Campaign Notebook: Boisterous Crowd at Senate Debate

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


The third debate between Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon was a wild one due to a raucous crowd. According to the Connecticut Mirror, the crowd, “asserted itself with repeated interruptions of Murphy that ranged from derisive laughter to boos to one woman's shout for him to simply ‘shut up.’"

After the third of four debates came to an end, Murphy accused McMahon of bringing in supporters, “to shout me down off the stage because she’s afraid of debating the issues,” reports the Associated Press.

The debate ended suddenly for television viewers when Linda McMahon (R) had her closing remarks cut off. A post on her Facebook page saying the statement should be aired on the 11 p.m. news received 2,400 “likes” from supporters. WTNH apologized for ending the debate short and said the full debate can be viewed on its website.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter died on Sunday after representing Pennsylvania for decades – both as a Democrat and a Republican. DeLauro said this about him on Twitter:

Arlen Specter will be remembered as a supporter of biomedical research, independent mind, thoughtful and serious legislator.

Wayne Winsley (R) had two campaign events on Tuesday. First, he met with voters at the North Branford Senior Center. Later that evening, a “flash mob” of supporters was planned for downtown New Haven.

Fourth District

Jim Himes made a campaign stop in Monroe and said he is “feeling optimistic,” reports Patch. Himes criticized opponent Steve Obsitnik for not being, “clear on Medicare vouchers and he refuses to say whether he supports the Republican budget.”

Obsitnik’s campaign responded that Himes is “pushing this narrative” that’s untrue.

“They must not be listening, because Steve has been pretty specific about what he wants to do as far as preserving and protecting Medicare, to reduce and balance the budget and to simplify the tax code," said Amanda Bergen, spokesperson for Obsitnik’s campaign.

Second District

Paul Formica (R) was in Madison today as part of his "Small Business Tour" initiative. Joseph Courtney (D) issued a statement today on the 1.7 percent cost of living increase in Social Security, saying it's smaller than he would like to see but still beneficial to seniors.

Fifth District

The Fifth District remains tightly contested in the polls, but not when it comes to finances. The Hartford Courant reports Elizabeth Esty raised $2.7 million so far, and Andrew Roraback raised $1.18 million. Esty contributed $525,000 of her own money, but only has $208,000 on hand at the end of the quarter. Roraback gave $25,000 of his own money but has $306,000 left.

The money raised doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as both campaigns have outside groups spending approximately $1 million each to influence the election.

Hansa Junchun October 17, 2012 at 02:12 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. 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. There is no 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.
Rosie October 17, 2012 at 03:12 PM
"WTNH apologized for ending the debate short and said the full debate can be viewed on its website." WTNH has become a horrible news show of late. To much fluff and not enough news. And the so-called meteorologists stink, especially the one at night. Could care less how she looks, get the friggin weather right. (The rain has ended across CT...meanwhile, it is pouring outside. Try looking out once in a while). And her voice...like nails on a chalkboard... I now watch channel 3. Back to the subject...Murphy was laughed at because he is a big joke. He doesn't have a clue what's going on. Maybe if he spent a little more time actually attending sessions, he would. But, he was born with a silver spoon and conducts himself as such...he thinks he is better than most of us. But, I see right through it. McMahon has my vote.
Patrick Madley October 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Rosie I definitely agree with you about WTNH weather! I was a fan of the old regime including the late Dr. Mel, Geoff Fox, Matt Scott, and it took me a while for Gil Simmons but I've come to like him. The new ones are horrible. Steve is okay but I haven't even seen him lately... Hansa, I will be supporting Rosa because Rosa has done a lot to affect me personally.
Hansa Junchun October 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
That's nice, Patrick. Rosa has affected me personally, too. Every time I hear of hopeless partisan gridlock, I think of Rosa and her brutal hack demagogy. Every time I hear of the Arab spring riots, I think of Rosa's nearsighted ethanol policy. Every time I hear about her seniority in Congress, I think of how Rosa paid $1 million for her chairmanship of the House Agricultural appropriations subcommittee. Every time I hear of corruption and money laundering, I think of Rosa's insider trading that earned her $4 million while the rest of us lost 40% of our asset values. Every time I hear of food stamp usage increasing, I think of Rosa's fabulous banquets at her DC townhouse, paid for with campaign cash, to wine and dine members of the DNC steering committee and lobbyists from the biggest international corporations. Every time I see my insurance premiums rise, I think of how Rosa helped impose HIPAA on us, which began the incredible annual double-digit rate increases for health insurance. Rosa's stripped wealth from me and my family, while she enriched herself at the same time. So yes, you could say Rosa has done a lot to affect me personally, too.


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