Campaign Notebook: A One-Person 'Debate' About Jobs

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Fifth District

The Democratic primary has been settled, with Elizabeth Esty upsetting Chris Donovan. Despite the outcome, Donovan is still in the race as a candidate for the Working Families Party. The Hartford Courant reports there’s pressure on Donovan to back out of the race and allow Esty to focus on Republican Andrew Roraback.

Second District

Paul Formica (R). Formica today issued the following statement on the ongoing federal budget problems:

 “Representative Courtney today stated that continuing temporary budget resolutions and the Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 are sufficient to run the federal government. As a family man, municipal leader and small business owner, I understand the need to create an annual budget and stick to it every single year. At a time when our country is faced with a 16 trillion dollar debt, Congressman Courtney believes that minimal reductions in the Farm Bill are the way to address our out of control spending."


Linda McMahon may have declined Chris Murphy’s invitation to debate earlier this week in Hartford, but that didn’t stop Murphy from showing up at the debate anyways. According to CT News Junkie, Murphy spent the "debate" talking about his jobs plan and taking written questions from the crowd.

Some volunteers from the McMahon campaign reportedly showed up to heckle the congressman and hand out information about McMahon’s jobs plan.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The incumbent’s campaign website has a section on her positions on the economy, which reaffirms her support of the stimulus plan and other infrastructure projects.

Wayne Winsley (R): The campaign is organizing a “Stand-Up for a Change” comedy event at the Palace Theater in Danbury on Sept. 22. Tickets are $35.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): A story in the Connecticut Post about opponent Steve Obsitnik failing to vote in some elections is being used by the Himes campaign as political ammunition.

“We need everyone's input, and anyone running for Congress should know that,” Himes said in a statement. “It baffles me that someone who wants to represent us in Washington wouldn't feel that same commitment, especially in recent years, when the stakes have been so high. If they don't, they should reconsider why they are running for office."

Steve Obsitnik (R) released a statement saying that Todd Akin of Missouri should drop out of the senate race for the candidate’s “legitimate rape” comments.

“Akin's remarks concerning the 'legitimacy' of rape are outrageous and intolerable," Obsitnik said.  "His beliefs are an affront to victims, and all women, and do not reflect the views of the party I'm running to represent.  He should withdraw from the Missouri Senate race immediately."

Christopher Schaefer August 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Rosa DeLauro “reaffirms her support of the stimulus plan” & strongly supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. REALITY: Government spending plans do not “stimulate” the economy. Such plans are based on the idea that feeding “new” money into the economy will create economic growth. But the money isn’t new—some comes from taxes—but MOST of it is borrowed. Unemployment climbed steadily month by month after the 2009 stimulus was passed in Feb. 2009, reaching 10.2% in October 2009. While it then dipped slightly, it remains above 8% —and is climbing. SOLUTION: reduce spending, to reduce deficit budgets, to reduce debt—because over 40% of federal spending goes to pay just the interest on this massive debt! And all THAT money SHOULD be used by business and consumers to stimulate the economy themselves. While “taxing the wealthy” for the sake of “fairness” has become a popular political rant—although notably not by multi-millionaire DeLauro—the truth is that such increased revenue would barely dent the massive federal debt. It’s the SPENDING, stupid! http://youtu.be/JIi_a93uaa8
Christopher Schaefer August 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Delauro has fought for passage of a Jobs Bill. REALITY: A job is something that a BUSINESS creates. A government-created job is a temporary “contract”. It ENDS at a certain point. Government “jobs programs” only create TEMPORARY jobs—at HUGE expense to taxpayers—because over 40% of federal spending now goes to pay just the interest on programs like this. Under Wayne Winsley’s plan, government tax cuts to small businesses will encourage the owners to expand due to a lower cost of capital. Businesses would then hire additional employees and thus expand the economy—with minimal governmental intervention—and no additional government spending. DeLauro wants to REPEAT the failed stimulus package of 2009! What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing repeatedly—and expecting different results.
Christopher Schaefer August 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Delauro states that she believes in uniform standards for interrogation of terrorist suspects that prohibit the use of inhuman treatment: “these are critical to restoring and maintaining our moral high ground on human rights”. REALITY: Using drones to assassinate suspects—along with civilians who happen to be nearby—is apparently DeLauro’s definition of “interrogation” and “moral high ground”. Delauro states that “She knows how critical it is to effectively root out terrorists and Taliban militants in Afghanistan.” Apparently she’s too busy seeking photo ops to keep up with foreign affairs: the Taliban moved their center of operations to our “ally” Pakistan years ago. And Obama has quietly started a new war there—but using drones rather than ground troops. It makes our latest war “less noticeable” to war-weary voters. Delauro is a co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act. REALITY: Sanctions have never worked. They merely strengthen the resolve of countries that hate us. In the case of Iran, they are more determined than ever to develop nuclear weapons—BECAUSE of sanctions.
Christopher Schaefer August 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
DeLauro “has worked to increase opportunities for green job creation”. REALITY: Government doesn’t “create” green jobs. (Has DeLauro forgotten the Solyndra Solar scandal?) Such spending merely takes money out of YOUR pocket via taxes—and gives it to others to pay for their solar installations—while removing any incentive for industry to create cheaper solar panels. The only thing “green” about this are the wasted dollars coming out of your pocket. DeLauro has called for a rapid move toward investment in biofuels, i.e. US government subsidized ethanol made from corn. Apparently Delauro hasn’t kept up with the fact that US ethanol production has contributed to famine world-wide, and that our current drought means that ethanol production will make global food shortages even worse. What was that she said about “moral high ground”?...


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