Campaign Notebook: Senate Candidates Spin Poll Results

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


The latest Quinnipiac Poll showed Chris Murphy with a 49-43 lead over Linda McMahon. Both sides offered their side of the story after the results were released on Wednesday.

Corry Bliss, campaign manager for McMahon, said that Ramussen and Mason-Dixon polling firms found the race to be a dead heat.

“If it weren’t so close, Congressman Murphy might not be lying to the people of Connecticut about his record of voting for higher taxes for the middle class, voting against funding to build submarines in Groton,” Bliss said.

Murphy’s campaign fired off a similar missive to the press.

“After losing four debates and seeing the momentum shift strongly toward Chris, Linda McMahon is now relying completely on stale, desperate, and dishonest political attacks to distract voters from her extreme right-wing positions,” said spokesman Ben Marter. 

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) received the endorsement of the Hartford Courant. According to the editorial, “Republican control of the House the past two years has put a crimp in her style. Still, she's good at playing defense.”

Wayne Winsley (R):  A blog post on the candidate’s website discusses the campaign so far. “My message of moving people from food stamps to full time employment and helping businesses small and large to grow and create jobs for more of our neighbors is resonating and We the People are responding,” Winsley wrote.

Fourth District

The Nov. 6 election is fast approaching, so Steve Obsitnik and Jim Himes are utilizing different strategies to win the election. According to the Connecticut Mirror, Himes is focused on winning votes in right-leaning Shelton. Obsitnik is working in the cities, which typically vote for Democrats.

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) is heralding a settlement in a class-action Medicare lawsuit as a major victory for Medicare patients with chronic illnesses.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback talked to voters at a forum on Tuesday at Avon. According to Patch, the candidates saw eye-to-eye on social issues. That was not the case with economic issues.

First District

In a profile today in the Hartford Courant the newspaper says John Larson (D) and his opponent, John Henry Decker (R), have "stark differences."

Jacobo Arnez October 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
All that Super PAC money from the top is starting to take it's toll on McMahon. According to some new intended commercial spots we will be hearing the woman has Herpes and plans on infecting the entire State, also she will promoting Russian roulette tournaments at welfare offices. I just wish they could get these two in a wrestling ring, where I'm positive Linda would destroy that little weasel.
Hansa Junchun October 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Rosa DeLauro's crime spree gets the endorsement of the Courant? Naw... really?? Papers like the New Haven Register and Hartford Courant are dying not because print is out of date, but because fewer people want to plunk down $$ to be told their corrupt-to-the-core incumbents are the only thing saving us from extinction. Now, Denise Buffa's article on Wayne Winsley in the Hartford Courant suggested he suffers from black rage and abuses crack. Clearly the Courant is harping on latent racism to terrorize older white women into voting for Rosa to keep a dangerous African American away from Congress. Such is the gutter in which the so-called Progressives dwell, content to let fabulously wealthy incumbents like Rosa drive our country into total poverty -- because poverty and suffering means more power for their party elites! Fight racism and bigotry in the media and the ruling party! Down with Rosa DeLauro!
MAC October 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM
DeLauro is "good at playing defense.” Defending what?? Her own wealth? "POLITICAL OFFICE = GET-RICH SCAM "Only 5 years ago, Rosa DeLauro was worth a 'mere' $5 Million—thanks to Washington cronyism. Today Americans struggle to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression: lost jobs, foreclosed homes, retirement savings depleted. BUT NOT DELAURO—today HER net wealth has GROWN to an obscene $17+ MILLION! 'Professional Politician' indeed!"... "And HERE is the scam by which she stuffs her pockets–with campaign money! “Federal campaign records reveal a self-dealing relationship between a senior Democratic Connecticut congresswoman and her husband’s political consulting firm…the funds DeLauro donates to help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]' ultimately re-enter her household through her husband’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research 'for polling and other services…It’s not just a conflict of interest, ...It looks like she’s raising money and giving it to herself.' [No kidding!] '..Rosa DeLauro has established a persona of being a champion of the safety net while at the same time being a champion of amassing great wealth for herself and her husband [Stanley Greenberg] during her tenure in office.”... http://www.humanevents.com/2011/10/04/delauro-campaign-finances-raise-questions/ http://rosadelauroexposed.wordpress.com/ Vote for Wayne Winsley, man of Integrity! www.winsleyforcongress.org
Palin Smith October 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Looking back at Rosa DeLauro's 22 years in office is like viewing the wreckage from Hurricane Sandy. The problems are greater and the chance of fixing them further away. Frankly folks, the 3rd district would probably be in much better shape if Rosa had never been elected in the first place!


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