Claim Check: Linda McMahon On Murphy’s Congressional Attendance Record

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Years ago, I attended the annual conference of the Electronic Retailing Association – the fancy name the infomercial people gave themselves – and learned that when you’ve got 30 seconds to work with, the most successful pitches often ask viewers a simple and direct question with an obvious answer.

Linda McMahon, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, is advertising something far more consequential than egg peelers and Ginsu knives, but she utilizes the same direct approach in her latest ad, which targets Democrat Chris Murphy’s attendance record at Congressional hearings.

“If you skipped 80 percent of the meetings for your job, would you get a promotion?” a narrator asks rhetorically at the very opening of the ad, in a reference to Murphy’s bid to move from the House of Representatives to the Senate.

“During America’s financial crisis, Chris Murphy served on two committees trying to avoid a financial meltdown,” the narrator continues. “But Murphy skipped nearly 80 percent of those urgent hearings.”

To drive home the point, the ad shows a hearing room with an empty chair behind a nameplate reading “Mr. Murphy.”

The ad then uses some pretty attention-grabbing language, musing over what Murphy might have been doing during those hearings, and declaring that “Chris Murphy didn’t show up for the job you paid him to do.”

Strong words, for sure. But the key factual assertion in the ad is that Murphy rarely attended his committee’s hearings, and that claim generally holds up.

The ad focuses on Murphy’s first term, when he was appointed to the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. A review of transcripts for committee hearings (including subcommittees on which Murphy served) shows that during Murphy’s first term, there were 237 such meetings, and Murphy’s name does not appear on the attendance roster for 180 of them. That’s an absence rate of 76 percent. (The McMahon campaign found slightly different numbers – 170 missed meetings out of 218, or 78 percent.)

Murphy, through his campaign, did not dispute the figures, but said the important metric was his 98-percent record of voting on committee legislation, rather than his attendance at committee meetings. “Linda McMahon has enough Washington consultants around her to know that the work of committees is actually done in legislative markups, not hearings,” a campaign spokeswoman said.

Washington insiders may indeed be less shocked by Murphy’s attendance record than the average viewer of that ad. But that by itself would not make it inaccurate or unfair. There are plenty of things Washington politicians routinely do – hobnob with lobbyists, accept junkets from special interests – that political challengers are free to try to make an issue of. And if Murphy believes the focus on his attendance record is a red herring, he’s likewise free to strike back with ads of his own, defending his legislative record and explaining why he believes the attendance figures are irrelevant.

Where the ad is more subject to criticism is in areas less subject to pure fact-checking, including the assertion that Murphy’s committees were “trying to avoid a financial meltdown,” that the hearings he missed were “urgent,” and in particular, the leap that missing those hearings means Murphy “didn’t show up for the job you paid him to do.”

The ad gives something of an impression that Murphy’s subcommittees were involved in desperate efforts to save the teetering economy. But some of the hearings Murphy skipped would hardly be described as focused on avoiding a financial meltdown. On June 8, 2007, he passed on a hearing titled “Can Internet Gambling Be Effectively Regulated to Protect Consumers And The Payments System?” and on July 29, 2008, he didn’t make it to “Affordable Housing In West Virginia: Challenges In The Eastern Panhandle” – a hearing that not only concerned West Virginia, but was held in West Virginia.

But other missed meetings were more directly related to the nation’s broad fiscal problems, including hearings on monetary policy, mortgage foreclosures, risk in the financial markets, stabilization of the auto industry and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

Were those meetings “urgent?” That’s a subjective word, and generally beyond the scope of fact-checking.

Similarly, the ad needles Murphy by suggesting that rather than attending meetings, “Maybe Chris was at the plush, secret Congressional health club which you pay for. Or maybe Murphy skipped work to raise money to keep his $170,000-a-year job.” There is, of course, no indication Murphy was doing either of those things, but that part of the ad reads more like a political jab than a specific accusation.

The ad comes closer to a direct accusation with the narrator’s final line: that Murphy “didn’t show up for the job you paid him to do.” Serving in Congress involves far more than showing up at committee hearings, and it is an extraordinarily broad statement to conclude that failing to attend those hearings is equivalent to not showing up for the job. But while Murphy’s supporters and some savvy Washingtonians may object to the McMahon camp’s conclusions regarding the significance of committee hearings, the main factual assertion here is on target. As such, we rate this ad Generally Accurate.

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97 thoughts on “Claim Check: Linda McMahon On Murphy’s Congressional Attendance Record

  1. Ken Krayeske

    What I find disingenuous about this “generally accurate” rating is its dismissal of McMahon’s “political jabs.” She mocks Murphy for using a health club that her Republican VP candidate practically lives in. McMahon is a gazillionaire trying to win a seat a millionaire’s club by inciting proletariat anger against a congressman who makes $170k a year. It’s perverse that the wealthy-beyond-the-dreams-of-avarice McMahon employs class-warfare rhetoric to try to win an election. McMahon wages psychological warfare upon Connecticut’s electorate, and the Courant calls it honest and accurate because “Maybe” modifies the accusation? What a load of crap, Kauffman.

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      1. Ken Krayeske

        Little can quench my thirst for justice, and I won’t find such water bottled by McMahon’s campaign. Her narrative of the American dream will never win. She can attack Murphy by buying hundreds of hours of airtime to convey her rags-to-riches story. But voters will not buy her Horatio Alger myth, because the American dream is dead to most of us. I will not obtain my father’s standard of living: two cars, a house, a stay-at-home wife and five kids on a teacher’s salary plus some side jobs. Like Murphy, I have a lot of student loans. Until Linda McMahon acknowledges that the American dream needs some help from Sen. Sandman, she’s toast. All this stuff on Murphy and his subcommittees is a red herring.

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        1. Overtaxed CT Citizen

          What % did your parents pay in Taxes? What % do you pay in Taxes? We are now taxes on everything…how can a person save and buy anything your parents had?

          Vote for smaller government, vote for less taxes! Vote for less regulation so businesses can hire people who work and produce, that creates wealth.

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      2. Fink

        Geraldo, If there is any kool-aid drinking, it’s you and your Tea Party zombies who are addicted to the kool-aid. You want a misogynistic purveyor of violence and beastiality and necrophilia as your senator … that borders on mental illness.

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    1. Kim

      Ken, is it safe to assume that you also abhorr Obama’s class warfare tactics, or Harry Reid’s tactics on the Romney tax issues? Just asking is all.

      Harry Reid makes something up, doesn’t provide the source, and the lefties all scream for Romney to prove him wrong. How is that any different than me starting a rumor that the word is out that Harry Reid makes sheep nervous when he enters the barn, then attacking him for not proving otherwise? Why should Romney – or anyone – waste any time at all jumping through fantasy hoops when we all know that even if he DID provide his tax returns and prove Reid wrong, Reid and the Obama administration would simply come up with ANOTHER red herring to divert voters’ attention away from his record and the issues at hand.

      No one seems to notice that the IRS hasn’t gone after Romney. They simply follow – lemming-like – the lead of Reid and fellow Democrats to divert voters from the truth through misdirection and outright lies.

      Please, share with us your outrage over THESE leftist tactics. Perhaps then I will consider your anger as something more than ‘disingenuous’.

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      1. Ken Krayeske

        Kim –

        First, it is long understood and reported as far back as 2000 in the New York Times, that the IRS is more likely to audit someone who is poor than someone who is rich. So that the IRS hasn’t gone after one of America’s oligarchs doesn’t surprise me, and proves nothing in my mind. The rich do not shoulder their fair burden in this country.

        Second, Romney should release his tax returns. It’s not just the lefties screaming for Romney to demonstrate some transparency here. GOP stalwart Jon Hunstman, Sr., Alabama GOP Governor Robert Bentley and former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul have all called for Romney to release more than two years of his tax returns. For you to label these calls for transparency leftist attacks shows your failure to understand the depth of Romney’s secrecy problem.

        Finally, Obama is part of the one percent. His use of class warfare rhetoric is as abhorrent as McMahon’s. In 2008, Obama promised to raise the minimum wage. He hasn’t. He won’t. Because his pandering to working class issues was an attempt to gain power, and now that he has it, it is an attempt to remain in power. He betrays the very people he claims to help. McMahon does the same.

        Kim, what you seem to miss here is that our aim should be to hold anyone who wields power accountable, whether it is a reporter from the Hartford Courant, a filthy rich Senate candidate, or a sitting president.

        Regards,
        KJK

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        1. Kim

          The rich don’t shoulder their fair burden? You’re speaking to percentages no doubt, not actual dollars paid in. And you’re also ignoring the 50% of people who pay no taxes at all. Let’s not pretend that your objectivity is on display here, Ken.

          For you to accuse Romeny of having a secrecy problem is almost laughable, given Obama’s failure to provide information requested of him for the last several years. Why the double-standard?

          And why do you attack only McMahon and Romney for class warfare rhetoric, when the rhetoric from this administration clearly outweighs both of these folks in both quantity AND savagery. Again, why the double-standard? If you want to be believed, you have to do a little better than this.

          I DO agree that ALL should be held accountable. I wish you would do the same instead of paying mere lip service to the idea.

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        2. Kim

          Ken, odd how you associate the word ‘filthy’ with ‘rich’. Why is that? what’s the point of encouraging our kids to go to college to succeed? Succeed at what? Making money? At what point should they refuse to make anymore, so that people won’t call them ‘filthy’ and attack them with other deragatory names, in an attempt to make them pay even more than anyone else in taxes?

          Again with the double standard.

          Why is some hate ok?

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      2. Kim

        Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Obama would NOT use his position to push the IRS to prosecute Romney if he HADN’T paid taxes? And trumpet the news for the media to fawn all over, if it were true? The fact that he hasn’t done either should tell you the truth about this pseudo-tax issue. But you have to be interested in the truth to understand this, I suppose

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          1. Kim

            my posts were full of facts, ken. where are yours?

            fink deserves no response unless and until he presents reasoned arguments instead of charges of racism and name-calling.

        1. Fink

          “Pseudo-issue”.

          Funny.

          Do you always defend gazillionaires from the porch of your double wide? Whatsamatter, you don’t think that they can defend themselves?

          Or are you as addicted to their boot leather like you’re addicted to O’Reilly?

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          1. Kim

            when you decide to post like an adult maybe you’ll get responses. but I won’t expect much because I know your history on these pages, professor

    2. Kevin Caffrey

      I do not no what a gazilionar is but if it is a real number the democrats will figure out a way to get us there in debt. I couldn’t even wrap my mind around a trillion. However, I looked it up and if I spent one million a day since the birth of Christ I would have only spent 700 billion. Ya, so thats the same amount that Obama and (he does not deserve President in front of his law breaking name) any ways; that is the same amount sround what Obama stole from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. Don’t start throwing meanlingless numbers around because the real voter is tired of it. We want someone who is honest and cares about the common man, because Linda is cut from that cloth. And just because Linda has money now I’m sure she earned it.In fact, I bet she built her business, and worked hard to make the money she has. Keep your fast talking bull in the democratic state race. Spend the State into debt, don’t worry we are coming for your to. Democrats, big spenders of our money and little return because it is all in the pockets of the Unions. This country needs to stop the bleeding and can’t take another four trillion in debt like the Obama administration is projecting for its own future budgets.

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      1. Fink

        Gee, Kevie, all you had to do is admit that you are a racist. All of those words and nothing coherent from it.

        Oh, and don’t break your brain trying to figure out what a gazillionaire is … even though my 10-year-old niece gets it. We understand that you didn’t make it past the 3rd grade.

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        1. Kim

          here we go with the unbased charges of racism, the last resort of those without an intellectual clue or argument ot present.

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    3. dumdem

      What has Murphy done? Evidently you aren’t aware that somewhere along the line politicians who make it to Washington become rather wealthy on $170K Check ’em out “proletariat”?? My,my now who was it that used that terminology? Repeat, what has Murphy done? (And even doing nothing, he didn’t do it by himself Somebody else had to help him)

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  2. Chucky_Dee

    Yeah – That McMahon is VICIOUS like OBAMA and can’t run on her own record so she has to go ATTACK!! Well, she at least could run on her private sector record, I guess, but still, CLASS ENVY??!! What kind of low-life trick is that for a Republican? Then she messes up and uses factual info! MAKE MURPHY SHOW HIS TAXES TOO ! ! !

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    1. Kim

      exactly right, Chucky. And let’s see Harry Reids’ taxes. And what about that rumor about Obama and farm animals? If there isn’t one, let’s start one.

      And where is the outrage over the time Obama has wasted providing the records requested from HIM, like college transcripts, etc.? Ya gotta love the double-standard from the lefties, and their constant tricks to keep us from focusing on the Obama record and the facts.

      Did you notice Obama’s first ‘press conference’ since June the other night, from the Oval office? The first of the whopping 4 questions was about the Romney campaign – nothing about the economy, the issues, his record, anything that really matters. Right off the bat he claims that the Republicans are using negative ads, but not him or the Dems. This is an outright, provable lie, and NO ONE is talking about it – is anyone surprised?

      Does anyone ask how Obama is constantly changing the law – contrary to the limits on his constitutional authority – to suit his purposes? From condoning illegal immigration to granting waivers to his so-called affordable care act, he usurps the law at every turn. And THIS while he is worried about image and the chance to win a second term. Just imagine how bad he’ll be and how dangerous he’ll be if he wins a second term and can do virtually anything he wants.

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      1. Fink

        College transcripts?

        Wow. Have you ever had an original thought?

        Does Editor of the Harvard Law Review mean anything to you?

        Or is that part of the conspiracy, too, you filthy racist?

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        1. Kim

          Wow, insults instead of rational discussion. I guess talking to you is a waste of time, fink. You’ve obviously been taught in the Obama school of diversion

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        2. dumdem

          Not really! Haven’t seen anything he wrote Haven’t seen anything showing he even went to Harvard Please provide aforementioned information Transcipts would be a start (Occidental Columbia Harvard) Why are the records sealed? Would be most interested in seeing any records pertaining to student loans And you can’t play your race card on me I belong to a much smaller minority group Seeing your other posts, do you have a Ph.d in really stupid? Harvard, maybe?

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  3. Micco

    Showing up to vote does no good if you didn’t read the 2200 page bill like Obamacare:I read two reports by economists and this will destroy America as we know it.$716Billion was taken by Obama to pay for Obamacare,and as a senior, I was told my backup insurance that I pay for will go up.There also is the 15 person panel, with little or no medical background, who will make the call what procedures YOU will be able to get covered.The formula will be like Europe: Cost of procedure x productive life years left=elderly & disabled are told NO! BECOME AN EDUCATED VOTER.

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    1. Lmao!!!!

      if I can read a thousand page book, you can all read 2200 pages of that bill, if not in increments of 100 pages a day. Oh, and nice touch on the Horatio Alger myth, Ken…haven’t heard that name in a while, :)

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    2. Chucky_Dee

      When HillaryCare was only 500 pages and they COULD read it before they voted against it… Of course she didn’t add SIXTEEN THOUSAND IrSS Agents to “pay” for it…not that it is their money…

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    3. dumdem

      Good for you Micco There is a whole lot of non-healthcare in Obamacare Eugenics is the word that describes Obamacare 133,500 seniors and infirm died from lack of treatment in GB (“doctors” make the choice there)in latest release of figures Obamacare also allows the transfer of funds from Medicare to Medicaid (guess who benefits from that) So hard to change Senior and infirm minds regarding GOP Plan to change Medicare: under 55 yes over 55 no Obama wants to get rid of Medicare How anyone can believe anything that pathological liar (imo) says is beyond me LOOK AT HIS RECORD and HIS ASSOCIATIONS not what he says PS Murphy helped write Obamacare yet can’t (or won’t) answer questions about it Obamacare instituted by fraud especially Roberts Supreme Court interprets based on Constitution Does NOT interpret based on their interpretation of the Legislature’s intent AND rewriting the law Note how it even GOT to SCOTUS

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  4. MrLogical

    The congressional voting record through the month of June ’12 shows that the “missed vote” median for all members of congress is slightly over 2% while Murphy’s ‘lifetime’ absentee voting record is roughly 3.4% or more than 50% higher than the median. Where I come from, that’s not an insignificant variation.

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  5. Herman from Hartford

    At the end of the day, Linda has the money to continuously criticize Murphy. Its going to be an uphill battle for Murphy, whose chances will most likely be washed out in the Tsunami of Linda Money.

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  6. Dem from Cromwell

    Accurate? Maybe they should look at the attendance record of other congreesmen? If they did they would see that the committee meetings in question are “sub-committee” meetings that few congressmen attend, they send aids. The ad is deceitful.

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    1. JaneW

      Billy: You can protest Obamacare and tell your insurance company not to cover your kids until they are 6, NOT to cover your preexisting conditions, etc. Hmmm….Billy is thinking twice…

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  7. Pollyanna

    What if we could have a campaign where intelligent candidates could define what they feel the issues are and offer solutions? What if the candidates could behave in a civil way when running against each other so that the general public would welcome the election process and not cringe until November? Oh, to be in Kansas once more.

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    1. Kim

      What if we had reporters that actually asked tough questions and demanded accurate, honest answers? What if those reporters weren’t then banned from asking further questions? What if the media actually practiced fair and balanced reporting?

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      1. JaneW

        Linda never answers questions…she refuses to meet with the media because she has limited understanding of the big issues…all she says was “I went bankrupt once, hire me”

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      2. Fink

        Hysterical. This from a Faux News addict and someone who writes this:

        “Does anyone ask how Obama is constantly changing the law – contrary to the limits on his constitutional authority – to suit his purposes?”

        Yeah. It’s all about the truth, right, Kim? If that’s the case, then why don’t you just pull off that sheet and admit that you’re a racist?

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        1. Kim

          no response needed to those who pull the racist card and add insults, instead of dealing with the issue and the truth. It’s clear to anyone who listens to ANY news source that Obama has been playing fast and loose with his ‘powers’ and skirting the law on many issues. Unless of course you have blinders and an agenda like fink.

          No discourse will work with fink or those like him who can’t handle truth and honesty. The political halls are full of his kind and one of them runs the country.

          good luck to you – have fun playing with yourself on these pages

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  8. admiralbrown

    Or maybe Chris was doing things to dogs with a fork. Or maybe Chris was practicing walking underwater basket weaving. There are lots of things Chris maybe could have been doing rather than attending those hearings.
    If Linda McMahon wants to get elected as a republican in a liberal state she needs to focus on facts and not misleading the voters. The average voter in Connecticut is a lot more intelligent and aware than the fans of the entertainment company she and her husband founded. Oh wait that is World Wrestling Entertainment, but she doesn’t want to name that in her ads either.

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    1. Kim

      “The average voter in Connecticut is a lot more intelligent and aware than the fans of the entertainment company she and her husband founded.”

      I’ve like to see the proof of THAT statement. From what I’ve seen of how this state is run, the average voter in CT isn’t very bright at all. Either that, or the average voter in CT is only interested in what he can get from the politicians so they continue to vote in those who promise to take from those who work and give to those who won’t

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  9. Gunnhild

    The advertisement should be used as a tool by the voting populace to check the incumbent’s record. The advertisement only is showing one aspect that voters need to examine/reexamine when it comes to choosing a Senator. The Senator’s position is to maintain the rights of the States, not citizens. Citizen’s rights are to be maintained by the Representatives in the House. Citizens vote for a senator to represent the State of Connecticut, not the individual within the state. Therefore, the question begs whether Representative Murphy represented the individual citizen of Connecticut responsibly? The advertisement is questioning that element.

    The other side of this coin is this: the WWE is still in business and it’s health can be verified by numerous business periodicals, SEC, CT Dept. of Labor, and other establishments. Christopher Murphy’s job requirement was to be attending those meetings on behalf of the residents of Connecticut. The electorate is the Board of Directors for the government. If Linda McMahon was not fulfilling her job requirements, the WWE Board of Directors would have removed her from the CEO position and would have replaced her.

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    1. Curious

      Yes, and McMahon’s management of the WWE is the central issue. Her company has a history of promoting violence against women and promoting porn, guess you didn’t notice.

      WWE actually employed very few people, wrestlers and other support persons were employed as contractors without health care, but that’s obviously unimportant to you.

      My advice for those who doubt for health care reform should spend some time on the actual details of the Affordable Care Act. Discuss the details of the Act with a friend or neighbor who works in that sector, Connecticut employs many in the insurance industry. Discuss it with a physician or someone associated with a CT hospital. Although the Act is not yet fully implemented, the results to date are that it is controlling cost inflation. The Act is a win-win for both employers and employees and their families.

      Many of the provisions of the Act are taken from the Romney-MA plan that is overwhelmingly successful. Notice that neither Romney nor the other Repub candidates campaigning on repeal, will describe their plans. Why don’t you ask them?

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      1. Kim

        a ‘history of promoting violence against women’? Are you talking about the women who work for her voluntarily and get paid to work in their chosen profession? The women who are fully aware of what is expected of them in the WWE BEFORE they choose to take the job? The same women who acknowledge that this is ENTERTAINMENT and not actual violence against unwilling participants?

        As far as the ‘health care’ issue: do you have any statistics on how many people work as CONSULTANTS or CONTRACTORS for higher than normal wages, and opt to pay for their OWN health care? Do you have a problem with THEIR choices as well? When you shop for a contractor to repair your chimney do you ask him if his workers have health care? (I think we know the answer).

        You claim that the ACA is a ‘win-win’ for employers and employees. Aren’t you ignoring the claims that employers will simply drop the healthcare coverage for their employees and pay the $2,000 fine because it’s cheaper than paying for insurance? How does that help the employee? How does it help the employee when he can’t choose to keep his current doctors (and don’t try to convince anyone that the ACA covers that – it’s been proven to be untrue)?

        How does it help ANYONE when healthcare costs increase 10-fold over the next few years and that this is ALREADY beginning to happen even though the act is not fully implemented yet?

        NONE of my physicians are upbeat about this new plan and have indicated they will no longer provide services to those covered under the plan, just as many providers are no longer providing services to medicare patients because the reimbursement rates are too low. Do you really expect us to believe that this act will make healthcare more affordable, given that it will unionize 21 million healthcare workers? (We all know that unionized anything costs much more than non-unionized anything).

        My advice to you is to follow your own advice and research a little more. Then be honest about what you learn

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      2. Kim

        curious: are you forgetting what Pelosi said when asked what the plan entails? “You need to pass it if you want to know what’s in it”.

        You don’t seem to have a problem with that approach or the lack of information on what we can expect AFTER THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, when this plan is supposed to REALLY kick in. Yet you want to complain about Romney et al not describing their plans? Why the double-standard?

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  10. James

    Pollyanna – Apparently you haven’t been paying attention to how campaigns are run in Kansas these days. They’re absolutely vicious end-of-civilization culture wars.

    So far, ours is really genteel Fairfield County stuff. Squabbling about whether you like WWE? Skill at creating jobs? Arguing about facts and how someone does their job? Gasp! How….impoLITE!

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  11. Bartleby45

    Note to Gunnhild: questions don’t beg, though people may raise them. As for Ms. McMahon’s even noting Mr. Murphy’s $170,000 a year, shouldn’t she keep a low profile when it comes to income? But then that’s the problem in a nutshell—athletes and entertainers who have no bearing on our lives make exorbitant salaries, while those whose knowledge and expertise affect us daily earn far less—and we even begrudge them that. A handsome salary, 170K, but to an uninitiated observer of our society, our priorities would appear quite obvious.

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    1. Kim

      Bartley: if athletes and entertainers have no bearing on our lives, how do they make those ‘exorbitant salaries’?

      Are those you refer to as having ‘knowledge and expertise’, politicians? If so, the results of their power over our money seem to indicate otherwise.

      If you’re referring to groups like teachers’ unions, the statistics show otherwise as well.

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      1. Curious

        Jinny,

        But many have died, poor, with no medical coverage. The taxpayer and your insurance premiums paid for their care.

        The average CT medical insurance annual premium is about $1,200 higher to cover hospital and ER charges accrued by the uninsured. Can you and your employer afford to give away $1,200 a year or would you rather see the uninsured purchase coverage through a pool that is currently being established under the Affordable Care Act. The Act has only been partially implemented, but it has already begun to control medical cost inflation.

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        1. Kim

          Curious: what makes you think that the ‘uninsured’ will suddenly become ‘insured’ through a pool ‘currently being established under the ACA’? Are they going to come into a windfall somehow and have extra money to buy into the plan? Or, as is most likely, will us taxpayers foot the bill just as we do now in higher premiums? If we’re goint to foot the bill anyway, why not let us keep our current plans so we can have our own doctors?

          Where are you getting your information that ths ACA is controlling medical cost inflation? Everything I read says the opposite

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  12. Golf Junky

    Until the pantry is completely clean there will always be roaches, I can only assume Linda McMahon’s (what was it “gazillionaire” status) has come from hard work, smart decision making, and a willingness to take chances. I for one am all for that, I firmly believe this country is long overdue for an out with the old (stale, keep everything on the same status quo government) we have, and bring in some truely new blood with a new idea. Something has to change and very soon or this country (and yes CT.) is in real trouble. Linda McMahon will not be bought and sold like so many others and will hopefully be the first of many “renegade politicians” who will actually stand up for their people for real, and not just in a couple of campaign adds a couple of times a year.

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    1. Kim

      I’m hoping you’re right, golf. That being said: what do we have to lose? Certainly the ‘status quo’ hasn’t solved anything and only makes things worse. I’d like to see term limits, and penalties for politicians who don’t do what they say they are going to do. The politicians like to hold car salesmen and insurance salesmen accountable – why shouldn’t they be held to the same standards, including truth in advertising?

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  13. Mark G

    Mr. Kauffman must have been paid by Linda to write this rediculous piece. The accuracy meter is tacky and non-scientific. What amazes me the most, the ad in the upper right hand corner is a Linda McMahon campaign advertisment. Do a refresh on this page until you see it. Unreal.

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  14. Billy

    The McMahons paid more in taxes than Murphy “earned” from Congress, and posters are more critical of her than they are of this guy who was getting paid 500 dollars a day and nobody knows where he was 90 percent of the time -get that lazy Chris Murphy the heck out of there.

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  15. Bryan

    Because of my job I have residency in 2 different states. However, unlike Republicans in 2000, I don’t intend to cheat and vote in both. So, here is the question; is my vote worth more in Colorado or Connecticut? My Obama vote is obviously worth more in CO, but it might be worth voting in CT just to help insure that McMahon never gets near Washington….tough decision.

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    1. Kim

      unlike the Democrats, who don’t want the voting logs cleaned out of dead people, duplicate voters, etc. Nice double-standard, but not surprising from an Obama supporter

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      1. Bryan

        Nice try Kim….go look at the correlation between educational attainment and support for Obama….you’ll find that intelligence is positively correlated with support for the president…..Obama supporters know what’s up….Republicans know how to drop out of school!

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        1. Kim

          intelligence has nothing to do with educational attainment – the OWS folks should have taught you that. But you get a ‘B’ for the spin effort. It’s fairly clear that Obama supporters aren’t supporting him because of his works and actions, but because of his geniality and gift for gab. Look how well that’s working out for the country he’s trying to ‘radically transorm’ to meet his fathers’ vision instead of the vision of our founding fathers.

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  16. JustAnotherTaxPayer

    After reading many of the comments, which go off on a variety of topics, to either defame or defend a several candidates and those that hold office, it is a no wonder that McMahon can put out anything she knows the general public won’t understand. From her “jobs plan”, which is insanely impossible, unless she is going to control a majority of the Senate, a majority in the House of Representatives, and the Executive Office, there is no possibility of it even coming close to fruition.

    One of the first places it will be buried is in commitee, which it will never see, as it has to be placed on the legislative agenda/calender for debate. That will never happen, but let’s say it does. 95% of the legislators on any commitees it may go before won’t waste their time, or the time that actually belongs to their constituents, listening to speakers most interested in promoting their own image. They then can use that for PR back home to convince voters, wrongly, that they are engaged in some type of productive activity. As a novice Senator one has no leverage to actually accomplish anything in DC, for a lack of contributing to actions taken by the Senate in the past 24 years. Yes, Seniority in the Senate carrys a lot of weight, none of which McMahon has, or will ever acquire, once her true character is exposed to others in the Senate.

    But what she will continue to do is utilize the publics misunderstanding of how legislation is created and works it’s way through congress. It is not as simple as she trys to portray it, and I hope she is just playing the public for ill informed, and really doesn’t believe the things her campaign is putting out. If she really believes the things she says as being worthwhile she does not belong in DC representing anyone as an elected official.

    As a lobbyist she fits in perfectly, and it is my suspicion that she is trying to gain elected office to do just that, and utilize a Senator’s position to increase benefits to her entertainment empire, so she can reap greater profits, that will balance out the investment she has been making in promoting herself.

    Bottem line, she is a phony, and those that comment in her favor are most likely from her campaign, or paid to fill the comment area of all the media outlets with their pro-McMahon babble.

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    1. MrLogical

      And if Murphy is elected he won’t have problems getting bills sponsored and out of committee? Did you know that NONE of Murphy’s bills have gotten out of committee?

      Bottom line, he’s a phony and he’s a puppet of Wall Street. Just look at where his campaign funds are coming from. (opensecrets.org) Those numbers are established facts, and they don’t lie.

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    2. Curious

      One of the central issues of this election is the future of healthcare in the US. The Repubs & McMahon have hopped on the dump ObamaCare wagon.

      However, the Affordable Care Act that is only partially implemented, is controlling cost inflation in medical care. The Act was modeled on the very successful Romney-MA plan. The medical costs of the uninsured in CT are currently adding an additional $1,200 a year to every employer-employee policy premium in CT through fees pased on from hospitals.

      Ask the Repub candidates to describe their plan details to replace ObamaCare.

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      1. Kim

        don’t forget to ask the Dems why the bulk of the financial and regulatory costs of Obamacare aren’t felt until AFTER the election. This was done be design.

        Here’s some facts: Obama is the most union-affiliated president in history. And his affordable care act is a blatant attempt to unionize 21 million healthcare professionals. For every 1 million unionized healthcare professionals, total dues paid in yearly amount to $1 billion dollars. This information is avialable from the CBO, no less.

        Are you starting to get a clearer idea of what this is all about? Let me add that over 500,000 unionized public sector employees make over $100k per year. This on top of lifetime medical benefits and a short working span with early retirement. Getting any clearer?

        And where has it been shown that a great deal of this union money goes? Right into Democratic coffers to help them win elections. Is the picture clearing up any?

        So there it is: Obamacare’s goal is to:
        1. create government control and oversight of the healthcare industry
        2. Unionize massive numbers of healthcare workers who will pay dues
        3. Funnel the bulk of those dues into the union rep paychecks and Democratic coffers which will
        4. Increase the number of Democrats being elected by the greater number of union workers in the public sector.

        This circle/cycle is already happening all over the country – look at CT if you want to see what union power is doing to us

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        1. Kim

          and yet, everyone wants to complain about the ‘filthy rich’ and the 1% and how unfair the ‘distribution of wealth’ is in this country. Many of those doing the complaining are public-sector union workers, who don’t seem to have a problem with what THEY are doing to US (the private sector worker-ants who actually cough up the money for all of this stuff). Let’s not get sidetracked by rhetoric and more promises, people. It’s time to pay attention

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  17. Jane

    Fink. Why do you feel that anyone who does not agree with Obama is a racist? Because he is a man of color are we not allowed to disagree with his political ideology? If African Americans disagree with Romney would you consider them racist?

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    1. Kim

      Jane, a word of advice: you’re not dealing with a rational person when you talk to fink. He’s a blogger on other pages on the courant site and has spent the last year offering NOTHING but divisivness, ugliness, negative feedback, name calling and unbased charges of racism. You’ll provide facts and data while he provides none, but he’ll be happy to ask you to prove YOUR position. When you do, you’ll get attacked again but still no facts from him.

      Do yourself a favor and ignore him – he won’t go away but at least he’ll be playing alone. Just a though for you

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  18. lee

    What is it that the Harford Courant considers Republicans “extremests” but never sees any Democrat as extremests? Seems to me that the Democrats have been taken over by the far left while the Courant does not see that as a problem.

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    1. Kim

      that’s a valid question, Lee. And the Courant almost always seems to support Democrats on one pens, but criticize the way the state is being run (sometimes) with their other pen.

      Whatever happened to ‘fair and balanced’ reporting? The lack of it is doing more harm to this country than all of the politicians in the world. The press is supposed to shed light on issues so voters can have a clear, unbiased opinion of what’s taking place so they can vote accordingly. It seems that instead, the press has aligned themselves with one party or the other, to the detriment of our country and our way of life. How sad

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      1. Overtaxed CT Citizen

        One would only hope the Liberal Hartford Courant would report the facts and not run a slam article against a canidate 2 weeks before the election like last time. Fiar? About as biased as it can get. The Liberal Courant and it’s support of one party rule that is killing CT. Hopefully the voters see through the bias, vote out the incumbants and seek fiscal change.

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  19. jooberdoober

    If Ms. McMahon somehow manages to get in, fat chance that she will show up at ALL after her initial push for lowering taxes for the wealthy ONLY (or eliminating) and pushing through her special interest agendas. Then off to the French Riviera for the rest of her term !!!!

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    1. Kim

      Not that I am a fan of McMahon, but you’re only guessing at what she will or won’t do. We KNOW what her opponents will do because we’ve seen them in action in politics over the years.

      Time for a change – let the lifers know that the citizens are no longer interested in supporting them and their selfish interests but want what’s best for the country

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  20. MrLogical

    I’d far rather trust a successful businessperson who is investing their own money in their campaign than a professional politician who got his political start due to back-room connections with the state’s labor bosses and is financing his campiagn with nearly $1M in contributions from Wall Street donors.

    When Wall Street ‘invests’ $1M in a candidate, they expect to receive a return on that investment. When that happens, Wall Street wins and the taxpayer loses.

    Bet on it.

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  21. MrLogical

    The Democrat party of today isn’t your father’s Democrat party – the Democrat party of Roosevelt and Truman. It’s the party of Communists and Marxist-Leninists who are bent on destroying the country from the inside out. Regrettably, they’re succeeeding.

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    1. Kim

      here goes Curious with the insults instead of honest debate. I’m guessing we’ve seen this poster before under many other names

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  22. Kim

    Here’s an interesting take on the entitlements problem as seen through the eyes of a citizen in Orange County, CA, named M.J. Knudsen:

    It is pretty clear that the range of options to put Social Security back on track more than meets the financial challenge. Most are reasonable and, taken together and soon, would make the adjustment mostly painless, and for some, invisible. It’s like an ocean liner leaving New York for London. An imperceptible course change now could prevent a huge change and late arrival later.

    The small “course change” that could be implemented today has become a political lever not because it’s ideologically or financially unsound, but because its there to use for political gain. The same can be said for Paul Ryan’s plan for entitlements in general. He advocates a very mild rate of change that puts the system back in the black over a 30-year period. Some have criticized that for being too long.

    But, the alternative is what we’re seeing in several European countries. They let the problem go for decades, for the same political reasons we see today in our own country. Politicians were unwilling to even make small changes early enough to head off the current crises. So, what could have been a mostly painless process over 10-20 years now must be implemented in something like two years, by officials who have little or nothing to do with its creation. As the reports show clearly, it is gut-wrenching.

    What’s worse is that the burden falls mainly on the very segment of the population the liberal community seeks to serve with those too generous entitlement programs and benefits. The people marching in the streets are not the wealthy. They’re working class and retired citizens; so much for the liberal agenda. One might argue callously that they voted for the politicians and got what they deserved. But, can’t we expect more of our leaders?

    As citizens, we do bear some responsibility. Falling for a good story and promises that can’t be kept demeans us and the democratic process. More importantly, it’s simply not good for us in the long term. Someone once said, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s not fall for it again this November.

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    1. Kim

      Voters: PLEASE don’t vote for the person who sounds ‘nice’ or who talks the best game. Research what they have done and what their plans are, not just what they are saying. Then vote for the best solution to right this country’s course.

      On the radio yesterday I was listening to a reporter interviewing college kids who had just attended an Obama campaign event. AFter the event, one young lady said “I wasn’t sure who I was going to vote for but he (Obama) is just SO nice and SO friendly that he gets my vote”!.

      This is an example of what I am talking about. It also is an example of what I said above that “intelligence has nothing to do with educational attainment”. If this is the critical thinking evident in our colleges these days, then we can expect more of the rapid decline in this country. And that includes both Republican and Democrat politicians.

      Don’t vote based on your feelings. Patriotism requires you to vote based on what’s best for the country as outlined by our founding fathers. Now if only students were being taught American history in our schools we might have a chance.

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  23. Jimbo

    Linda McMahon is annoying and I hope she spends millions on attack ads only to go down in humiliating defeat once again. Chris Murphy is a true public servant who will represent our state with intelligence and integrity.

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  24. End One Party Rule

    Fact, the Dems spent $6 TRILLION we do not have, we now have more debt than we produce in a year (not profit). We are getting close to Greece with a debt that is being hidden by artifically low interest rates. If interest rates go back to 5%, intrest on the debt will take 60 cents of every tax dollar…no Social Security, No medicare, no hope! ObamaCare is now projected to cost $2 TRILLION. Larson, Murphy, Deloro, Himes and Courtney approved both. Vote out the incumbants.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

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  25. Overtaxed CT Citizen

    What have the Dems done for us in CT? We are in the biggest recession in recent history, Dannel raises taxes $1.5 BILLION, then goes and increases the state budget 7% going on a spending spree….giving over $130 million to a guy who made $3.2 BILLION in his paycheck! Gave CIGNA $235,000 per job, Gave Jackson Labs $1,000,000 a Job, Created a bus that goes 9 miles and will cost taxpayers $1 Billion over the next 20 years! CT’s budget is a train wreck. CT is now the worst state to retire dropping 9 places in a year (thank you Dannel), our CT Credit rating has been lowered based on Bad financial management!

    We have 8% unemployment, no jobs, and a Government that spends like a drunken sailor on shore leave….time to vote them out!

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  26. Paul Saunders

    McMahon is out now with another ad, touting the Courant’s finding of the original ad as “generally accurate”. Sorry, I beg to disagree. Ten seconds of the ad was spent saying “maybe” Murphy was at the health club or “maybe” he was fundraising – while of course offering no proof of that. Mudslinging at its worst, intended to distract voters from the real issues.

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    1. Overtaxed CT Citizen

      Fact Chris Murphy voted for ObamaCare, it will cost us taxpayers 2 Trillion

      Fact Chris Murphy voted for The Tarp bill – Wasting almost a Billion on Shovel Ready Jobs that don’t exist.

      Chris Murphy – Career Politician….vote him out.

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  27. Disgusted

    Fact: Republican politicians keep cutting government so they can just take MORE money from the people who actually EARN it. Linda McMahon is just another thief.

    Fact: Overtaxed CT citizen is mentally challenged.

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    1. Just paying attention

      Disgusted – Did you forget your meds? McMahon earned her money, Bloomy inherited it, Deloro’s hsuband makes millions from the Dems in polling data, and Murphy apparently missed 80% of the committe MEETINGS as we paid him $170k a year.

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  28. Jake Hogg

    The problem in america is not taxes, but utility costs. Crush the utility companies – put CL&P and UI in chains and drop their rates and you will see business boom. Stop whining about taxes…go live in Europe and you will see what it means to pay 50% or more.

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    1. jj

      Sorry Jake, the problem is taxes. You have an administration that embraces the European model. Obama wants expensive gas, electricity, and taxes so that we will use less natural resources and the rest of the world will like us more. Don’t be short sighted he will continue to raise taxes and increase government spending until you wish you had only a 50% tax rate. Obama is on record supporting $8.00 a gal. gasoline, I wonder what heating oil will cost then as well. The fact you mention CL&P in a Democratic party dominated state government should be your first clue that they don’t want lower rates.

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