of manning up. We have very different opinions on national politics but have the same frustration levels with local nonsense. As I say, interesting.
Alethiologist August 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
In politics, silence is agreement.


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