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Campaign Notebook: Financial Pasts of Murphy, McMahon Scrutinized

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

The financial past of both Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon is being used by both camps to paint the other candidate as irresponsible.

Murphy’s campaign is bringing up McMahon’s involvement in the 1976 bankruptcy of the WWE – then known as the World Wrestling Federation. According to the Associated Press, McMahon’s company owed $1 million to creditors.

‘‘It’s wrong that McMahon made hundreds of millions of dollars at the WWE but still has not paid back the people she owes from her foreclosure and bankruptcy,’’ said Ben Marter, a spokesperson for Chris Murphy.

McMahon’s campaign is honing in on Murphy’s past, where he missed mortgage payments on his home and tax payments on his car, reports the Hartford Courant.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty’s attempts to link Andrew Roraback to controversial remarks by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is a strategy being used by Democratic candidates throughout the nation, reports Talking Points Memo.

“It’s going to help us in every swing district in America,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, was quoted as saying.

According to the Register Citizen, Roraback’s campaign accused Esty of “hyper-partisanship.”

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ELSEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) joined fellow Democrats in a press conference to hit Republicans on their stances on women’s issues, reports The Huffington Post.

Wayne Winsley (R): The candidate has a newly-redesigned website.

Fourth District

Steve Obsitnik (R) issued a second round of grades for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, giving him an F for student loan debt, college options for prospective students and job prospects for college graduates.

Himes’ campaign spokesperson graded Obsitnik as well.

"Obsitnik, whose actual report card details his failing to vote in six elections since registering to vote in Connecticut, is once again desperately misleading voters by fabricating report cards," Justin Myers said, according to the Connecticut Post.

Bill Johnson September 21, 2012 at 06:39 AM
All politicians lie. Choosing between the lesser of two evils is still picking evil.
Voice of Reason September 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Two questions come to mind re the McMahon's bankruptcy. 1) Did they operate within the confines of the law? The answer to this is an emphatic yes. Federal Bankruptcy Court makes the rules and the debtor WILL follow those rules. 2) Do they have a moral obligation to repay the discharged debts? My personal opinion is that they do. They could have paid off the discharged debts sooner but due to certain circumstances they are now paying them off, thirty-five years later and at a rate of four times the original amount. This is not to say that I'm not critical of the timing but at the same time I do recognize that this is actually far better than most bankruptcy cases. I have been fortunate enough to speak with Linda McMahon on several occasions and firmly believe that the whole experience was quite humbling for her and her family; as it is so for so many folks these days. On the other side we have Chris Murphy with his more than checkered financial past/present. His loan and banking scandal may go beyond morals and enter criminal territory, time will tell. If Chris Murphy suddenly has the funds to clear up his financial mess I'd have to wonder who he now owes favors to.
Voice of Reason September 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Some say it is a choice between the lesser of two evils. I won't attempt to sway their thinking but I will say that we will only have one of these two candidates in that seat and we must choose the best for the job. This is a clear decision in this situation. Linda McMahon has the moral compass and the funds to not be swayed by special interest groups as well as possessing the business acumen that we desperately need in DC.

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