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Patch's Poll: Do Political Endorsements Really Matter In An Election?

The AFL-CIO just endorsed Chris Murphy, but with our increasingly independent electorate, do you think this will have an effect on voter opinion?

One of the largest public unions in Connecticut, the AFL-CIO, endorsed Democratic frontrunner Chris Murphy in his bid for the 2012 U.S. Senate seat.

According to the Connecticut Mirror, Murphy took the opportunity to proclaim that his candidacy was more about the importance of working families and organized labor against big moneyed interests looking to buy elections.

He also focused his attention on the Republican candidate, Linda McMahon, and how her side represents the billionaire interests, and less on his Democratic opponent, Susan Bysiewicz, the news site reported.

Murphy then went on to credit the AFL-CIO for helping Democrats win all five congressional seats in Connecticut back in 2010, in a year when Republicans swept many house races and ousted a number of incumbents, the news site reported.

"You want to know why Connecticut survived that tidal wave of Republican wins across the country?" Murphy said, according to the Mirror. "We did it because you built the biggest and the baddest grass-roots effort in the country."

It’s also to note that the AFL-CIO also endorsed Chris Donovan, the frontrunner candidate for the 5th District seat who’s campaign is facing a federal investigation into alleged campaign finance fraud.

Do you think union endorsements, or endorsements from newspapers or other politicians, have an effect on the outcome of an election? Or do you think that the majority of Connecticut voters, who are unaffiliated with any political parties in this state, could care less about endorsements and already have in mind who they plan on voting for? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

MAC June 27, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I disagree with Murphy as to "why Connecticut survived that tidal wave of Republican wins across the country" in 2010. The real answer is that most voters in CT just blindly go to the polls and vote for anyone with a (D) after his or her name!! I would hope that after the disasters Malloy and Obama have turned out to be, and the further damage they have wreaked upon our economies, that voters would have finally learned their lessons. I'm not giving up though! As long as we live here, I will be involved trying to help elect good people of integrity and COMMON SENSE, who are NOT "career politicians" like Murphy and DeLauro! Two of my favorites are Wayne Winsley running against DeLauro, and Mark Greenberg, who has to defeat the career politician Andrew Roraback for the 5th district Republican slot! Though I am not in their districts, I can contribute to their campaigns, encourage others to meet them, or at least see and share their websites, etc. Please check out Winsley's FB, or his website, and see this impressive videos: **Wayne Winsley Rocks Republican Convention** Hartford, CT May 18, 2012. June 8 Rally 680.wmv More, including events and statements on Wayne's website: http://www.winsleyforcongress.com/
Patrick Madley June 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM
MAC, I disagree. CT survives the tidal wave of Republicans in 2010 because we are a heavily democratic state. Not because people go blindly to the polls and vote for anyone with a D next to their name...
Hansa Junchun June 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Chris Murphy is a Wall Street One Percenter Wunderkind who raped and pillaged Main street, helping to drive millions of good paying union jobs into the hellish slave pits of Asia. And for that, the AFL-CIO kisses him on the forehead and says, "God be with you, my son." This is why unions are dying. They endorse their own killers.
Hansa Junchun June 28, 2012 at 06:59 PM
If the AFL-CIO has any guts, they'll endorse Winsley in the Third, and send their workers into the neighborhoods to pay Rosa in her own coin for all the backstabbing she's done over the years. Productive manufacturing and high-quality high-paying industrial jobs are staying away from this district, this state, and the entire country until she is gone and competitive businesses are allowed to come back.
MAC July 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hansa is on the right track, not that I disagree with what Patrick wrote, that "we are a heavily democratic state." However, Patrick, I maintain that most of those "Democrats" have closed their eyes to the facts that Hansa has alluded to, that the DEM party of today is NOT JKF's party, and NOT the "party of the little guy--the working man"!! Rather, the DEM party of today is wedded to the notion of BIG government, as perfectly exemplified by DeLauro, who wants people to be DEPENDENT upon government for everything from diapers to food, housing, medical care etc. etc. etc.!! Patrick, I urge you to take the opportunity to meet Wayne Winsley, even if you are not in his district. He is common sense and inspiring, and a man of INTEGRITY, the opposite in just about every way from career politician DeLauro.

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