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Campaign Notebook: Murphy Campaign Quiet on Finances

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Campaign Notebook: Murphy Campaign Quiet on Finances


The election is less than two months away, and polls show a close race with Linda McMahon sometimes with a slight lead in the Democrat-heavy state. According to a campaign analysis from the CT Mirror, there have been some strategic lapses from Chris Murphy’s camp.

The question is one the Murphy campaign declines to address a week after disclosures about the candidate's past financial problems, opting instead to brush aside the query with a retreat to campaign talking points.

Nor will the campaign say why Murphy is refusing to release loan documents that could rebut McMahon's innuendo that he and his wife couldn't have subsequently obtained a $43,000 line of home-equity credit without political favoritism.

A Web-only video released by the Murphy campaign criticizes McMahon’s record as CEO of WWE.

Fourth District


Jim Himes (D): Congress faces a “fiscal cliff” when a series of tax cuts and spending decisions soon expire. Jim Himes said a Republican bill seeks to prolong the uncertainty without making any serious decisions.

“We agreed last summer that cuts to both defense spending and safety net programs would go into effect at the beginning of 2013 in order to compel both sides into an adult discussion about long-term deficit reduction, but now the GOP is walking away from their own deal,” Himes said in a statement. “We need a balanced, long-term deficit reduction plan, like the one I voted for earlier this year, not political games that make the prospects of the fiscal cliff even more real.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) penned a letter to the editor telling Fourth District voters that they deserve better than a third Jim Himes term.

“Any discussion of fiscal responsibility starts with job creation. Most of the federal debt reduction plans rely on a jobs growth assumption of 2.5 million jobs. Right now we're generating less than half that number. We need to get our jobs engine running,” he wrote in the letter published by the Connecticut Post.




Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The candidate’s website details her positions on various issues, such as the security of the country. According to the website, DeLauro, “believes that protecting our country means protecting the individual freedoms that we have fought so hard to secure. That is why she believes that torture has no place on America’s agenda, at home or abroad.”

Wayne Winsley (R): Roll Call, a newspaper dedicated to covering Capitol Hill, details Winsley’s planned standup comedy fundraiser. According to the article, Winsley is a former comedian who once shared the stage with Chris Rock and others.


Fifth District

The Record-Journal takes a look at the differing economic philosophies of Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback. The candidates offer different views on taxes, debt and spending.  

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