Campaign Notebook: 'Over-the-Top’ Senate Ads Attract National Attention

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


The campaigns of Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy are apparently providing some unintended laughs throughout the country. A Yahoo News article looks at some of the livelier television advertisements and mailers sent out by the campaigns.

According to the article: 

If there were any doubts that the tone of the Connecticut Senate race has become one of the most negative in the country, a glance at either side's abusive and sometimes wacky campaign ads should clear them up. 

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik talked at a forum in Stamford on Wednesday. The candidates, according to the Connecticut Post, “differed on ways to continue the nation's emergence from the shadow of the crippling five-year recession.”

Obsitnik blamed Himes’ policies for the slow recovery. Himes said the economy would have collapsed if Republicans had their way.

Other Districts

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): More than 300 people were made ill – and 24 people died – from contaminated medicine. DeLauro issued a statement saying that federal regulation of compounding pharmacies is the answer.

“I plan to introduce legislation when Congress returns after the election that will strengthen the FDA’s role in monitoring and licensing compounding pharmacies. The current patchwork of regulations has clearly failed us”, she said.

Wayne Winsley (R) is planning another campaign “flash mob” for Friday. According to his Facebook page, theNext Winsley for Congress Flashmob is Hamden Friday 4:30pm 1950 Dixwell ave. Signs T-shirts FUN! We ALL Win with Winsley!”

Fifth District

An internal poll from the Elizabeth Esty campaign says she’s leading the race by four points. An internal poll from the Andrew Roraback campaign says he’s winning by six points.

According to the Hartford Courant, the opposing polls mean the race is close.

Bernard October 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Who ever thought that Linda's ads could get any more nasty and in-the-gutter than they have been. But, you have to give her credit, she clearly is dipping in to her wrestling toolbag to bring more odoriferous trash to a TV and mailbox near you.
Craig Zac October 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Her? What about all the stuff Murph is throwing at her? lol these two are both morons. lie after lie after lie.... im waiting for the all out acusations of crimes to start being made."Linda macmahon, a woman who has been killing puppies and kittens since she was 12 years old, is this who we want in the senate?" and then the retort, "Hi Im linda Mcmahon, I was outside the debate walking to my car whn Chris Murphey grabbed me from behind and attacked me. if I hadnt thrown him to the ground and then picked him up performed a stone cold stunner on him, I may be dead or in the hospitol right now!' lol Seriously, I wouldnt p*** on either of these two idiots if they were on fire! not an honest bone in either one.
Bernard October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
It is a political reality that you have to fight fire with fire. McMahon has set the tone with blistering attacks. Unanswered, you lose. I would love it if Chris could talk about his laudable record in the US House. However, with Linda blanketing the airwaves, he has to fight. The basic question comes down to who has prepared themself to serve? Who is ready to step into argueably the most important position it the state and get to work. If you saw the last debate and can still say that person is Linda, then all the ads have worked. We sent her packing last time but like most CEO's, she is much more comfortable talking than listening.


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