Chris Murphy (D): The Senate race is practically a tie according to some polls, and Murphy is seeking an edge by courting Latino voters in Connecticut. According to the Associated Press, Murphy’s campaign plans to run advertisement and Spanish and work in Latino neighborhoods to get out the vote.
The Associated Press notes that Connecticut’s Latino voters lean Democratic, but more than 40 percent are unaffiliated.
Linda McMahon (R): There was some better-than-expected economic news on Friday when the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent – the lowest rate since January 2009.
Linda McMahon issued a statement blaming U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy for some of the nation’s problems.
"Today's jobs numbers, while a step in the right direction, highlight Congressman Murphy’s continued failure to do anything that puts America back to work,” McMahon said. “With the national unemployment rate continuing to hover around 8% and Connecticut's unemployment rate currently at 9%, it’s clear that the policies Chris Murphy has supported during his six years in Congress have only contributed to our economic woes instead of solved them.”
Jim Himes (D): Adam Greenburg’s first at bat in the big leagues nearly ended his career after he was struck in the head by a pitch. Greenberg later spent some times with the Bridgeport Bluefish until being signed to a one-day contract to once again play Major League baseball. Last week, Greenberg was struck out by New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey, but thehuman interest story attracted a lot of attention. Himes offered his support to the player on Twitter, saying “We’re all rooting for you.”
Steve Obsitnik (R) retweeted comments from his communications director Steven Rosenbaum regarding the news that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped. Rosenbaum said:
"The falling jobless rate has been a function as much of the continued shrinking in the labor force as it was an increase in new positions."
Private companies added 104,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment fell by 16,000. Governments, meanwhile, added 10,000 positions. - @WSJ
The Yale Daily News looks at the Third District race, calling the race a “mere formality” for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s reelection. No polling has been done in the race, but Wayne Winsley says he has a chance.
“Everyone but the voters thinks this race is decided, but I believe I have a very good chance of winning,” Winsley said.
Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback shared their views on energy and the environment at a candidates’ forum last week. According to the News Times, the candidates talk about oil and how to get children interested in science.