Courant staff writer Alaine Griffin was at Chris Murphy’s victory celebration in Hartford and files the following report:
Before Murphy spoke, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state’s top Democrats – Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra took the stage as supporters chanted, “Murphy, Murphy!”
As he came out, Murphy hugged family members on stage and shook the hands of supporters.
“Tonight, we proved that what matters most in life is the measure of your ideas, the measure of your determination and the measure of your friends, not the measure of your wallet,” Murphy said to cheers.
He said he had just ended a telephone call with McMahon and congratulated “her for a hard-fought race,” as the crowd booed and blew raspberries.
Murphy said voters showed that such ideas as the government helping to create jobs and that “there is no such thing as the 47 percent” are ideas that “can’t be washed away by dollars and slick TV ads.”
In closing, Murphy referred to the story of his mother, one he used during the campaign, about her poor upbringing in New Britain.
Murphy said there is a little girl like his mother going to sleep tonight in the Mount Pleasant housing project who will wake up tomorrow knowing that “the chance to be great is just a little bit closer.”