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Campaign Notebook: Murphy's Congressional Attendance Debated

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Second District

Paul Formica (R): Formica today accepted a $5,000 donation from Grassroots East, a PAC that supports Republican causes, candidates and issues. 

Fifth District

Democrat Chris Donovan had the backing of labor unions heading in the August primary, but it wasn’t enough to give him the win. Elizabeth Esty, the primary’s winner, has yet to receive their support, reports the Hartford Courant.

Senate

One of several back-and-forth arguments between the candidates has been Chris Murphy’s attendance at hearings in Congress. Linda McMahon has hammered Murphy on the issue, reports CT News Junkie, but former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons says the attendance record of only 20 percent isn’t entirely accurate.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): On the congresswoman’s Twitter page, two tweets from the Center for American Progress, progressive think tank, were shared.

Nearly 2/3 of mothers are either the breadwinner for their family or share responsibility with a partner.  http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/08/wagegap_factsheet.html …#fem2

Only 43% of Hispanic workers have access to paid leave, compared to 59% of whites. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/20…#latism

Wayne Winsley (R) met with Middletown Republicans to talk about the upcoming elections, . He criticized DeLauro as a career politician who follows special interests.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) released a playlist of songs that help him when he needs an “extra push.” According to the Hartford Courant, some of the tunes included Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, The Talking Heads’ Take me to the River and REM’s Orange Crush.

Steve Obsitnik (R): The Connecticut Post detailed a couple elections where Obsitnik failed to vote in an election, including the 2008 election that Himes won against incumbent Chris Shays. Obsitnik says he voted by absentee ballot that year, but no records were found.

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