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.

MAC September 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
McMahon, Steve Obsitnik and Wayne Winsley are exactly the right candidates from CT to address "Our nation’s chronically high unemployment, skyrocketing debt and anemic economic growth” that Obsitnik referred to! Voters and citizens who care about the survival of our nation as again a PROSPEROUS one, rather than a failed and formerly great land of FREEDOM, must help elect these candidates to replace the "career politicians" and wannabes (like Himes). Please attend Winsley's "Comedy Night on Sept. 22nd! And volunteer to help these campaigns.
Joan September 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Gee, Linda McMahon will stop at nothing in her no-holds-barred (how appropriate in this case) campaign to buy her way to a U.S. Senate seat. These maneuvers & her daily, negative, misleading mailers are a big turn-off to anyone who bothers to stop and think for themselves. Holding a high elective position such as U.S. Senator is nothing at all like running a big wrestling/entertainment company. Linda has no experience in government or in holding elective office, and no amount of money spent on "window dressing" changes that.
DS September 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Joan- i suppose that idiot Rosa Delauro and the all the other democrats trying to deflect the fact that our economy is still in the dump with social issues is Ok? You wonder why most people hate liberal democrats !!
Tom Kelly September 12, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Most people do not hate liberal democrats, especially in Connecticut. The thing that "most" voters do not like is angry rhetoric, like being total unable to have a rational political conversation without calling someone an idiot. This is precisely why the right wing extremists have not been able to push Mitt Romney over the top. The right wing extremists appeal to people's worst fears, and they prey on doomsday predictions about the future, but the message is so radical, and there is no tolerance for other opinions, no inclusiveness that the movement is bound to ultimately become irrelevant.
MAC September 13, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Most voters are no longer donating to the failed Obama, who is NO leader!! That is unless you see leadership as taking us "forward" over an economic and existential (our sovereignty) CLIFF! 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. "Most voters do not like angry rhetoric," like that of the Left wing "extremists" such as Pelosi, Reid, Fluke, and other "screechers" like Elizabeth Warren alias "Fauxcahontas," Tammy Baldwin, Nancy Keenan, the abortion cheerleader of NARAL, and Jennifer Granholm. ..."Fauxcahontas, the great liberal hope of the future...has run a sufficiently dismal campaign that she’s trailing Scott Brown in the bluest of blue states. Beyond that, it’s nothing but no-names; exhausted party retreads a la Pelosi and Kerry...and a few NARAL/Planned Parenthood types to remind America what’s really important with unemployment still stuck above eight percent... this year from the Party of Youth and Fresh Ideas." http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/31/confirmed-line-up-of-speakers-at-democratic-convention-is-simply-terrible/ The Left wing "extremists" appeal to people's envy, selfishness, anger and divisiveness! "They prey on doomsday predictions about the future," with LIES about their opponents! The LEFTISTS are the most INtolerant of "other opinions," insisting that compromise means ^^capitulation^^ by any Conservative!
Tom Kelly September 13, 2012 at 09:40 AM
MAC, seriously, where do you get this stuff? Perhaps what you can't find at all those neo-conservative websites is the simple fact that President Obama has received more individual contributions this year, over 3 million, than he did in 2008. Please don't say that people aren't contributing to Obama, when more are doing so now than every before. Because what you're saying is factually untrue. When President Obama out fundraised Mitt Romney in August, over 1.1 million Americans contributed, 317,000 of whom had never contributed before. President Obama has far more small donors than does Mitt Romney. As for the Democrats having a bunch of washed up retreads, that's really a bunch of nonsense, and it's hard to hear from a party that put up the roster of extremists the Republicans ran in the primary. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney...that's what you offered America, and you criticize the Democratic bench? Wow.
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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