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Campaign Notebook: Murphy Predicts Being Outspent

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate 

Linda McMahon (R): David Collins from The Day wrote about the perceived tension between McMahon and Mitt Romney's newly running mate Paul Ryan. He says this comes from McMahon's refusal to support Medicare changes.. 

Chris Murphy (D): Murphy predicts that rival McMahon will outspend him in the general election campaign, reports the Norwich Bulletin. "I'm going to be outspent five- or ten-to-one in this election," Murphy said.  

Fifth District  

The Rothenberg Political Report has moved the fifth district race between Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty from "Tilt Democrat" to "Pure Toss-Up." Nathan Gonzalez from the Report tweeted:  

.@DCCC will have a tough time finding CT Democrats to say something bad about Roraback. Should be a great race #CT05

Paul Dennis August 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Republicans in Monroe CT are planning a huge campaign rally complete with (anti-gay rights) Chick-fil-A sandwiches. In what they are calling support for free speech, organizers of this event will be by-passing local venders while making a 3 ½ hour trip to New Jersey to pick up a 100 Chick-fil-A sandwiches for the enjoyment of their republican guests. This rally is being billed as the “Biggest Meet and Greet in the history of CT politics” Attendees will include more than 30 republican candidates and elected officials. Some notables are keynote speaker State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. Steve Obsitnik, a Republican challenging incumbent Democrat Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional District race, 3rd District candidate Wayne Winsley, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Toni Boucher, and Rep. Gail Lavielle. The event is free and open to the public. Here is a link to the full story with comments: http://monroe.patch.com/articles/republicans-plan-to-unite-after-the-primaries Come to Monroe this Saturday and enjoy an anti-gay rights Chick-fil-A hate sandwich.
Rodney August 16, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Will there be white sheets and a cross burning?
DAY August 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
No Rodney. That would be the Dixiecrats, the forerunner of today's Democratic party and the party that had Robert Byrd in the Senate until his death a year or two ago. Look up Robert Byrd, why don't you.
Denise August 16, 2012 at 07:36 PM
What the heck is wrong with Monroe, every time I drive through there it looks more and more like redneckville.
Denise August 16, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Is anyone from here planning to attend the hate sandwich festival in Monroe?
Fact Checker August 16, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Dat - try moving forward into the 21st century, also try explaining this: 96 percent of black voters supported Obama! The folks with the mentality of the old Dixiecrats are rock solid republican tea party bigots now.
Big Family August 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Fact Checker, Try going online and reading some history. 96% or so of black voters will be supporting Obama because he is black, not a very good reason to cast a vote. While I did not vote for Obama I was hoping for change, now I'm praying for change.
DAY August 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Way to go, Fact Checker. You've projected a paranoid vision with absolutely no evidence to back it up. Try explaining why a greater proportion of Republican congressmen supported Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s than Democrats. Without the GOP, those laws would have foundered on the pitiful legacy of the Democratic party, which retains power by making financially unsustainable promises to people it can't keep.
Veritas vos liberabit August 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Oh really, some I assume you have another explanation for the dismal showing among blacks of these republican candidates. I'll be waiting. In 1972, Richard Nixon managed to win 18 percent of the African-American vote, and in 1976 Jerry Ford won 16 percent. Since then, the Republican share has fluctuated between 8 and 12 percent, with the important exception of 2008, when John McCain received just 4 percent.
Big Family August 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
McMurphy, Thanks for proving my point, during the Obama presidency what has he done for black Americans? 15 to 16 % unemployment and he will still see 96% or so of the black American vote. If Romney gets 8% he wins big.
Paul Alexander August 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM
There's no Chick-fil-A up there yet??? You have GOT to get some stores opened up there. The food is amazing for fast food take out. Their chicken salad on whole wheat is awesome! The kids down here FIGHT to get server positions at Chick-fil-A.
Paul Alexander August 16, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Yes Denise...anyone who doesn't live as you do or think as you do is "Wrong". How progessive of you.
Donna Gail August 19, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Denise, you are correct. The Monroe Republicans are trying to bring Monroe back to the 70s or something - they say it's a farm town. Farms and good ol' boys rule. If they don't like you, they force you out. They've always been bullies, but now that they have the first selectman's seat, it's out of control.

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