Bridgeport's Democratic mayor Bill Finch, a supporter of Connecticut congressman Chris Murphy's bid for the U.S. Senate against Republican Linda McMahon, jokes about corruption:
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is at it again. The Democrat who presided over a 2010 vote casting and counting scandal in the tight race for governor was caught on video Friday guaranteeing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Murphy a big result in the state’s largest city–even if it takes days to count.
Bridgeport provided a crucial and dubious margin of victory to Democratic and Working Families Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 amidst unprecedented chaos at the city’s polling places. The 2010 Bridgeport assault on democracy included photocopied ballots, altered hours at polling places, a mysterious bag of votes and Finch’s abuse of the city’s emergency notification system to increase turnout on Election Day.
Murphy, locked in a dead heat with Republican Linda McMahon, needs the grimy Bridgeport Guarantee. He got it from Finch on Friday while visiting small businesses in the poverty-wracked city. A laughing Finch boasts even if it takes a couples of days to get the results,”You can be guaranteed you’re going to get the vote.” Two years after the 2010 fiasco, it remains no laughing matter to the rest of Connecticut.
Murphy and Finch served together in Connecticut’s state Senate for four years.
Republican Linda McMahon, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, released her first television ad of the cycle. The 60-second ad will run statewide and features McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, telling her personal story. Watch the ad below:
On Tuesday, World Wrestling Entertainment sent a letter to the Senate campaign of Chris Shays asking the former Connecticut congressman to publicly apologize for alleging that WWE promotes bullying and violence. Shays contends that these practices reflect on his Republican primary Senate opponent, Linda McMahon, who co-founded WWE and was its CEO until 2009.
In a recent interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, former Connecticut congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Chris Shays criticized the business of his Republican primary opponent, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon. “Folks in Connecticut are not likely to elect someone whose business is violence, bullying, degradation of minorities and women,” Shays said. “That kind of marks her.”
Retiring Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent Democrat, did not rule out supporting his friend from across the aisle, former Republican congressman Chris Shays, in the Senate race to replace himself.
Republican Senate candidates in Texas, Indiana, and Connecticut are fighting back against primary opponents with new ads.
Incumbent senator Dick Lugar of Indiana, campaigning against Republican Richard Mourdock, has a new ad knocking his challenger as untrustworthy, and claiming the Indiana state treasurer received thousands in illegal tax deductions "for years." Watch the ad below:
In an increasingly contentious Connecticut Senate primary, Republicans Linda McMahon and Chris Shays are arguing that each is a better fiscal conservative than the other. In a new blog post, the McMahon campaign says Shays, a former congressman, has a similar record on spending and debt as the likely Democratic nominee, three-term congressman Chris Murphy.