Campaign Notebook: Boisterous Crowd at Senate Debate

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


The third debate between Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon was a wild one due to a raucous crowd. According to the Connecticut Mirror, the crowd, “asserted itself with repeated interruptions of Murphy that ranged from derisive laughter to boos to one woman's shout for him to simply ‘shut up.’"

After the third of four debates came to an end, Murphy accused McMahon of bringing in supporters, “to shout me down off the stage because she’s afraid of debating the issues,” reports the Associated Press.

The debate ended suddenly for television viewers when Linda McMahon (R) had her closing remarks cut off. A post on her Facebook page saying the statement should be aired on the 11 p.m. news received 2,400 “likes” from supporters. WTNH apologized for ending the debate short and said the full debate can be viewed on its website.

Fourth District

Jim Himes made a campaign stop in Monroe and said he is “feeling optimistic,” reports Patch. Himes criticized opponent Steve Obsitnik for not being, “clear on Medicare vouchers and he refuses to say whether he supports the Republican budget.”

Obsitnik’s campaign responded that Himes is “pushing this narrative” that’s untrue.

“They must not be listening, because Steve has been pretty specific about what he wants to do as far as preserving and protecting Medicare, to reduce and balance the budget and to simplify the tax code," said Amanda Bergen, spokesperson for Obsitnik’s campaign.


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