The Newtown Democratic Town Committee is throwing its support behind U.S. Rep Chris Murphy in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Joe Lieberman.
"Chris Murphy has the much needed experience to be an excellent senator for Connecticut," Jim Juliano, chairman of the Newtown Democratic Town Committee, said in a statement. "The Town Committee is proud to endorse his candidacy and will be working hard for his nomination and election."
Murphy, who announced his senate intentions shortly after winning a second term to his 5th District Congressional seat, is the fundraising frontrunner. He has raised about $2.7 million for his senate campaign, or about double that of his closest dollar contender, fellow Democrat and Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who has raised more than $1.2 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Other high-profile candidates running for the senate seat are Republican Linda McMahon, who lost her bid last year for Connecticut's other senatorial job to Democrat Richard Blumenthal, and Republican Chris Shays, a former congressman who lost re-election in 2008 to Rep. Jim Himes (D-4).