Campaign Notebook: John McCain Campaigns for McMahon

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


U.S. Sen. John McCain joined Linda McMahon (R) on the campaign trail in Connecticut on Monday, with planned stops at the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Danbury and a meeting of McMahon supports at the Norwalk Inn.

"This election rests on the veterans," McCain told veterans, reports Danbury Patch. "Turn out the vote. I want each of you to call 50 people. Even call your mother-in-law. This is a call to action." 

Chris Murphy (D) criticized the company opponent Linda McMahon keeps. The Murphy campaign says McCain “led the charge” on a plan that “nearly cost the state its submarine base and tens of thousands of Connecticut jobs.”

“Whether it’s Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or John McCain, Linda McMahon just can’t hide her close ties to the national Republicans that she hopes to join in Washington,” said Ben Marter, a spokesperson for Murphy. “McMahon has already publicly toyed with the idea of closing Connecticut’s sub base, but cozying up to the man who almost single-handedly destroyed southeastern Connecticut’s economy is beyond the pale.”

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) was recently lauded by the Concord Coalition for his support of a failed budget that would have reduced the nation’s debt. His campaign, in a press release, emphasized that “Himes’ commitment to fiscal responsibility is not new” and began in his first term.

“In early 2010, he and three other first-term representatives urged House Leadership to cut actual spending when the House passed a budget for the coming fiscal year. Later that year, he helped lead a group with three other first-term representatives that sought creative ways to reduce wasteful spending, introducing $70 billion in cuts.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) talked with the Hartford Courant about the record of opponent Jim Himes and the chances of winning in the Fourth District.

“People have gotten very invigorated about the fact that we need to have a fiscally conservative, socially moderate person back in this district, and that’s what I represent,” Obsitnik said.  

Other News in Connecticut

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The fundraising deadline for the quarter was Sept. 30, and DeLauro was among the many candidates throughout the state asking supporters for donation via email.

Are we going to attempt again to build our economy from the top-down by giving more tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, or are we going to grow our economy from the bottom-up by creating jobs, investing in education and health care?” DeLauro said in the email.

Wayne Winsley (R): Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan was in Connecticut for some fundraising events. A photo on Winsley’s Facebook page shows the two candidates posing together.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty (D) opposes the Keystone natural gas pipeline, yet employees from a law firm representing the backers of the pipeline have contributed more than $26,000 to her campaign. According to the CT Mirror, Esty worked for the Sidley Austin law firm for a short time in the 1980s and was unaware of their involvement with the pipeline.

Andrew Roraback (R) appeared on NPR’s “Where We Live” and described himself as a moderate Republican, while criticizing extremists in both of the major parties, reports the Register Citizen.

“There’s been no middle ground,” Roraback said. “Both parties have been going away from the center.”

Will Wilkin October 02, 2012 at 12:20 PM
McMahon and Murphy trade accusations over who most wants to cut Defense spending as if that were bad, which in our insanely off-shored economy means that "Defense" jobs are practically the only good ones left, so the country will continue bankrupting itself on useless militarism that nobody can eat or use because the political and corporate leadership of the USA have ZERO ideas about how to build a productive prosperous civilian economy that actually makes things people can use and doesn't require continually tearing another shred off the Constitution to justify the endless aggressive illegal unConstitutional wars "legitimizing" global military domination on borrowed money.
Tanya Carver October 02, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hi Will, have you seen this? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-15/obama-s-tariffs-on-china-s-solar-products-will-cost-u-s-.html
Will Wilkin October 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Hi Tanya, Thanks for the link but you must know I think we need a lot MORE tariffs rather than the less this linked article recommends. The Bloomberg article is very ideological in the sense of imposing judgement on China's level of support for industry ("overly generous", etc) and in assuming free-trade agreements are the solution. That is a strategic mistake considering the history of our first 160 years as a mercantilist economy growing by leaps and bounds under protectionist tariff regimes and extensive govt investment in infrastructure, R&D, and factory and technology development. All the prosperous economies buying out our technologies and factories and jobs and future are employing strategic national economic policies of myriad active govt encouragement of domestic industry. The free-market ideology echoed in the Bloomberg article illustrates the main reason our country is paralyzed bleeding not just jobs but the industrial ecosystem of skills knowledge facilities and centers of innovation. Present trends projected ahead are catastrophic for our country. Look at how not just China but Germany Singapore Taiwan and any other country where mfg is thriving and standards of living are rising and you will see the Austrian school libertarian market ideology is not governing. The tactical mistake in the article's solution is requiring China to limit their sovereign right to support industry however they think best. They are taking care of themselves we are not.
Will Wilkin October 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Hi Tanya, here's an article you might find interesting, on the same topic of trade and jobs but from a protectionist perspective. Note in the comments below this linked article my critique of it. http://economyincrisis.org/content/wake-up-call-we-are-on-the-verge-of-an-economic-collapse
Tanya Carver October 03, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Hi Will, I did. It makes me ill.


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