Campaign Notebook: Outside Money Pours Into Senate Race

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Fifth District

Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback agree about what to do with the rising gas prices. Both candidates believe that there should be an investigation into oil speculation, which they attribute to the high prices, reports the Record-Journal. Roraback also blames President Barack Obama’s energy policies and Connecticut’s gas taxes.                  

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) announced today that the University of Connecticut has won five grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $710,752 per year for three years to provide direct fellowship aid to graduate students pursuing degrees in areas of national need.    


The New Haven Register reports that a group is spending $640,000 to support his campaign against McMahon. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is upping its contributions in light of McMahon’s personal contributions to her campaign.

McMahon reportedly gave $16 million of her own money to her campaign, while Murphy raised only $5.7 million.

Third District

Wayne Winsley is challenging Rosa DeLauro to a debate, but apparently hasn’t heard anything back from her campaign, according to a statement. No debates have been scheduled for Third District yet.

“It is time for incumbent DeLauro to stop dodging and join me with the citizens of the 3rd [Congressional District] in public forums,” Winsley said.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): The Concord Coalition – a nonprofit group aimed at eliminating federal budget deficits – honored Himes for his support of a budget plan that would have reduced the deficit by $4 trillion. That budget, based on the Simpson-Bowles plan, ultimately failed. Himes was among 38 representatives who received the 2012 Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award.

Steve Obsitnik (R) was joined by Linda McMahon at a campaign event at the Greenwich Senior Center.

"We need jobs in Connecticut — we need to address out fiscal mess — and most importantly we need some courageous leadership in Washington," . "Because this next Congress is going to deal with more change than we've had in the past 30 years. So it's going to come down to: Who do you trust? You have a Congressman there now who really believes that big government and stimulus and all these things from the past few years are the path to prosperity for us and our kids.”

Herzovet September 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Whoever is elected in the 5th District - I trust that gas prices would be HIGH priority - people can relate to this - let's get some relief for the highest taxed fuel in the US, right here in Revolutionary Connecticut. It really seems like taxation without representation! Do something in Washington and Hartford - we need some real tax reform.


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