Campaign Notebook: Shays Relying on Reputation

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Chris Murphy (D): According to Public Policy Polling, Murphy will most likely win the Democratic primary and ultimately defeat Linda McMahon in the general election, reports the New Haven Register

Christopher Shays (R): With a disadvantage in funds and polling against Republican rival McMahon, Shays hopes to win the primary based on his political experience and reputation, reports The Day. Shays has spent 21 years in Congress and 12 years before that in the state General Assembly.

Second District

Joe Courtney (D): Courtney is blasting a GOP-backed measure in the U.S. House that he says would raise taxes on military and middle class families. In a press release he issued today, Courtney said H.R. 8 would raise taxes on about 25 million middle-class families by reducing tax credits, including the child tax credit. At the same time, Courtney said, the measure would continue other tax breaks for families earning more than $1 million.

“Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would extend tax cuts on income up to $250,000 for all Americans,” Courtney said in his release. “I said then that if the House passed the exact same bill immediately, the President would sign it without hesitation. Instead of following that clear, pragmatic approach – an approach that would protect middle-class families and help us avoid the January 1 fiscal cliff – House Republicans are pushing an option that raises taxes on the middle class and military families to protect tax breaks for the very rich.”

Third District 

Rosa DeLauro (D): DeLauro has sided with Service Employees International Union in its contract dispute with a retirement home company, reports Fox News.  

Wayne Winsley (R): Winsley attended opponent Rosa DeLauro's visit to Quest Athletic and Physicians Physical Therapy, reports the New Haven Register. He listened to DeLauro speak as well as answered questions from the audience.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): Himes, along with Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator Richard Blumenthal, announced a $568,150 grant for the New England Food Hub Initiative for winning the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The New England Food Hub focuses on New England's demand for locally produced foods. 

"This funding will create jobs, spur economic and agricultural growth in Bridgeport and other communities, and help struggling families put food on the table," Himes said. 

Steve Obsitnik (R): On Twitter, Obsitnik has expressed concerns about small businesses recently: 

"Job creators are always trying to determine "what’s the risk?” Lets remove the uncertainty hanging over businesses. http://fb.me/1zZfjMUVn "

"'Political Uncertainty' continues to hamper small businesses. Read about it here - http://fb.me/1y2BgV1ZE "

Fifth District

Chris Donovan (D): Chris Powell from the Journal Inquirer wrote that Donovan's campaign contribution scandal sheds light on Connecticut's political economy. He says it represents how special interest groups can influence legislation through donations. 

Mark Greenberg (R): After the Republican debate on Monday, Greenberg posted on his own campaign website that he "stood out as the only conservative candidate with the knowledge, the temperament, and the ability to win in November." 


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