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Connecticut Senate Race: Murphy on Defense on Job Creation

In other news, interest in a Wayne Winsley/Rosa DeLauro debate continued Sunday after the Republican challenger was reportedly not allowed to enter the candidate forum in New Haven until DeLauro left the building.

Senate

Chris Murphy (D): Candidates throughout the country know that this election is all about the economy. That’s part of the reason why Murphy is trying to take over the issues of jobs in light of Linda McMahon’s campaign. According to the Stamford Advocate, Murphy is “on the defense about job creation,” but the candidate is working to change that.

Linda McMahon (R): Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch cracked a joke that that Bridgeport will deliver votes for a Chris Murphy win, even if they’re a few days late. The reference to Bridgeport’s 2010 election woes didn’t go over well with the McMahon campaign, according to the Associated Press.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro and Wayne Winsley have not yet had their first debate, but there was a candidate’s forum in New Haven on Sunday where they each addressed the crowd at different times. According to Winsley’s Facebook page, he was, “told that I can't enter the candidate forum until Rosa DeLauro has left the building.”

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik fielded questions about the economy, abortion and other issues at a forum in Westport, reports the Westport News. The candidates disagreed on the the issue of health care, but found common ground in supporting sanctions on Iran.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback will square off in their first debate on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Warner Theater in Torrington. The candidates will have three more debates after this one.

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) and his challenger, Paul Formica (R), faced off today in a web debate sponsored by The Day of New London. The two candidates took questions ranging from their stands on Medicare reform to the burgeoning student loan problem. 

First District

The mother of U.S. Rep. John Larson (D), has died at age 87. She was herself a longtime Democratic political figure in East Hartford.

Editor's Note: We have adjusted the headline to more accurately reflect the content of the above story. The original headline was not written to imply that military veterans organizations were supporting Chris Murphy, but that some veterans were supporting hi. We apologize for any confusion.

Hansa Junchun October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
What? "Winsley cannot enter the building until Rosa DeLauro has left the building"... What's going on here? Are we in the Deep South of the 1890s? Is DeLauro so intolerant of someone of color that she cannot bear appearing with him at the same time in the same place? Are illustrious white women of society not allowed on stage with an African American? Because that's how it honestly looks, people. The crude, primitive racism of our incumbent has been made crystal-clear. And it is utterly revolting.
Ken McClellan October 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Some may read this article and get the impression that veterans' organizations have endorsed Chris Murphy. This is not accurate. While individual members of the Democratic Town Committee may have served in the Armed Forces, and they may support Chris Murphy, but you should not give the impression that veterans' organizations are endorsing or supporting any candidate. Veterans' organizations, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans do not support or endorse any candidates for any elected office, and support by individuals who may belong to one of those organizations should not be attributed to 'Veterans'. In fact, the gentleman wearing the American Legion cap in the photo is violating Legion policy by doing so at a partisan political event. I would appreciate it if you would change the headline, and not give the impression that militar veterans as a group are supporting a candidate for elected office. Ken McClellan Commander Council of Veterans of Middletown
Ken McClellan October 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM
As a follow-up to my previous comment, no one in Middletown knows the 'veteran' who is standing behind Mr Murphy. I know all of the commanders and leaders of Veterans organizations in Middletown, and he is not one of them. If he is not from Middletown, who is he? If anyone does have his name, I would appreciate it if you could let me know, so I can caution him about appearing at political events wearing VFW gear. Ken McClellan Commander Council of Veterans of Middletown
Bob Hunter November 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I'd like to thank the Editor for clearing up the headline, as well as stating that I am from the city of Torrington. In regard to Commander Ken McClellan's remarks, I wish to clear up a misconception regarding the wear of the VFW cover at political rallies and/or press conferences, especially for my fellow VFW comrades. The VFW does, in fact, want as many members as possible to get out there and campaign for the candidate of their choice. The more veterans from all political ideologies there are campaigning for the candidates of their choice, the better. It only appears the organization endorses a single candidate if only those from a one ideological group show for the campaign events. The VFW wants our Legislators and Legislative candidates to know that VETERANS VOTE, and we are a force with whom to be reckoned. To be specific, the national leadership of the VFW has made the following points clear: 1. Members are wholeheartedly encouraged to support the candidates of their choice. 2. Members may wear their covers to events and are, in fact, encouraged to do so. 3. Members may speak as veterans who are members of the VFW, but 4. Members MAY NOT speak FOR the VFW, and they MAY NOT state their views represent those of the VFW. Respectfully, Bob Hunter VFW National Legislative Committee Member VFW Department of Connecticut Legislative Chairman

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