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Campaign Notebook: Seniors Rally, Women 'Pandered' To

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Campaign Notebook: Seniors Rally, Women 'Pandered' To


Seniors Rally Against McMahon

About 20 protesters, most of them senior citizens, demonstrated at Linda McMahon’s campaign headquarters in North Haven on Monday against what they say is the Republican U.S. Senate candidate's desire to "sunset" Social Security and Medicare.

The protesters said they were reacting to  comments McMahon made at a Tea Party forum in Waterford where she proposed adding a "sunset provision" to the Social Security Act.

‘Pandering’ for Female Votes

Chris Murphy has worked to paint Linda McMahon as anti-women through campaign ads, but a writer at Slate feels “demeaned” by the attempts.

Throw Murphy’s [television] spot in with the rest of the season’s lady-focused ads and the picture you get of American womanhood is one of earnest cowering worry, often while toting a baby, occasionally while muttering said worries to said baby. Our emotional repertoire would seem to consist entirely of different shades of fear.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) received the  endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

“As we kick-off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m glad that Planned Parenthood continues to provide proactive screenings that will hopefully allow more women to successfully address this disease in the early stages,” Himes said.

Steve Obsitnik (R) broke across party lines to praise President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations last week. Obama  warned Iran against obtaining a nuclear weapon, reports the Boston Globe.

“I applaud President Obama for taking this opportunity to assure the world that ‘the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon’, and that while diplomacy is preferable, ‘time is not unlimited’,” said Obsitnik, in a statement. “These statements were critical, given Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent inflammatory threats regarding Israel’s very existence.  We need to show the world that we stand behind Israel and will not allow a nuclear Iran.”    

Other Districts

Third District 

Rosa DeLauro (D): The federal government is redistributing $121 million in wealth to help pay for a new rail system between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield. The plan has the endorsement of DeLauro. She wrote  on Twitter:

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail means opportunities for econ development and expansion, up and down the line  #cttransit

Wayne Winsley (R)  shared an organization's political advertisement urging voters to vote against all 435 incumbent members of Congress this election. “Vote out the House, especially in CT,” Winsley said on Twitter.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback are both attending a candidates’ forum at the Lake Waramug Country Club in New Preston on the evening of Wednesday, Oct 3. More details can be found at the News Times website

Julie Weisberg contributed to this report.

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