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Campaign Notebook: Chris Murphy as Ferris Bueller?

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Chris Murphy faces criticism for his attendance record at committee meetings by his opponent. An independent investigation by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers backs up the claim that Murphy missed three-fourths of the hearings during 2007-08, when the economy first started declining. The opening line of the article: "Ferris Bueller would be proud."

Linda McMahon (R): The Wall Street Journal acknowledges that it seems like a Republican has no chance in Connecticut, but the results of a Ramussen poll shows McMahon with a slight lead. According to the Wall Street Journal, “One poll doesn't make a race. But this one sure does make this race more interesting.”

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): The incumbent’s campaign page features his beliefs and record on jobs and the economy. An excerpt:

There is an essential role for regulation in our financial system. We must protect the interests of all Americans, not merely a few. We have to eliminate the financial risk to taxpayers that proved so destructive, and we have to make sure that no one can mislead the public to take advantage of individual investors.

Steve Obsitnik (R): Obsitnik’s campaign issued a press release citing the Congressional Budget Office’s dire predictions for the future that could lead to another recession.

According to the statement:

This is further proof that policies championed by Jim Himes are hurting the very people he is supposed to be representing. It makes no sense to take more money out of our pockets at a time when many are struggling to pay bills and make ends meet.

Connecticut Yankee August 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Not long ago, there was an article mentioning Murphy's negative personal net worth. This would seem to indicate that he runs his personal finances in a similar fashion to the Federal Government, spending more than he actually has. After 13 years (or thereabouts) of having a nice income from the taxpayers, a negative personal net worth is definitely a question mark. Unless there was some legitimate extenuating circumstance, I don't want a guy like that "looking after" my money.
Bernard August 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Yes, and had he suddenly became a millionaire, you would be complaining that he was enriching himself on the taxpayer's dime. All of this means nothing except that you are criticizing someone that you wouldn't have voted for anyway. Considering that a number of congresspeople have come under criticism for using insider stock information for theirs and their family's gain, I would say that his lack of resources is more suggestive of honesty than incompetence. Also, most folks with a mortgage have spent more than they "actually" have. This argument indicates why the "they should run the government like a business/household,etc" perspective is so silly and inapt.
Dawn Sotir August 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I agree with John, rather have Murphy who is "the people" than McMahon who has stepped on people all the way to the top. Let's take a good look at her company and how her employees have suffered, that's a job creator we don"t need!

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