Campaign Notebook: McMahon Files Ethics Complaint Against Murphy

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon’s campaign filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, alleging that Chris Murphy received an overly generous home mortgage from Webster Bank. Both Murphy and the bank deny the accusations. 

Politico reports that the impact of the complaint will be limited since the Office of Congressional is prohibited from acting on cases in the 60 days before an election.

Politico wrote, “the practical impact of McMahon’s complaint to the OCE is likely to be some bad headlines for Murphy rather than any significant legal problems.”

The full complaint was posted on Linda McMahon’s campaign website.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) is a critic of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budgetary plan. Before Ryan became the vice presidential nominee, DeLauro addressed Congress earlier this year to say why she thinks the budget proposal doesn’t work. The video is on YouTube.

Wayne Winsley (R) will be joined by state Sen. John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and other prominent Republicans for a “Stand Up for a Change”  comedy event at the Palace Theater in Danbury on Sept. 22. The fundraiser begins at 7:30 p.m.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): In an email to supporters, Himes detailed his exploits at an oyster-eating contest at Norwalk’s Oyster Festival. He didn’t win the competition, but he reflected on the importance of the Long Island Sound and the jobs that rely on the estuary.

“As your Representative, I know how important those jobs are, and when I spend a day at the beach with my family or go clamming in the tidal waters, it makes it crystal clear to me that we must be vigilant protecting the Sound,” Himes said. “Real environmental stewardship provides a greater quality of life for all of us. It also protects an historic and important industry in our part of the country.”

Steve Obsitnik (R): The was a downer, with slow economic growth and high unemployment. Obsitnik released a statement criticizing Democrats for the 43rd consecutive month with unemployment higher than 8 percent.

"Jim Himes and the Democrats gaveled open their convention as our nation’s debt topped $16 trillion and came to a close as we hit the 43rd straight month of unemployment above 8 percent," Obsitnik said. "Our nation’s chronically high unemployment, skyrocketing debt and anemic economic growth must be reversed.” 

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty (D): The Esty campaign is criticizing Roraback on women’s rights and a planned visit of vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, reports The Record-Journal.

Andrew Roraback (R) has an ally in Mark Greenberg, the socially conservative candidate who lost the primary to Roraback. The Register Citizen reports that Greenberg has been reaching out to supporters on Roraback’s behalf despite their differences.

DS September 13, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Tom Kelly= typical liberal moron
MAC September 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I guess the "begging" worked in Aug. Not so much, campaign to date, in Obama's promise to raise a BILLION $$$. Even after Aug. his total is well less than half that goal! I notice that your post conspicuously ignores my most important point: "Obama...is NO leader!! That is unless you see leadership as taking us 'forward' over an economic and existential (our sovereignty) CLIFF!" And this other one: "Obama has had to go BEGGING for donations--such as to give gifts to HIM, instead of to friends getting married or having birthdays!! Lame and disgusting narcissism." More significantly, Obama is concerned only about his power and re-election, so much so that he has attended LESS than HALF of the PDBs (Presidential Daily Briefings) which are a critical part of the president's most essential DUTY, which is to keep America SAFE!!! http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/12/Exclusive-Obama-Skipped-Intel-Briefings-Week-Before-Embassy-Attacks
Jim Flynn September 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Wow DS such hatred when a person contributes his opinion. I guess when you have no facts to back up your argument you resort to disgusting personal invective. By the way, I happen to know Mr. Kelley and you couldn't be more wrong about his political leanings. Mr. Kelley is no liberal.
MAC September 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Mr. Kelley [SIC] IS a social liberal, and he is certainly no constitutional Conservative to support Obama, who has little to no respect for the Constitution--even the basic "Separation of Powers"! Kelly was a RINO, and has seemingly opportunistically switched to the DEM party.
Jim Flynn September 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM
So MAC, how would you describe your nominee Mr. Romney, he has been both a "Constitutional Conservative" "a Constitutional Liberal", and a RINO Governor -he passed Romneycare and supported a women's right to choose until he didn't; face it when it comes to Romney, he is the ultimate flip flopper. And finally, it was Chief Justice Roberts in a 5-4 vote, who upheld Obamacare, a bill passed by Congress and signed by the President. A perfect example as to how separation of powers in the US Constitution works. Just because you don't like a result doesn't make it unconstitutional.


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