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Campaign Notebook: Gov. Malloy Tells Murphy to Fight Back

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has some advice for fellow Democrat Chris Murphy: fight back. CTNewsJunkie.com reports that Malloy offered up his thoughts at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Hartford.

Polls show the Senate race at a stastical dead heat despite Connecticut’s preference for Democrats. Linda McMahon has been outspending Murphy with her personal wealth.

Malloy reportedly said that, “sooner or later people have to talk about policies.”

Fourth District

While Jim Himes was awarded by the Concord Coalition for supporting a failed bipartisan budget that would have reduced the federal deficit, Steve Obsitnik questioned Himes’ fiscal credentials.

“The notion that Congressman Himes has made any effort to reduce the federal deficit is as far from the truth as it could possibly be,” said Amanda Bergen, spokesperson for the Obsitnik campaign. “He has voted to spend more and more of the taxpayers’ money at nearly every opportunity.”

Some of the examples cited included Himes’ support of the $789 billion stimulus plan and the Affordable Health Care Act (also known as Obamacare). 

The Concord Coalition, which is dedicated to reducting the national deficit, spoke highly of Himes and 37 other politicians.

“We are honoring Republican and Democratic House members who this year put the national interest above political partisanship,” said Robert Bixby, Concord’s executive director, in a statement. “Instead of pursuing narrow agendas, they put everything on the table, made tough choices, and called for shared sacrifice."

Connecticut Yankee September 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Murphy seems unable to balance his own checkbook, even after kickback assistance from his personal bank. How can he possibly be responsible with billions of taxpayer dollars?
Will Wilkin September 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM
At least Chris Murphy is interested in balancing our TRADE. Chris Murphy defied both parties to vote NO on the so-called "free trade" treaties with South Korea and Peru and Colombia. The "free trade" policy of both parties has exported 1/3 of our country's mfg jobs just since 2000. Millions more jobs killed due to loss of the multiplier effect those mfg jobs would have brought to the USA. For CT Yankee to reduce the fate of our country to Mr. Murphy's checkbook is to ignore the economic crisis of high long-term unemployment and growing poverty, of the loss of our tax base and GDP, and the loss of opportunity for future wealth-creation. There will be no revival of American wealth-creation without a revival of American manufacturing. That starts with replacing our country's ruinous free trade policy with a MADE IN USA TRADE POLICY, ie, use of tariffs, VATs, tax and public investment policy all to encourage ON-shoring of mfg and other high value-added industries. The goal should be to achieve BALANCED trade. The dollar-printing/trade deficits of this "free trade" will soon lead to abandonment of the dollar as the international currency, at which time our nation will be exposed for the truly pathetic thing we have become: unable to make the things we use and unable to pay for the dirty energy on which we depend.
Me September 27, 2012 at 05:30 AM
awesome but after all that work, all the years in office, where has it gotten us? no noticeable difference (post above as the noted exception) in our lives.. so it culminates in a big whoppie... and if manufacturers don't go overseas, they will go to other appealing states (yes, a State legislative issue, not a Mr. Murphy issue) so at the end of the day, State of CT is doomed.. simply the work he has done, is not enough..
Dave September 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM
If Murphy's vote would have made the difference between pass or fail he would have voted his party's line like he often does. Although I agree with you Will that free trade agreements do nothing for us and cost much needed jobs here at home. Murphy will not be a good choice for us. He will be beholden to his money backers and do their bidding.
Will Wilkin September 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Hi Dave, if you are suggesting McMahon is a better candidate, tell me, does she say anything about trade policy and trade deficits? About how to revive American manufacturing? I agree with you that Congress is very much a bought-and-subservient tool of the money interests, and it is holding my nose that I advocate voting for only one out of the whole bunch (Murphy), but does Ms. McMahon actually propose serious campaign finance reform? I can't help but think the 2-party system is a way to fool us into thinking we have choices and changes when we have a coin-operated government of tein parties bought by the same 1% and arguing only around the edges, mostly in agreement on the actual governance of the country on behalf of the rich but throwing us culture war so we can get worked up about irrelevant issues while they screw us in deep corrupt bipartisan cooperation.
Will Wilkin September 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
TWIN parties, not "tein".
Where is the common sense? October 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Need to clean out Washington, and get the lazy politicians out who decide to make a career doing nothing!

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