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Campaign Notebook: Murphy Seeks Latino Voters’ Support

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Chris Murphy (D): The Senate race is practically a tie according to some polls, and Murphy is seeking an edge by courting Latino voters in Connecticut. According to the Associated Press, Murphy’s campaign plans to run advertisement and Spanish and work in Latino neighborhoods to get out the vote.

The Associated Press notes that Connecticut’s Latino voters lean Democratic, but more than 40 percent are unaffiliated. 

Linda McMahon (R): There was some better-than-expected economic news on Friday when the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent – the lowest rate since January 2009.

Linda McMahon issued a statement blaming U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy for some of the nation’s problems.

"Today's jobs numbers, while a step in the right direction, highlight Congressman Murphy’s continued failure to do anything that puts America back to work,” McMahon said. “With the national unemployment rate continuing to hover around 8% and Connecticut's unemployment rate currently at 9%, it’s clear that the policies Chris Murphy has supported during his six years in Congress have only contributed to our economic woes instead of solved them.”

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback shared their views on energy and the environment at a candidates’ forum last week. According to the News Times, the candidates talk about oil and how to get children interested in science.

 

Other Districts

Third District

The Yale Daily News looks at the Third District race, calling the race a “mere formality” for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s reelection. No polling has been done in the race, but Wayne Winsley says he has a chance.

“Everyone but the voters thinks this race is decided, but I believe I have a very good chance of winning,” Winsley said.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): Adam Greenburg’s first at bat in the big leagues nearly ended his career after he was struck in the head by a pitch. Greenberg later spent some times with the Bridgeport Bluefish until being signed to a one-day contract to once again play Major League baseball. Last week, Greenberg was struck out by New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey, but thehuman interest story attracted a lot of attention. Himes offered his support to the player on Twitter, saying “We’re all rooting for you.”

Steve Obsitnik (Rretweeted comments from his communications director Steven Rosenbaum regarding the news that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped. Rosenbaum said:

"The falling jobless rate has been a function as much of the continued shrinking in the labor force as it was an increase in new positions."

Private companies added 104,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment fell by 16,000. Governments, meanwhile, added 10,000 positions. - @WSJ

Claudia Cooper October 08, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I WANT to vote for Chris, however, I am a little concerned about what I must say are persuasive adds by Linda's campaign related to the high number of sessions Chris has missed. It's hard to argue with the claim that if you can't even manage to show up for a meeting, how can you get anything meaningful accomplished?
Alex Tytler October 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
You don't, and he didn't. Linda is the lesser of two evils.
John Munro October 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Hey Chris how do you translate "I'm sorry that the economy sucks and for the fact that we have saddled the yet unborn with over a trillion dollars in new debt a year since my President (whom I never disagree with) has been in office. Oh yeah, please forgive me for my slovenly behavior and for not passing a budget. If elected I promise when you need public assistance (and you will) someone on my bloated and overfunded staff will assist you with the paperwork" ?
Hermann Zwergel October 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM
The Witch will say anything and flip flop all campaign to win...................... Linda McMahon last month won the backing of a prominent social conservative because the Republican U.S. Senate candidate "stuck to her guns" in support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act. But after Sunday's debate, when McMahon reversed her position and announced her support for repealing the controversial law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, Peter Wolfgang, the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, said his Sept. 18 endorsement is "no longer accurate."
Thomas Crafts October 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Sully Salone....

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