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CT Politicians React to Paul Ryan, Romney's VP Pick

The selection stirs up debate among two U.S. Senate candidates, and draws praise from Republicans and pause from at least one Democrat.


Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Vice President selection today of Congressman Paul Ryan has stirred up a frenzy of activity in Connecticut's political scene.

Chris Shays, a former Congressman who is facing off against Linda McMahon Tuesday in the Republican Primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, calls Ryan a "great pick."

"Governor Romney could not have made a better choice for his running mate than his decision to name my friend and former colleague, Congressman Paul Ryan," Shays said, adding, in his , "He is an experienced leader, trying to restore fiscal sanity to Washington."

Meanwhile, Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) took Romney's announcement as an opportunity to engage McMahon. In Tuesday's Primary, Democrats will choose between Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut's former Secretary of the State. Bysiewicz has not yet made a statement about Romney's pick.

The Murphy campaign said, "This morning, Linda McMahon tried to reverse her position on the massive cuts to Medicare contained in Congressman Paul Ryan’s disastrous budget plan."

“Linda McMahon said just months ago that she supports 'some' of Congressman Ryan’s disastrous plan, including 'taking a look' at its massive cuts to Medicare,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “So, which parts of Congressman Ryan’s plan does she support? And why hasn’t she endorsed her party’s nominee for vice president?"

"Chris Murphy would never endorse a presidential or vice presidential candidate who would give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest individuals and corporations that ship American jobs overseas, shift costs onto middle class families already struggling to make ends meet, and force over 575,000 Connecticut seniors to pay more out of pocket costs for their health care by ending Medicare as we know it.”

McMahon campaign manager Corry Bliss pushed back.

“Leave it to Chris Murphy to take the news of the day and use it to try to distract from the fact that he has no plan to create jobs and improve the economy," Bliss says in a statement. “Linda McMahon will never support a budget that cuts Medicare."

So far, not in a statement or in any posts on her social media networks, has McMahon lended her outright support to Paul Ryan.

Romney announced the decision in a press release Saturday morning, titled “America’s Comeback Team,” as well as through his “Mitt’s VP” smart phone app.

The Huffington Post notes that both liberals and conservatives will be “thrilled” with Romney’s choice.

Ryan, 42, is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He’s also a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and last year he unveiled a counter budget titled “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which proposed to eliminate the federal deficit over a multi-year period.

Democrats and liberals derided the budget, however, saying it focused more on cuts to spending for social programs and less on tax cuts for the wealthy.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat seeking re-election representing Connecticut's Third Congressional District, also responded to the news:

“America is going to have a conversation about the choice before us this November. Thanks to his last two proposed budgets, we all know what Paul Ryan’s vision for America is. The American middle class will face higher taxes and less help with education. Seniors will get a voucher and higher bills for health care. And the children of the most vulnerable will get pushed back into poverty."

Steve Obsitnik, a Republican running to unseat Democrat Jim Himes in the Fourth Congressional District, offered this:

"In selecting Rep. Ryan to be his Vice President, Gov. Romney is drawing the starkest of contrasts between himself and the President."

"This election may come down to a single issue: 'Should the federal government continue down its present path of fiscal irresponsibility, or has the time come to get our financial house in order?'"

"All across Connecticut’s 4th District families work hard to make ends meet; they make the tough decisions on their budgets and try to save money for a rainy day. Our government should act like our families. We need fiscal responsibility for today while investing in the future."

Himes has not yet released a statement on the news.

What's your reaction?

Anthony Musto August 12, 2012 at 01:35 AM
MAC, rather than give us piecemeal commentary, I suggest you just provide a link to the organization you are in charge of. That way, everyone could see the entirety of your views, not just the ones you choose mention here at specific times. It would be educational. Also, do you know if there were any deficit-spending budgets that Ryan voted for under President Bush? Did Shays vote for those budgets as well? If they voted for such deficit spending, would Obsitnik have done the same? Of course, it is easy to claim NO NO NEVER when he has no record, but someone supported them when Republicans controlled the government 10 years ago. If voting such budgets disqualifies Himes from office, wouldn't it also disqualify Ryan, making it a "no brainer" to support Obama? Specifics would be appreciated. Don't forget the link. Anthony Musto
Jackie Simmons August 12, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I really have to hand it to the Republican party. They utilize the principles of social psychology masterfully, and in doing so have turned us against each other while they and their benefactors laugh all the way to the too-big-to-fail-or-jail bank. Not that the Democrats aren't funded by many of the same corporate "people," mind you, but the Republicans have beaten the austerity drum much louder, and many middle-class Republicans have been fooled into believing that this is an "us" versus "them" situation, in which "they" are the lazy, good-for-nothing, leeches who are sucking the system dry. If I may, I'd like to suggest an alternative viewpoint. Over the past few decades, our government officials, on both sides of the political fence, have paved the way for such things as banks charging interest rates over 8% (remember back when someone who charged more than 8% could be found in a back alley and was called a loan shark?), selling mortgages that they knew could never be paid to hopeful and sincere buyers only to forclose upon them and package the losses into financial products of their own invention that they could reap higher profits from than if the mortgage had been paid, and offshoring millions of jobs to overseas sweatshops and prisons (to increase the profits of the treasonous "American" multinational corporations). The result? A broken, suffering, middle class, many of whom are homeless and jobless. Now they want to take even more from them. It's simply inhumane.
MAC August 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Here are some "specifics." By YOUR votes, you "represent" public sector unions, the "dependent" and the DEM party of BIG government; and are an enabler of and reliable vote for more and more job killing regulations, and Malloy's bigger and more and MORE TAXES, which are strangling the CT economy! Shays is a career politician whom I will be glad to see go down tomorrow. As far as Ryan's and Shays' votes, you can look those up. Your post is typical of the vicious and deeply divisive brand of politics you practice, and also full of the typical DEM pol red herring distractions. Congrats on mastering the Pelosi, Debbie WS and David Axelrod nastiness style of political commentary and rhetoric! For you to suggest that anyone believing in balanced budgets "support" Obama is the height of fatuity and risible to the extreme! I am not "in charge of" any "organization." I am simply a concerned American, afraid of the consequences of the devastation which has been wreaked upon CT and our nation's economy and future, because of the self-serving depredations of incompetent career politicians (of both parties) and wannabes such as yourself! And, Anthony--again--I know you love your name--but it is redundant for you to put it at the bottom of every post on Patch.
Anthony Musto August 14, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I don't see any specifics in your posts. I also don't believe I insulted you or called you names or was otherwise vicious, divisive or nasty. I didn't say anything about you personally, nor did I call you names or characterize your arguments derisively. You have done all of these. Rather, I asked you some questions about voting records, an issue you raised. Specifically, whether Ryan voted for deficit spending during the 8 years of Republican control of the federal government. You did not answer. I don't see how that was a distraction since you brought up deficit voting. Instead, all you have done in your last post was characterize MY votes, again without supporting facts, even though we were discussing Himes and Ryan. It seems you, like Harry Reid, are making unsubstantiated allegations without proof and then changing the subject. Also, I have seen your name as president or director or something of an organization focussed on so-called "conservative" principals, but I don't recall which one. I merely asked for the name. If you are not willing to give it that's your choice. And regarding names, I sign all my posts on this and every other website on which I post. What the website may do in addition is irrelevant. I claim what I write with my real name, and will continue to do so, although why it bothers you so much I have no idea. I believe that if people used their own names there would be less vitriol on these boards. I encourage you to do the same. Anthony Musto
MAC August 14, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Now you are in effect calling me a LIAR, as I told you: "I am not "in charge of" any 'organization.' I am simply a concerned American, afraid of the consequences of the devastation which has been wreaked upon CT and our nation's economy and future, because of the self-serving depredations of incompetent career politicians (of both parties) and wannabes such as yourself!" I am one of your constituents, and my conversations with you, and your "representation" of me, and my concerns and those of the other TAXPAYERS who pay your salary, benefits--and those of all the excessive number of state employees--have left me feeling totally disrespected and IGNORED. I never said that you "insulted" me, but I have read many past posts from you in which you insulted Tim Herbst and most any (if not all) Republicans you cite. You also have indeed been "vicious, divisive or nasty" in comments made about those parties. If you want to discuss your votes, let's take it to the relevant thread, my comment on which is probably what set you off wanting to retort to me on this discussion about Romney's VP choice (and Obsitnik's comments of agreement): http://trumbull.patch.com/blog_posts/state-senate-candidate-ciocci-announces-introduction-to-campaign-platform And re "names," you love to parade yours before the public at every possible opportunity. I am not publicity hungry, but rather prefer that my conservative principles and views stand on their own.

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