Campaign Notebook: McMahon's Stance on Emergency Contraceptives Questioned

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon (R): The candidate’s opposition to having the government force religious hospitals to issue emergency contraception for rape victims has, according to Talking Points Memo, lead “pro-choice advocates in the Nutmeg State to further question her abortion rights credentials.”

McMahon talked about the issue with the Hartford Courant editorial board last week.

Chris Murphy (D) attended a debate viewing party on Tuesday with the Norwalk Democratic campaign headquarters. The candidate – coming off a trio of debates with Linda McMahon – offered this advice to the president, reports Patch.

"[Obama] needs to really articulate the differences between an America under Romney and an America led by Obama," Murphy said.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro and Wayne Winsley will have their first and only debate on Sunday, Oct. 21. WFSB’s Face the State will be airing the debate at 11 a.m.

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik will debate business on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center. The debate, sponsored by the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, begins at 11:30 a.m.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback squared off in the first of several planned debates. The debate appeared to be a continuation of the television ads. According to the Hartford Courant:

Esty said the Republicans would jeopardize certain benefits for senior citizens, such as Social Security, and she frequently linked Roraback to U.S. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who recently came to Connecticut to raise money for Roraback.

Roraback also went on the offensive.

For his part, Roraback charged that Esty is primarily raising money for her campaign from people who work for businesses that her husband, Dan, deals with as commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

First District

John Decker (R), was in Torrington Tuesday taking part in a roundtable discussion where he shared his deas to improve Washington politics and spending, in part by cutting government jobs and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) today announced that nine eastern Connecticut towns have won $46,589 from the U.S. Department of Justice to buy bulletproof vests.

Christopher Schaefer October 18, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Rosa DeLauro excels in obfuscation: Notice how she avoids answering my question! [Text of my question and her non-answer is under this 2-part video.] You can expect a similar performance at the recorded WFSB debate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y58wLUHcYno&feature=share&list=PL5wsVsNCEygr9f9HtxTvtdGqNcaS-epwG The main reason she has remained in office so long is because she is a master of obfuscation and media manipulation: she spouts off irrelevant BS and skewed “statistics” to avoid actually answering questions, and only appears in public under very carefully controlled conditions. This is why the WFSB debate is being taped in a studio: she’d NEVER be able to handle a live debate.
Hansa Junchun October 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Someone recently said they support Rosa DeLauro because she personally affected them. Well! Rosa has affected me personally, too. Every time I hear of partisan gridlock in Congress, I think of Rosa and how her spiteful demagogy directly led to the breakdown of an entire Branch of federal government. Every time I hear of the Arab spring riots and civil war in Libya and Syria, I think of Rosa's nearsighted ethanol policy which starved North Africa and the Middle East. Every time I hear about seniority in Congress, I think of how Rosa paid $1 million for her chairmanship of the House Agricultural appropriations subcommittee. Every time I hear about Wall Street bankers getting big bonuses, I think of Rosa's TARP vote to bail them all out. 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 corporations. Every time I see my insurance premiums rise, I think of how Rosa helped impose HIPAA on us, which began the 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, one could say Rosa has done a lot to affect me personally, too.


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