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Campaign Notebook: Chris Murphy as Ferris Bueller?

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Chris Murphy faces criticism for his attendance record at committee meetings by his opponent. An independent investigation by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers backs up the claim that Murphy missed three-fourths of the hearings during 2007-08, when the economy started rapidly declining. The opening line of the article: "Ferris Bueller would be proud."

Linda McMahon (R): The Wall Street Journal acknowledges that it seems like a Republican has no chance in Connecticut, but the results of a Ramussen poll shows McMahon with a slight lead. According to the Wall Street Journal, “One poll doesn't make a race. But this one sure does make this race more interesting.”

House

Fifth District

According to the Register Citizen, both Andrew Roraback (R) and Elizabeth Esty (D) have a history of changing their opinions on a variety of issues, from earmarks to education to paid sick leave.

Second District

Congressman Joe Courtney (D) visited the Quiet Corner Friday afternoon and met in Killingly with officials from Westminster Tool and the employees the company hired as a result of the career fairs the representative hosted earlier this year. Courtney will be back in Eastern Connecticut on Wedneday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Camp Niantic where he'll host his fourth such career fair, called Heroes For Hire, which is designed to connect veterans with career opportunities.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) condemned the much-criticized “legitimate rape” comments of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri. On Facebook, she wrote that, “Rep. Akin's views are in the mainstream of the current Republican party.”

Wayne Winsley (R): A message on Winsley’s Facebook page explains how the candidate hopes to improve the economy.

“It makes perfect sense. Our economy will improve when more people get back to work. More people will get back to work when businesses begin growing again. Businesses will grow when government gets out of the way.”

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): The incumbent’s campaign page features his beliefs and record on jobs and the economy. An excerpt:

There is an essential role for regulation in our financial system. We must protect the interests of all Americans, not merely a few. We have to eliminate the financial risk to taxpayers that proved so destructive, and we have to make sure that no one can mislead the public to take advantage of individual investors.

Steve Obsitnik (R): Obsitnik’s campaign issued a press release citing the Congressional Budget Office’s dire predictions for the future that could lead to another recession.

According to the statement:

This is further proof that policies championed by Jim Himes are hurting the very people he is supposed to be representing. It makes no sense to take more money out of our pockets at a time when many are struggling to pay bills and make ends meet.

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