Campaign Notebook: McMahon, Murphy Finish Debates

News and updates from the campaign trial in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy debated for the fourth and final time on Thursday. Social security and women’s issues were some of the main topics. According to CBS News:

Throughout, Democrat Murphy cast himself as a defender of the middle class and McMahon as a hard-hearted plutocrat. Republican McMahon, who is running in a largely blue state, defined herself as an "independent thinker" and a job creator and slammed Murphy as a failed career politician.

As with the past debates, both candidates repeated many of the same talking points. According to the New York Times:

The debate, which broke little new ground as both candidates largely recycled talking points from previous debates, ended a phase of the campaign. Mr. Murphy has been gaining a bit of momentum in a tight race that had earlier been dominated by Ms. McMahon’s aggressive campaign and expensive television ads.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): A letter from DeLauro’s campaign manager asking supporters for donations says DeLauro “is fighting against a Tea-Party agenda that is working to dismantle what we have achieved and block us from progress moving forward.

Wayne Winsley (R) said on Facebook that he’s looking forward to having breakfast with activist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.

CuriousOrange October 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Rep. DeLauro demonstrated her experience as an advocate for the people in Congress as she and Mr. Winsley debated on CBS Face the State. Mr. Winsley, who became flustered over snarky phrases (was he trying to say "job-maker haters?), seemed well-intentioned but lacking rehearsals and not as well organized.
Concerned Parent October 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Rosa Delauro's net worth as of 2010. And she continues to spewed this 1% argument. "http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000615&year=2010"
Michael Brown October 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Rosa's husband, Stanley Greenberg is a very successful international consultant. Rosa donates any increase in her congressional salary to a scholarship fund.
Christopher Schaefer October 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM
How about the campaign money she pockets? “Federal campaign records reveal a self-dealing relationship between a senior Democratic Connecticut congresswoman [Rosa DeLauro] and her husband’s political consulting firm…the funds DeLauro donates to help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]” ultimately re-enter her household through her husband’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research “for polling and other services…It’s not just a conflict of interest, it just looks bad. It looks like she’s raising money and giving it to herself.” [No kidding!] “..Rosa DeLauro has established a persona of being a champion of the safety net while at the same time being a champion of amassing great wealth for herself and her husband [Stanley Greenberg] during her tenure in office.” http://www.humanevents.com/2011/10/04/delauro-campaign-finances-raise-questions/ http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
Michael Brown October 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Man. You can rant. I bet you also believe that Dick Cheney personally planned the September 11th 2001 attacks.
Hansa Junchun October 22, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Rosa was paid $4,000,000 for her TARP vote to bail out the criminal Wall Street bankers in 2008. All members of congress who voted for TARP received this reward regardless of party affiliation. This vast fortune was given to her through insider trading -- one benefit of being a member of Congress, which exempts them from the same law that locked away Martha Stewart. Stan Greenberg also benefited from this knowledge. Anyone who thinks they are separate financial entities just because they have separate tax filings and different names is being irrational. Greenberg helped incite murder in Kenya in January 2008, when he was helping the campaign of Raila Odinga. Odinga was on the phone daily with both Greenberg and Obama during the crisis months of January to March, when Odinga ordered his supporters to attack Kibaki's people with machetes. 1,000 people died as a result. Greenberg must have heard the blood splashing all around him as he offered campaign advice to Odinga at the time. It was the same advice he gave to housemate and illegal squatter Rahm Emmanuel: Never waste a crisis.
Hansa Junchun October 22, 2012 at 03:54 PM
DeLauro has fought for NOTHING except the DNC Steering Committee's express demands. She is their go-fer, and nobody does cheap partisan propaganda better than Rosa! Jimmy Tickey is a cheap shill for the campaign slush fund that rolls dupes' donations into two places: Rosa's Roman banquets held every Tuesday evening at her DC townhouse for the party elites and their extremist ideologues OR into the DNC general fund, where Rosa makes payments to upkeep her seniority in the Democrat house leadership. Rosa paid $1,000,000 for her chairmanship of the House Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee in 2007. It had nothing to do with seniority or leadership, but how much money she diverted into DNC coffers. It takes a million to be a leader, and keeping it requires "maintenance fees" starting at $100,000 per year. Rosa's record shows she has achieved nothing in her 22 years. No sponsored bills ever became law. In the Face the State debate, she referred to her National Infrastructure Bank legislation, but failed to mention its been around for 16 years, and not even Pelosi or Obama would consider passing it into law! That's how bitterly extreme Rosa is. Forget Diaper or Rice Acts: her hated bank can't get anwhere because Rosa has made too many enemies in her own party, and is completely Persona Non Grata in the the Republican-led house. Rosa is finished. Its over. She is ineffective as a legislator, horrible as a whip, and awful as an advocate. Time for change!!
Concerned Parent October 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
@Michael...It's always good to have a nice tax deduction when you are worth millions..People continue to criticize the rich for the exact same thing...Your logic is amuses me...
CuriousOrange October 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
With all these perks, it's no wonder Mr. Winsley wants the job. As a Republican, he can probably make even more from the war on Iran, tax breaks for the rich, repealing the laws against tomato sauce and PSA screening ... BTW, with huge seniority, Rep. DeLauro does not need to pay for high committee positions. Newcomers are lucky to serve on committee of any importance at all.
Concerned Parent October 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
@Curious...For a liberal, you appear as quite the elitist with this particular post..
Hansa Junchun October 22, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Not sure what the logic of your argument is. Everyone wants that job. Fame, fortune, a guaranteed job with a lobby afterward. Its so sumptuous and financially rewarding. But of course, its fine by the so-called progressives of CT, so long as the one-percent leech is THEIR leech. Gotta admire the unquestionable loyalty, eh? Meanwhile, Rosa is as eager for a brutal war on Iranian schoolchildren and hospitals as anyone else, since it provides jobs in Third District-located weapons manufacturers and also locks in donations from AIPAC-related sources. Rosa howled like a banshee over the F-22 cancellation. It was the biggest boondoggle and fraud in weapons development history, but she roared and shrieked for its continued funding. After all, there are union donors working on the non-existent sixth generation fighter. The DNC absolutely requires cash payments for seniority positions: one million dollars for a chair. This is why Rosa has been donating surplus cash to the DNC all these years: building up to meet that price tag. Wake up to the real world. Our Representative is corrupt to the core and deserves prison for her unspeakable crimes. Winsley deserves a chance to represent us without the aura of corruption, bitter partisanship, and ideological extremism.
Michael Brown October 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@Ed Happy you are amused. I have no idea what Rosa does with her taxes. Neither do you. BTW. A charitable deduction is only made against income, not the tax bill. Giving is giving. Also. Do you begrudge Romney his tax deductions for charity as well?
CuriousOrange October 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
@Ed, if by 'elitist' you mean 'superior,' then maybe you will admit Rep. DeLauro earned her way up -- to the benefit of Connecticut wherever appropriate.
CuriousOrange October 22, 2012 at 09:29 PM
@Hansa, if everyone "wanted that job," everyone would run for Congress. Why haven't we seen your hat in the ring?
Christopher Schaefer October 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
DeLauro’s debate answers all were virtually identical to those she gave last Sunday at a church-sponsored forum on poverty—even though all the questions were completely different! Winsley: "I will never vote for things that I know & believe to be rediculous and absurd"--like DeLauro's bill that counts ketchup as a vegetable. Notice that she has a binder to look up answers while Winsley is talking. After 22 years you'd think she wouldn't need it to be an open-book exam. Delauro: creating jobs means getting constructions unions to get my support for govt-paid "infrastructure" TEMPORARY jobs. Winsely: "You can't love jobs but hate job creators [i.e. business]". Re. New Haven violence, DeLauro: childproof locks on guns. Winsley: give kids role models and a future. Re. illegal immigration, Winsley: "America has always been a welcoming nation...We're a nation of immigrants...It should be as difficult to enter the US as it is to enter a Holiday Inn: we all have to check in." http://youtu.be/vT406srfQYc
Christopher Schaefer October 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
DeLauro vs Winsley debate format was too short to address ObamaCare, but you can read plenty here: http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
CuriousOrange October 22, 2012 at 09:51 PM
@Christopher Shaefer. I guess if a comment doesn't work in around 8 AM, post the same again after 5:30 pm. But why complain the Rep. DaLauro gave the same answer as before. Or do you prefer the Romney strategy -- different positions for different listeners. The Prime Minister of the UK uses a binder. Why shouldn't anyone else. In fact, Mr. Winsley ought to think about his comments. If he voted against every bill based on some silly provision -- i.e. whether a tomato product is counted as a 'vegetable' -- he would find himself voting against every bill. It is exactly this kind of innocence about the legislative process that make me think he is entirely unqualified.
Hansa Junchun October 23, 2012 at 01:45 PM
CuriousOrange, thanks for killing the discussion with inane remarks. By any chance is your birth name "Jimmy Tickey", noted Hack shill for the DeLauro Dirty Money Wash to the DNC?


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