Campaign Notebook: Protest and a Rally

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


U.S. Sen. John McCain joined Linda McMahon (R) on the campaign trail in Connecticut on Monday, with planned stops at the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Danbury and a meeting of McMahon supports at the Norwalk Inn.

"This election rests on the veterans," McCain told veterans, reports Danbury Patch. "Turn out the vote. I want each of you to call 50 people. Even call your mother-in-law. This is a call to action." 

Chris Murphy (D) criticized the company opponent Linda McMahon keeps. The Murphy campaign says McCain “led the charge” on a plan that “nearly cost the state its submarine base and tens of thousands of Connecticut jobs.”

“Whether it’s Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or John McCain, Linda McMahon just can’t hide her close ties to the national Republicans that she hopes to join in Washington,” said Ben Marter, a spokesperson for Murphy. “McMahon has already publicly toyed with the idea of closing Connecticut’s sub base, but cozying up to the man who almost single-handedly destroyed southeastern Connecticut’s economy is beyond the pale.”


Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) was recently lauded by the Concord Coalition for his support of a failed budget that would have reduced the nation’s debt. His campaign, in a press release, emphasized that “Himes’ commitment to fiscal responsibility is not new” and began in his first term.

“In early 2010, he and three other first-term representatives urged House Leadership to cut actual spending when the House passed a budget for the coming fiscal year. Later that year, he helped lead a group with three other first-term representatives that sought creative ways to reduce wasteful spending, introducing $70 billion in cuts.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) talked with the Hartford Courant about the record of opponent Jim Himes and the chances of winning in the Fourth District.

“People have gotten very invigorated about the fact that we need to have a fiscally conservative, socially moderate person back in this district, and that’s what I represent,” Obsitnik said. 




Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The fundraising deadline for the quarter was Sept. 30, and DeLauro was among the many candidates throughout the state asking supporters for donation via email.

Are we going to attempt again to build our economy from the top-down by giving more tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, or are we going to grow our economy from the bottom-up by creating jobs, investing in education and health care?” DeLauro said in the email.

Wayne Winsley (R): Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan was in Connecticut for some fundraising events. A photo on Winsley’s Facebook page shows the two candidates posing together.


Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty (D) opposes the Keystone natural gas pipeline, yet employees from a law firm representing the backers of the pipeline have contributed more than $26,000 to her campaign. According to the CT Mirror, Esty worked for the Sidley Austin law firm for a short time in the 1980s and was unaware of their involvement with the pipeline.

Andrew Roraback (R) appeared on NPR’s “Where We Live” and described himself as a moderate Republican, while criticizing extremists in both of the major parties, reports the Register Citizen.

“There’s been no middle ground,” Roraback said. “Both parties have been going away from the center.”

Alethiologist October 02, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Himes and Murphy remind me of puppet Charlie McCarthy. I don't know what it is, but each time I met them, it seemed I was talking to a play book. Policy wonks.
Cliff Cuming October 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
AP Analysis: Skyrocketing Federal Deficit Could Provide Opening For Romney Tom Raum, in an analysis for the AP , notes that "shortly after his inauguration in January 2009, Obama pledged to cut the budget deficit, then $1.3 trillion, in half by the end of his first term." Raum adds, "When fiscal 2012 ended at midnight Sunday, the outgoing 12-month yearly deficit was again $1.3 trillion - the fourth consecutive year it has exceeded $1 trillion," which "helped push the national debt to a shade over $16 trillion, up from $10.7 trillion when Obama took office." According to Raum, "Obama has long since stopped talking up his old goal of reducing deficits in half."
Cliff Cuming October 02, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Report: Fiscal Cliff Would Mean A Tax Hike For 90% Of Americans The CBS Evening News reported in its lead story that "according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, the United States is now on the threshold of one of the largest tax increases in history-- a tax hike that could average $3,500 for every American household. ... The increases are so large because the nation's biggest tax cuts all expire three months from now on New Year's Day. They include the Bush-era Federal income tax cuts, the payroll tax cut that lowered Social Security and Medicare taxes, and several remaining stimulus tax cuts that all go away January 1 unless Congress and the President reach a deal on the budget


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