Campaign Notebook: McMahon Ad Targets Obama Supporters

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


A new ad from the Linda McMahon campaign features supporterss of Barack Obama who also plan to vote for McMahon. Democrats – and some Republicans – are questioning the ad, which says McMahon would work with Obama if elected.

Chris Murphy told the Associated Press that the claim McMahon would work with Obama is a "lie.”

The Hartford Courant reports that the ad had a backlash on Facebook and Twitter from angry McMahon supporters.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): Former presidential candidate George McGovern died on Sunday, and DeLauro cited the anti-war candidate as an inspiration, according to the Associated Press. DeLauro volunteered for one of McGovern’s three presidential campaigns.

Wayne Winsley (R) and volunteers planned to spend Tuesday evening at campaign headquarters in Stratford, according to his Facebook page. “Phone Banking, Sign Making, Brainstorming and more!” he said.

Fourth District

Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik are scheduled to debate on Sun, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at . Several chapters of the League of Women Voters in Fairfield County are co-sponsoring the debate.

Second District

Incumbent Joe Courtney (D) and challenger Paul Formica (R) gathered for a debate at Eastern Connecticut State University on Monday, and this time a pair of third party candidates were involved. According to The Norwich Bulletin, Courtney, Formica, Green Party candidate Colin Bennett and Libertarian Party candidate Dan Reale debated for 90 minutes in front of a crowd of roughly 250 at the university.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty (D): Campaign finance manager director Brian Weeks told supporters in an email about the endorsement Esty received from the New York Times.

“And it’s not just the newspapers that are learning about Elizabeth’s fortitude,” he wrote. “More and more, folks across the 5th District are getting to know that Elizabeth is just the kind of principled, commonsense leader we need to send to Washington.”

Andrew Roraback (R) released his latest television ad. Titled “Blatant Lies,” the ad accuses Esty of “blatant smears” and “false attacks.”

Lance Coughlin October 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I can't believe Linda did that.
Luigi (the original) October 24, 2012 at 03:12 PM
It's sad that this state is slanted so far to the left that a good republican candidate feels forced to make such an assertion. Gamblers call it hedging a bet. So while many, including myself that umbrage to the ad, in the end it might just be brilliant politicking. Good conservatives should give McMahon a pass on the move and hope it plays correctly to the many from Connecticut that wouldn't vote republican on the national level no matter what.
Adam Bray October 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Wow, what a terrible idea! The conservatives know that working together doesn't solve anything. Fight that fool in office so nothing can be accomplished!


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