Editor's Note: Middletown Patch is checking in with state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100, and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew daily as they take part in the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., through Thursday.
The past four days have been whirlwind of political activity for Mayor Dan Drew, who has met many interesting people, including DNC Chair Howard Dean, Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National NAACP; and even posed for a photo opp with the actor made famous for playing the role of Newman on the "Seinfeld" show — Wayne Knight.
Drew said he had a promising talk with Jealous, who, "expressed interest in coming and visiting Middletown. We talked about voting rights and extending voting accessibility to people throughout the country."
Most importantly, Drew said, the Democratic National Convention has "crystallized" the importance of Connecticut's U.S. Senate race.
Both Ramussen and Quinnipiac polls show Linda McMahon slightly ahead of Chris Murphy in the U.S. Senate race, within a 3-point margin of error, which has led many, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, to believe that however Connecticut leans in November's Senate vote, so goes the nation.
"What's important for voters to remember is the balance of the Senate between Democrats and Republicans control hinges in large part on our great state of Connecticut and it's really critical to re-elect [U.S. Rep.] Chris Murphy," Drew said late Wednesday from the DNC in Charlotte.
Murphy, Drew says, is "fighting for working people" which is pertinent now, "as we see our economy rebounding in the city of Middletown."
Last week in Middletown, U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Murphy took part in a at the . Drew said just before the meeting, "I was out with Chris Murphy that morning bringing him to small businesses in Middletown just before he came over to that event."
"Chris Murphy has implemented and sponsored Buy American legislation so we can actually make products here and sell them throughout the world rather than just import products from around the world," Drew said.
The mayor then shared some thoughts about the difference, in his view, of Senate candidates Linda McMahon and Murphy.
"Chris Murphy understands what it's like to raise a family on a limited income. Linda McMahon believes her billions of dollars entitles her to a place at the head of the line. ... If she were serious about solving our problems in the country, she would be working with policy experts, not political experts, on her economic plan," Drew said.
"I have a daughter. I have a wife I love very much. I have a mother," Drew said. "I would not want for any of them to be dealing with health care decisions that were controlled by conservatives with their own right-wing extremist agenda."
Drew said he's adamant about equal pay for women. "When a woman gets up in morning and goes to work, and puts in her entire day, she should walk away with the same pay as a man would make for doing the exact same thing."
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also touched upon women's rights in his speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. "The Republicans want to take away a woman's right to choose, even if she's a rape victim. That's in their platform. That's what they believe. That's why there are three simple reasons for anyone to support Barack Obama over Mitt Romney: 'Your sister, your mother, and your daughter,'" Malloy said.
Live streaming of tonight's DNC is available at www.demconvention.com. Speakers preceding Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama include Caroline Kennedy, actresses Eva Longoria and Natalie Portman.