Campaign Notebook: McMahon, Murphy Finish Debates

News and updates from the campaign trial in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy debated for the fourth and final time on Thursday. Social security and women’s issues were some of the main topics. According to CBS News:

Throughout, Democrat Murphy cast himself as a defender of the middle class and McMahon as a hard-hearted plutocrat. Republican McMahon, who is running in a largely blue state, defined herself as an "independent thinker" and a job creator and slammed Murphy as a failed career politician.

As with the past debates, both candidates repeated many of the same talking points. According to the New York Times:

The debate, which broke little new ground as both candidates largely recycled talking points from previous debates, ended a phase of the campaign. Mr. Murphy has been gaining a bit of momentum in a tight race that had earlier been dominated by Ms. McMahon’s aggressive campaign and expensive television ads.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): A letter from DeLauro’s campaign manager asking supporters for donations says DeLauro “is fighting against a Tea-Party agenda that is working to dismantle what we have achieved and block us from progress moving forward.

Wayne Winsley (R) said on Facebook that he’s looking forward to having breakfast with activist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik squared off in a debate in Norwalk on Thursday. The candidates discussed what they’d do about deadlock in Congress, when to withdraw from Afghanistan and the nation’s debt, according to the Stamford Advocate. The candidates debate again on Nov. 2 at Wilton High School.

Fifth District

The Hill reports that Speaker John Boehner – who campaigned for Andrew Roraback – has become a “boogeyman” on the campaign trail. According to the publication, “[Elizabeth] Esty drops Boehner’s name as much as she does Mitt Romney’s or Paul Ryan’s” in an attempt to liken Roraback to other Republicans who might be less popular in Connecticut.

Second Disrict

Paul Formica (R) is trailing his opponent, incumbent Joseph Courtney (D), by nearly $1 million in campaign donations, The Day of New London reports.

Christopher Schaefer October 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Rosa DeLauro left a few details out of her profile: http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
Christopher Schaefer October 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Rosa DeLauro: At the televised “debate” on WFSB: Her answers all were virtually identical to those she gave last Sunday at a church-sponsored forum on poverty—even though all the questions were completely different! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT406srfQYc&feature=share&list=PL5wsVsNCEygo6rCWCN2jlOCRO1R0jUpa0 Notice that she has a binder to look up answers while Winsley is talking. After 22 years you'd think she wouldn't need it to be an open-book exam. Delauro: creating jobs means getting constructions unions to get my support for govt-paid "infrastructure" TEMPORARY jobs. Winsely: "You can't love jobs but hate job creators [i.e. business]". Re. New Haven violence, DeLauro: childproof locks on guns. Winsley: give kids role models and a future. Re. illegal immigration, Winsley: "America has always been a welcoming nation...We're a nation of immigrants...It should be as difficult to enter the US as it is to enter a Holiday Inn: we all have to check in." Debate format was too short to address ObamaCare adequately, but you can read plenty here: http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
Hansa Junchun October 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
DeLauro has fought for NOTHING except the DNC Steering Committee's express demands. She is their go-fer, and nobody does cheap partisan propaganda better than Rosa! Jimmy Tickey is a cheap shill for the campaign slush fund that rolls dupes' donations into two places: Rosa's Roman banquets held every Tuesday evening at her DC townhouse for the party elites and their extremist ideologues OR into the DNC general fund, where Rosa makes payments to upkeep her seniority in the Democrat house leadership. Rosa paid $1,000,000 for her chairmanship of the House Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee in 2007. It had nothing to do with seniority or leadership, but how much money she diverted into DNC coffers. It takes a million to be a leader, and keeping it requires "maintenance fees" starting at $100,000 per year. Rosa's record shows she has achieved nothing in her 22 years. No sponsored bills ever became law. In the Face the State debate, she referred to her National Infrastructure Bank legislation, but failed to mention its been around for 16 years, and not even Pelosi or Obama would consider passing it into law! That's how bitterly extreme Rosa is. Forget Diaper or Rice Acts: her hated bank can't get anwhere because Rosa has made too many enemies in her own party, and is completely Persona Non Grata in the the Republican-led house. Rosa is finished. Its over. She is ineffective as a legislator, horrible as a whip, and awful as an advocate. Time for change!!
MAC November 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Yes! Vote for Wayne Winsley and Retire Rosa, "Diva of Debt, Deficit, and Dependency" from her 22 years as a 'career politician' in congress. "We ALL Win with Winsley!" whether you are Democrat, Republican or unaffiliated! Thanks for the humor and wisdom, Wayne--delivered with such enthusiasm, intelligence and personal warmth during this crucial campaign. For those who have not met Wayne at a meeting or one of the rallies (he's in Hamden right now at 1950 Dixwell Ave. until 4:30)--please check him out at www.winsleyforcongress.org. Please spread the word about what a fantastic replacement for DeLauro that Winsley will be in congress! Wayne is also on Facebook. www.facebook.com/Winsley.for.Congress If you support Wayne, you can help by picking up a sign, gather some friends and family and hold an impromptu rally at a well-trafficked intersection! You can help tomorrow by standing at a polling place in the 3rd Congressional District with a Winsley sign, wearing his button and a smile, and letting voters know: "You have a real CHOICE for congress! We All Win with Winsley!" Here is a one minute video message from Wayne: http://t.co/x7Rxb9DC "You have a choice this election!"


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