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Campaign Notebook: Murphy's Attendance Record Criticized

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Linda McMahon’s campaign scrutinized U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy’s record again and claims that the congressman missed three-fourths of all committee hearings. Hearst Newspapers performed their own audit and came up with similar results.

“How can Congressman Murphy look the people of Connecticut in the eye and claim he deserves a promotion when he never even showed up for the taxpayer-funded job he already has?” said Corry Bliss, McMahon’s campaign manager.

Murphy’s campaign says McMahon is just trying to deflect the conversation about Social Security.

"Linda McMahon is desperately trying to change the subject as pressure mounts on her campaign following recent revelations that she unveiled her proposal to end Social Security with a `sunset provision' at a tea party meeting in April," Murphy spokesman Eli Zupnick said in a statement, reports the Connecticut Post.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The Hill reports that the Democrats’ strategy to turn Medicare into a key voter issue is paying off. DeLauro was cited in the article for saying that vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan would send the country “back before 1965” when the entitlement program was first created.

Wayne Winsley (R) spent Wednesday on the campaign trail. According to Facebook, his schedule include stops at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection breakfast, a business luncheon in New Haven, a press conference and finally, a candidates’ forum in Middletown.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): Himes’ campaign is sharing older news articles about Himes. One of them, published by Wilton Patch, looks at Himes’ decision in 2010 to “break party lines and step out against deficit spending.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) recently stopped by Francesa’s in Norwalk to tour the eatery while on the campaign trail. “Sure looks like [the owner] built that to me!” said one commenter.

Fifth District

Politico reports that a poll commissioned by a right-leaning organization shows Andrew Roraback with a seven point lead over Elizabeth Esty. The poll, conducted by American Viewpoint, also shows Linda McMahon with an 11 point lead over Chris Murphy.

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) was in East Hampton today, celebrating the Bevin Bros. Manucfacturing's comeback from a devastating fire last May. Courtney credited the community and the company's workers with putting the bell manufacturer back in business.

Paul Formica (R) will be campaigning at the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus tomorrow.

Hansa Junchun October 04, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Its curtains for Medicare if Rosa DeLauro remains in office beyond 2012. This is why she is howling about a War on Medicare. If the truth came out that Medicare is going to be gutted to pay for Obamacare, leaving seniors at the mercy of BIG INSURANCE, Rosa would be skidding on her fanny straight into retirement. Thanks to merciless exploiters and bombastic propagandists like DeLauro, we are driving toward a fiscal cliff and Congress is pressing the accelerator, thinking they can jump the chasm to prosperity. We need to oust all incumbents, especially the international corporations' best friend Rosa DeLaruo. Throwing her out is like pulling HARD on the steering wheel just before America joyrides to the bottom like Thelma and Louise.
Christopher Schaefer October 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
DeLauro lies to The Hill: “Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), vice chairwoman of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, said the ‘Romney-Ryan budget’ would take the country ‘back before 1965’ when Medicare was launched.” REALITY: As the most recent Medicare Trustees' report points out, compared with private insurance plans, Medicare payments to doctors are going to fall by half from 80% of what private plans pay to only 40% over the next two decades, thanks to Obama & DeLauro. Medicare hospital fees are less than 70% of what private insurers pay, and this percentage also will decline over time as well. The Medicare actuaries predict that one in seven hospitals will not survive these cuts, and that seniors will have increasing difficulty finding doctors who will see them. What does differ is their approach. The president's approach is inflexible. Ryan's approach has the advantage of making the cuts less painful by allowing market-based reforms instead of suppressing provider fees. Rather than directly helping physicians’ and hospitals’ to reduce their cost, Obamacare reduces their incomes and increases penalties which will drive doctors and hospitals out of business. If a provider is not paid at least the cost of a procedure, the provider simply will stop providing the procedure. This is the type of unique “DeLauro math” that led to the Solyndra bankruptcy scandal.

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