The dismantling of Chris Murphy.
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The dismantling of Chris Murphy.
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Capitol Report TV regulars Brian K. Hill and Martin Dunleavy offered up their best primary guesses after taping the show Friday.
Hill, a former GOP U.S. Senate candidate and Dunleavy, a labor union organizer and political consultant, will discuss the various races on Tom Dudchik’s Capitol Report TV, which airs as part of FOX-CT’s political “Power Hour” on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m.
Here are some of their predictions for Tuesday in a few of the more interesting races:
5th District: Hill is predicting an upset win for Mark Greenberg on the Republican side while Dunleavy sees Andrew Roraback prevailing in a squeeker. Hill passed on the Democrats while Dunleavy, a Donovan supporter, is sticking with his candidate.
U.S. Senate: Both men predicted a stronger, if not winning, showing for Chris Shays, who has trailed badly against Linda McMahon. Both agree that Chris Murphy is headed for a win against Susan Bysiewicz.
More on Saturday, or go here to watch online.
Susan takes aim at the Democratic frontrunner in the U.S. Senate race in this new ad, reminding folks that Chris Murphy is apparently rather fond of Wall Street money. She’s got a website, Wall Street Murphy, that goes further.
UPDATE, THE MURPHY CAMPAIGN RESPONDS:
The ad is largely based on false claims and hypocrisy: despite her claims, Susan Bysiewicz has actually taken more money from the financial sector as a percentage of her overall contributions than Chris Murphy.
“Bysiewicz has been running misleading campaigns since the 1990s, so her hypocrisy comes as no surprise,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “The truth is that nobody in Connecticut is buying the attack because it’s made up out of thin air. Chris has been fighting for Wall Street reform for years—Bysiewicz seems to have simply brought up this issue in the last 18 months because she thinks it polls well. And it’s no secret that Susan is down on Wall Street begging for contributions to her campaign while she runs TV ads and sends out press releases attacking those same people. If Bysiewicz were really the candidate fighting Wall Street, why hasn’t a single grassroots progressive group in Connecticut stood up and supported her? The answer is simple: AFL-CIO, CCAG, AFSCME, SEIU, the Working Families Party and many others support Chris because he doesn’t just talk about reform, he’s actually fighting for it.”
Stung by the big deal that Linda McMahon makes out of all her well-paid interns, Chris Murphy wants the world to know that he’s got lots of young idealistic kids working for him. They knock on doors and make phone calls just like the crew over at McMahon HQ.
Watch Murph’s new vid and then take a look at the McMahon campaign’s crop of Young Turks. Like McMahon, they are very good at staying on script.
Chris Murphy continues his photo-op campaign today when he will, according to the campaign, ”assist a home health care worker in getting her patient ready for the day.”
The real question for Murph is not whether he can change bed linens, but how he will justify accepting campaign help from a newly-created Super PAC, just the sort of entity he says loathes.
The new SuperPac, created by Murphy supporters worried about the fortune that Linda McMahon is willing to invest in her bid for the U.S. Senate (the NHR reports she’s dumped $9 million into the 2012 version of her campaign thus far, on top of the $50 million she spent in 2010).
But as the Susan Bysiewicz campaign was happy to remind us, Murphy has been pretty clear what he thinks of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows that secretive fundraising behind SuperPacs, calling it the “worst Supreme Court decision of my lifetime.” Like other candidates who benefit from the negative advertising that these super political action committees fund, Murphy says he can’t control what they do.
But new questions surfaced this week when Barkhamsted Republican Town Committee Chair Juliana Simone, a Shays supporter, wrote in the online Ameriborn News that McMahon supporters were collecting signatures to make sure she was on the fall ballot — as an independent in case she loses the primary on Aug. 14.
They came up to me and said would you sing this petition for Linda McMahon. I said what petition. They said it was for her to be on the ballot. I said she’s already on the primary ballot. They said it s to be on the independent line so she can be on the ballot either way on election day.
I said what do you mean? They said if she doesn’t win the primary she can run as an independent.
If she is a true Republican, of course she would support the primary winner. But she is someone who has inserted herself into the Republican party a few years ago.
Murtaugh told me that McMahon is just doing whatever she can to make sure she wins in November. He noted that Chris Murphy will also be on the ballot in November as the Working Families Party candidate:
She will be the Republican nominee or not the candidate at all … If for some odd reason she is not the Republican nominee she will not run. We are far ahead of Chris Shays. The point is to be on two lines on the ballot.
Shays spokeswoman Amanda Bergen wasn’t buying it.
It’s easy for her to say no now but she also said she would release her tax returns and where are those? I would like to hear it from her mouth no she will not run as an independent if she does not win the primary.
Meanwhile, if Linda collects the 7,500 signatures to qualify as an independent candidate she will be on general election ballot, win or lose in August.
U.S. Senate Candidate Chris Murphy, fresh off the police beat in Bridgeport, changes hats Monday morning and will ”assist a home health care worker in getting her patient ready for the day.”
Murphy’s “Getting to Work Tour” brings the Democrat to various jobs around the state where the campaign says he “will work alongside employees at each stop to get their ideas and perspective on job growth and the future of Connecticut’s economy.”
In the battle of who is more in touch with the regular folks, it’s an Andy of Mayberry world for Murph when he goes shopping. For his wife, it seems like just a headache.
New from the Chris Murphy campaign.
New Haven, as Democrats know, is critical if a candidate wants to win statewide office. The New Haven Democrats’ endorsement of Chris Murphy yesterday is no surprise, but it adds to the frontrunner’s heft and serves as a reminder to Linda McMahon where the city votes will go in a close race.