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Patch Poll: Should Bysiewicz Pull the Murphy Attack Ad and Apologize?

CTNewsJunkie.com reports that even though Susan Bysiewicz admits that parts of her latest Wall Street-focused ad against her U.S. Senate Democratic primary opponent are “inaccurate,” she'll continue to run it because the overall message stands.

Following a televised debate on Sunday, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz acknowledged that certain aspects of her latest attack ad against Democratic primary frontrunner Rep. Chris Murphy were “inaccurate.”

The ad has sparked a back-and-forth between the Democratic candidates, who are both gearing up for the Aug. 14 primary in Connecticut.

In the 30-second ad, which is viewable here, Bysiewicz takes aim at campaign contributions Murphy has received since being elected to Congress in 2006. Bysiewicz claiims Murphy has received more hedge fund donations than any other Democrat in Congress.

This claim, as her campaign acknowledged, was inaccurate. However, as reported by CTNewsJunkie.com, Bysiewicz says the overall message stands: Murphy has received significant financial backing from Wall Street.

From 2006 to 2011, Murphy has accepted more than $700,000 in contributions from financial entities, although not all of that was straight Wall Street cash, according to OpenSecrets.org. In fact, as CTMirror.org points out, the category is broad because it includes many Connecticut-based financial houses as well as insurers within Hartford.

"Here's the larger point," Bysiewicz spokesman Jonathan Ducote told CTMirror.org. "There is a whole series of data points we were trying to demonstrate. He has benefited from Wall Street cash to the detriment of the middle class."

Murphy’s campaign has argued that the ad should come down, citing the fact that it contains the inaccuracies.

Murphy told CTNewsJunkie.com the following:

“If Susan is continuing to insist on running the ad it reflects a denial of reality that is both sad and a little frightening.”

What is your take on this ad? Should Bysiewicz remove it and apologize because a portion of it is incorrect? Or should she continue to run the ad because, as her campaign puts it, the overall message of the ad is accurate? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

DHHS CLASS OF 1971 July 25, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Wow....to think this all started with the fact that Susan Byciewicz is a liar and Chris Murphy votes with Nancy Pelosi almost 99% of the time. Not much of a choice for a person who would like to vote for trustworthy politicians. Of course, that is a oxymoron. As for the extremely in depth research on EPA mandates from Nancy Pelosi's second year as Speaker of the House from Catherine Zamecnik, I would like to encourage Ms. Zamecnik to focus that same inquisitive passion to find out what President Obama studied at Columbia and Harvard. For reasons that completely escape me, I cannot understand why he would not be very proud of the subjects he obviously mastered. Why is our President hiding what he studied from the American people? I thought BHO promised the most transparent administration ever? obviously mastered at those two Ivy League Universities. Could it be our President isa
Lou July 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
So Doreen, where do you get your news then?
Jay July 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Remember " Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" - Jimmy Steward portrayal of a people's representative in Washington is the vision most people hold as "their" rep. So what has vicious Suzie or Murphy actually done or tried to accomplish in that light for Connecticut citizens ? Chris Shays actually went to jail protesting against a corrupt probate judge.
Vindaloo July 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
What the "F" are you talking about? I don't trust many politicians on either side. I speak strictly in practical terms and I don't give a $#!^ what the president studied at Columbia. I care about the health an well being of people and our environment. THAT'S IT!
CAjones July 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Better than yours however, those links are worthless. Much like the bull you spew.

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