Campaign Notebook: Candidates’ Wealth Becomes Election Issue

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Fifth District

The awkwardness of having defeated Democratic nominee hopeful Chris Donovan still on the ballot in November is no longer an issue. The Working Families Party announced their support for Elizabeth Esty, who won the primary, and Donovan withdrew from the race, .

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) Courtney today Courtney applauded the completion and official opening of the new indoor small arms range at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in New London. Courtney helped secure $11 million to build the range.


Linda McMahon (R), a millionaire from her work at the WWE stands in stark contrast to her opponent Chris Murphy when it comes to wealth. Murphy has used the difference in wealth as an issue on the campaign trail, reports The Day.

Chris Murphy (D): U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3) and Murphy in Middletown to explain the importance of supporting the Affordable Care Act last week. They joined health care workers and Teresa Younger from the state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in explaining how the ACA has placed female health on par with that of men.

DeLauro concluded the panel by saying, "the issues that we talked about today are absolutely issues of life and death. There is nothing that is more important. You need to take that message and you need to drive that home."

Third District

Wayne Winsley (R) offers nine solutions on his campaign website to fix the nation’s problems. Among them include reducing taxes, improving education and strengthening national security.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) racked up some accolades from a bipartisan survey conducted by the Washingtonian Magazine. His Twitter account, which he updates himself, was named the second best in Congress. He was also named one of the three “rising stars” in Congress.

“It’s tough to get bipartisan agreement on much in Washington these days, so if my Twitter feed brings people together, I’m glad to hear it,” Himes said in a statement. “More importantly, I’m pleased folks are receptive to my efforts to reach across party lines to reduce the deficit and pass legislation that will help businesses grow and create jobs.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) has been campaigning throughout Fairfield County. His Facebook page has photos from stops in Stamford, Trumbull, Westport and the Homes for the Brave nonprofit organization in Bridgeport.

Daria Novak September 01, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Can anyone explain why doing well in life is no longer acceptable as the fulfillment of the American dream? What is wrong with this nation? People pick on others, especially politicians, for being successful. What kind of a horrific lesson is this for the next generation? VP Biden gave virtually nothing to charity in comparison to Linda McMahon (percentage of income-wise), but people pick on the wealthy as if it is a disease! We can be Christian in our charity & still achieve the American dream. This is a nation of exceptionalism, not mediocrity. This is the first time in our nation's history where the majority believe the next generation of Americans won't be better off than before. I refuse to give up on the American dream. That dream was never one of mediocrity, of a desire to be average among people of the world, to be socialist like the European states. The United States is the only nation formed on ideas... of personal freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is about a promise of opportunity, not guaranteed result as in a communist state. Ours is a land in which any citizen can move up from any station in life, on his or her own merits, to achieve all that is possible. That's a good thing! There's no requirement for us to approve of how others make (assuming it's legal) or spend money. We're free to run our lives as we so choose. We need to stop tearing down what is good in America and start celebrating our greatness and uniqueness among nations.
ted Aub September 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM
While you are accurate in your assessment in my opinion , I feel that this wealth subject becomes an issue because due to the lack of feeling of being a part of government ( which is a problem shared by the people and the government ) and the people feel that politicians are going to increase their wealth directly at the peoples expense. Success and wealth are not the issue here , nor is charitable behavior toward the needy . It is time for a healthy change back to what the Founding Fathers envisioned at the inception of this Country .
Mike Atkins September 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Dear Ted Aub, What do you mean "It is time for a healthy change back to what the Founding Fathers envisioned at the inception of this Country"?.
ted Aub September 03, 2012 at 01:50 AM
If it has to be explained you wouldn't understand


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