Campaign Notebook: Murphy, McMahon Argue Who Supports Base More

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon paid another visit to Electric Boat, the submarine manufacturer in Connecticut that receives billions of dollars in government contracts. Both her and Chris Murphy argue over who supports the manufacturer and base more.

According to McMahon’s campaign, she “has repeatedly affirmed her commitment to protecting these jobs; in contrast, Congressman Chris Murphy has repeatedly said he would cut defense spending and even voted twice this year to cut funding for submarine production at Electric Boat.”

Murphy’s campaign says differently, seizing upon reported comments McMahon made this summer saying that a Base Realignment and Closure Commission is one method to save money. She stopped short of supporting the measure.

“Southeastern Connecticut can’t afford a senator who would gamble with the jobs and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of working men and women,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “Chris is the only candidate in this race who has always stood strong in his belief that Connecticut doesn’t need another BRAC and he’ll always fight to ensure that Electric Boat, the sub base, and all the jobs they support are strengthened and retain their strategic and economic importance to our state and our country.” 

Fifth District

Andrew Roraback (R) received the endorsement of former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, .

Elizabeth Esty (D): On her campaign website, Esty details her position on economic issues. Some measures she’d like to take if elected is enforcing trade laws and investing government money in jobs, like China is doing. 

Claudia Cooper September 06, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I don't care for the lady. It's too bad she didn't take the $50 million (or whatever it was) that she squandered on her first failed election campaign and donated it to charity. Then, at least, it would have done some good.
Ronald Joseph Caron September 07, 2012 at 11:39 AM
The most important job of a U.S. Senator is understanding, voting on and occasionally writing legislation. Murphy is well qualified. McMahon is not. The question is: are we voters so gullible that unlimited advertising money and clever packaging can prevail over excellent qualifications?
DAY September 07, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Question: Are we voters so gullible that unlimited advertising money and clever packaging can prevail over excellent qualifications? Answer: Yes. Just take a look at the current occupant in the Oval Office.


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