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Campaign Notebook: Murphy, McMahon Debate Through New Ads

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy won’t be debating until next month, so in the meantime a battle on the airwaves will have to suffice. Murphy’s campaign released a TV ad that paints McMahon as a selfish CEO who laid off workers at the WWE.

Meanwhile, McMahon released a new radio ad saying that Murphy, “isn’t reaching across the aisle — or looking out for Connecticut jobs.”

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) is working to get President Barack Obama reelected. She’s a member of the Catholics for President Obama Committee.

“As a committed Catholic, I am supporting the President because I believe this is a critical moment for the middle class, and in order to keep moving America forward, we must have a President who leads with the values we share,” DeLauro wrote on Facebook.

Wayne Winsley (R): A supporter penned a theme song for Winsley’s campaign. The song, titled “Win With Winsley” by Tom Callinan, can be heard on YouTube.

Second District

Joe Courtney (D) took to his Facebook page to condemn the attacks that killed four Americans in Libya last night: "With President Obama and Secretary Clinton, I strongly condemn the attacks on our diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Stevens, the three other victims, and Foreign Service Officers across the globe put their lives on the line daily so that people everywhere can live a better, freer life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless, outrageous attack."

Paul Formica (R) released a video of his weekend athletic exploits (ballroom dancing competition in New London, pullups at the Ledyard Fair) on his Facebook page. He also touted that his interns in two offices across the district had made 3,500 calls last night, 700 more than Courtney had claimed his people had made.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) and Steve Obsitnik (R) issued statements about the killing of the Libyan ambassador and his staff.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three American staff members killed in Benghazi, Libya," Obsitnik said. "Ambassador Stevens was a dedicated public servant whose life's work was promoting democracy around the world."

Himes said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the attack on our embassy in Libya, which took four innocent lives yesterday. We owe so much to our diplomats, who put their lives on the line every day in far corners of the Earth to represent America’s commitment to democracy, freedom, and cooperation abroad. Ambassador Stevens was instrumental in representing U.S. interests in Libya during tumultuous times, supporting the nation’s transition to democracy and adding a human touch to international relations.

Fifth District

Can the Fifth District turn Republican this November? The Record-Journal looks at the factors surrounding the race between Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty, from endorsements to polls to the issues.

John Mayhew September 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Instead of the "TV commercial" debates, I would much rather these candidates have an actual televised debate on the issues.
Christopher Schaefer September 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Rosa DeLauro: “As a committed Catholic, I am supporting the President because…we must have a President who leads with the values we share”. There is a curious irony—if not blatant dishonesty—in DeLauro’s statement. She has been chastised repeatedly by Catholic bishops for voting consistently against Catholic moral/ethical issues. If she is pro-choice or if she is in favor of government interference in the practices of Catholic institutions, so be it. Be she needs to stop prefacing her statements with “As a committed Catholic”. Because she isn’t.
Christopher Schaefer September 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Catholic League president Bill Donohue: “Rep. DeLauro is the enemy of the poor, thus she has no moral leg to stand on. She has worked to kill school vouchers for children with disabilities and has voted against scholarship grants for African American students in D.C. But she is a big champion of abortion—including abortions where the baby is 80 percent born. She has even voted to fund abortion with federal dollars.” She has even gone so far as to criticize the Pope’s stand on abortion! “Committed Catholic”??? http://orange.patch.com/blog_posts/delauro-standing-on-the-backs-of-the-poor
Christopher Schaefer September 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
In an April interview with Christian Post, DeLauro stated: “Our faith… informs and strengthens that belief in social justice and a sense of moral obligation…… You can't just pick and choose where you want to make your voice heard… We don't learn our values from the [Catholic religious] institution. We learn it through the culture of our homes and in the religion of our family.” Yet DeLauro DOES “pick and choose” in terms of Catholic teaching. Indeed, when one studies her voting record of the past 22 years, the “religion of her family” can only be characterized as a form of secular humanism combined with situational ethics—both of which are utterly antithetical to Catholicism. And when one takes a closer look at the crony political deals that have made her a multi-millionaire, it would seem apparent that self-enrichment is an important tenet of her particular “family religion”: http://easthaven.patch.com/blog_posts/the-delauro-factor-e5065dcd Everyone is entitled to their beliefs—but not everyone is entitled to call themselves a “committed Catholic” while actually having such a self-designation mean anything.
Christopher Schaefer September 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
DeLauro refuses to even respond to Wayne Winsley's repeated requests for a debate: http://milford.patch.com/blog_posts/delauro-dodge-ball-f5ca86fc
Palin Smith September 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Rosa DeLauro touts herself as pro-choice? That's only to kill black unborn children. When it comes to educating them, she's against helping parents choose the best schools. Why would anyone vote for this fake, phoney and fraud? WHY?!

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