Campaign Notebook: Dems Use WWE Footage in Ad

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon (R): Connecticut Democrats used racy footage from the WWE where McMahon was once CEO to highlight the violence and sex sometimes featured by the wrestling company. The footage was made into an anti-McMahon ad which has since been taken down due to copyright infringement, reports The Huffington Post.

Chris Murphy (D): An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal says Democrats are “hopping mad” about McMahon’s campaign.

“Connecticut hasn't been at the top of the radar screen, as most politicos have been watching bigger swing states. But despite their indignation about Ms. McMahon's negative advertising, worried Democrats are now launching their own barrage. The Connecticut Mirror newspaper reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which hadn't originally budgeted money for the race, recently aired an ad attacking Ms. McMahon for her employment policies when she was CEO of the WWE.”

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) was among the politicians that marched in North Haven’s firefighters parade.

Wayne Winsley (R) shared a blog post from the website Libertarian Republican. According to the post, “[Winsley is] a conservative with a libertarian streak. One of his biggest issues, and one he's been hammering DeLauro on is her support for a Soda Pop Tax. He also boasts on his campaign site, support for ‘self-reliance,’ and ‘individual sovereignty.’"

Fourth District

The Republicans in the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would exempt military spending from mandatory budget cuts happening later this year. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes explained his reasoning for voting against the measure, reports The Hour. Steve Obsitnik, who is running against Himes, talked about his differing view.  

Fifth District

Both Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty describe themselves as pro-choice when it comes to abortion. The Hartford Courant takes a closer look at the candidates’ views on the issue. 

Christopher Schaefer September 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM
THIRD District: Rosa DeLauro & Wayne Winsley discuss ObamaCare [Be sure to see readers’ comments.]: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/whos_your_health_care_match/
cheryl September 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I can't believe the comments. WE LIVE IN A FREE MARKET SOCIETY. If some people like gov control of housing, energy, food, healthcare. there are countries that provide all of these entitlements-Greece, Spain, Italy, Venezeula, China Cuba-GO and leave America alone. No one is stopping you yet. But once the gov takes control of your lives, guess what? they WILL restrict travel . So go while you can.
John P. Flanagan September 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Enough is Enough! Over the past months, I have tried to ignore your rants which have no underpinning of fact. However, you have just gone beyond the patience of an old teacher on US History and Constitution. The United States of America is not now, (and since you like to shout) NOR HAS IT EVER BEEN, a Free Market Society!!! The Constitution was adopted in 1787. It was ratified by 11 States and took effect in March of 1789. The first revenue tariff, regulating imports and business, was adopted in 1789 to raise revenue and regulate trade. The second Tariff, on many more imports, to raise additional revenue and PROTECT U.S. businesses was passed & imposed 1790. Not much of a Free Market era was it? Don't want to believe it? Go do what you should have done in high school. Look it up somewhere besides a conspiracy theory blog! You just haven't done your homework! And, there hasn't been any comment of yours, in recent months or years, that indicated ever having done any!
cheryl September 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Stop yelling to get your point across. Free market as someone who risks their OWN $$ to open a business, runs that business, pays taxes, and is able to succeed or fail, but the risk is his OWN $$, as opposed to BAILOUTS WITH TAX PAYERS $$, or PPP, public private partnerships. Or to work for a person or company of your choice ( freedom) pay your taxes and pursue your own happiness. When the government intervenes it limit your freedoms, or they make it impossible for you to choose. As in GM who wants out of the grips of the gov but the gov says no, or the gov regulations put a strange hold on business as in the coal industry to that they make is unable to do business so they close 8 plants. I would personally like the choice. Freedoms and liberty all the way. Although, I must say for the past 100 yrs the progressives have been doing a good job in destroying both. Its up to us depending your views - either we save the America that we all know and love or we head down a path of uncertainty and unknown. That redistribution thing. All I know is I cannot come to your house and TAKE your property (you wouldn't like that very much) then why would you elect someone wants to do that?
John P. Flanagan September 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I only yell at those who yell. You do that quite often but don't seem to like it when it's returned in kind. Pity! But, you're young yet. You may get over it. At any rate, you've posted an excellent definition of capitalism with a bit of the entrepreneur; but, not free market system. And, while they can work quite well together, they are mutually exclusive. One's a way of making money and the other is a matter of government regulation. Again, you just haven't done your homework! But, let's see your other attempts to erroneously make your point. Bail out's by government. I guess you mean subsidies for oil corporations and farmers. Or perhaps you mean tax advantages for venture capital companies. How about treatment for investments by special taxes called capital gains. But, alleged "Free Marketers" never want to talk about the rest of us carrying those free loaders. Or maybe, you mean back during heyday for the Free Marketeers, who don't know what they're talking about, was at it's height. That's in the late 1800's to 1913. That's when the Republicans gave us the income tax. That's when the government marched troops into Homestead and Republic Steel and killed some folks to break strikes and ensure the "American Free Market". Maybe you'd rather go back to that a public/private partnership. I guess that term also refers to the 1.2 billion of public money to make Mitt's Olympics work. Oh! And, by the way, GM needs to pay off their loans first!
RPSmith September 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
You forgot to remind Cheryl about how well "free market" principles worked when the government deregulated the banking & insurance industry giving rise to rampant speculation (often referred to as derivatives), greed and an economic crisis not seen since the great depression. And yes, the tax payers did bailout the 1% that drove us over the cliff. Meanwhile those bankers and hedge fund managers are off sipping gin & tonics on the coast of the Caymans after they just add a few tax free millions to their off shore accounts At least the bailout of the Auto industry actually saved mom & pop jobs for the average joe and saved an industry that has been the back bone of American Manufacturing for a century. And as far as the greatest "socialist" president in American History, that is likely to be FDR who I believe served 4 terms, but I'm sure I'll be corrected if wrong
Christopher Schaefer September 21, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The GM bailout—which Rosa DeLauro voted for—cost taxpayers a $50 Billion payout plus $45 Billion in tax credits. Govt. purchase of GM vehicles rose 79% in June—to help pad GM’s quarterly report: a ruse supported by DeLauro. The Department of Energy gifted $2.7 Million of taxpayer money to GM to reduce energy consumption: an energy “savings” supported by DeLauro. Sounds like a rather expensive way to “save” a still-troubled company, if you ask me: http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/07/05/gm%E2%80%99s-government-sales-and-truck-inventory-rise This is the kind of massive govt. waste that needs to stop—(but that DeLauro promotes)—if we are to save Social Security and Medicare. Wayne Winsley is a “real” working-person’s kind of guy—the kind of person our country’s founders had in mind when they framed the Constitution—not a bought-by-the-highest-bidder, crony careerist politician—like Rosa DeLauro. http://easthaven.patch.com/blog_posts/the-delauro-factor-e5065dcd
John P. Flanagan September 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
LOL. Chris, must be the water in East Haven. You trot out a 501(c) tax exempt Republican advocacy group, which barely stays on the correct side of the IRS tax code, whose President is Pete Flahrety and Chairman is Kenny Boehm, as a source. Give it a rest! And try getting a decent source. For those reading, who don't know who these two are, the two gentlemen were co-chairmen of Citizens for Reagan. Rarely has either one found a Democrat they liked. And, neither has ever been above editing the text of documents to make the truth fit what they thought it ought to be. Also Chris, please note where the elephant has wandered. As far out to the right wing as these guys are, it's highly questionable if St. Ronnie of California or either of these guys woukd have been welcome at the recent Republican convention. Their all too centrist for the tea party wing, Grover, Rush or Sean!
cheryl September 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I'm not saying that one party is to blame. There are progressives in both parties. The "progressive income tax" was insituted by a progressive. Capital Gains tax which is now 15% is actually a double tax. Income which is invested is taxed per rate according to earnings then when invested it's taxed again at a lower rate, now at 15%. I don't know the complaint. Are you saying big gov is better,cuz of intervention thru regulations or dependency, or are you staying that small gov which individuals have the freedoms and liberties to pursue their own destiny is better. From your ranting and raving I can't get a feel for political stance. We are Americans and therefore we should stand by America's principles and values. If you want bigger gov. I also said there are countries that can provide that for you. GO. If not, stand by America. We have been going down the wrong path for so long, that we have forgotten what it is that makes America great. Its not BIG government. That's not why our ancestors came here for, that's what they ran away from. Its easy to spend other people's money, I see it in condo associations- theBOD wants something they assess and we pay. Same thing with gov. they want more and more there is no cap, no limit, and we pay. they also waste pouring good money after bad always. Amtrack, Post office, medicare, ss which they stole, medicaid. Always overspend and under perform. The private sector does it much better.
Christopher Schaefer September 21, 2012 at 09:16 PM
OK, John P. Flanagan, how about a more current assessment of the GM bailout disaster by the more liberal Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/15/auto-bailout-price-tag-rises-to-25-billion-how-high-will-it-go/ I already KNOW the water in D.C. must be bad: Rosa DeLauro has been living there for 22+ years. The water there obviously must be the cause of her utter incompetence.
Thomas Alegi September 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Mr. Flanagan, are you trying to say just because you are older than Cheryl and at some point in your life you were a teacher, for a brief period of time, compared to your other jobs, that Cheryl’s viewpoint is less meaningful than yours?
cheryl September 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM
just one thing=government has to TAKE, BORROW, OR PRINT to spend, they don't create profit. So when you say gov saved GM they first do one of those three things in order to spend on anything. BHO is now taking credit away from Gov John Kasich and claiming it was his policies that the state went from 8+ unemeployment to 7+. But in fact talk to the coal industry in Ohio. Not a good thing as all our energy cost will "necessarily skyrocket."
John P. Flanagan September 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Tom. I have no idea of Cheryl's age. I do know you and I are in the same bracket. And, I don't, necessarily disagree with some of her conclusions. Rather with how she got there and her lack of historic reality, and who's to blame, for how we've arrived where we are. I, also, might eliminate the word "just" from your statement. And, as an aside, I do hope you're a product of the Hamden School system. We've increased the school sytem bidget by 1/3 since 1999. That's $20,000,000 added. And I've seen no recent evidence that the current products of the evil governmental system, Cheryl fears so much, could glean even that much information from my statement. The "powers that be" have taken the system from the a once illustrious top 25 to the 130's in a field of 169. And, now they're assuring us that an additional grant of $882,000 per year will solve the problem. But, that's a discussion for another day. In a more proper answer to one of your habitual attempts to divert to the focus to fringe rather than the crux of the discussion, No!. I do so hate to confuse posters with reality and the facts. But, that's what I deal in. I'll rely on the facts, both historic and current, available to anyone who wishes to do the slightest bit of homework. That's rather than seeking articles and misinterpretations to support pre-conceived notions. But then, De Nile isn't merely a river in Egypt to those choosing to ignore the facts. Rather, it becomes a way of life.
Hansa Junchun September 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Why are you people arguing and sweating the small stuff when arch-fiends like the veteran incumbent Rosa DeLauro have sold our future to bankruptcy, corporate hegemony, and feudalistic slavery? Down with Incumbents! Out with the facilitators of America's destruction! And down with Rosa DeLauro most of all! Rosa's been in office 22 years. She has the WRONG kind of experience. In her case, Experience is a mark of a destroyer, a corporate lap dog, a servant of elite special interests of Washington and Wall Street. Let's see Rosa debate Wayne Winsley, face-to-face. She is proud of her record. Let's see her promote why she deserves another 2 years.... After 22 years of hardcore partisan extremism, Rosa has seen to the deindustrialization of America, the bankrupting of millions of people, the loss of half of the middle-class's wealth, the rise of GMO and hundreds of billions of dollars to global agro-corporations, her love affair with ethanol, which caused the spreading of Arab spring revolutions which has killed tens of thousands, "saving" GM at a cost of $50 billion, her appallingly evil banker bailout vote for TARP, her pointless stimulus vote, her "enrich tort lawyers" law known as the Ledbetter act, and on and on and on! A wave of destruction fueled by dirty corporate campaign cash, and its all Rosa's!
John P. Flanagan September 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Nice Rant! Now would you care to show specifics for any of your various and sundry charges or should I bring the balloon front and center so we can fill it? TARP was essemtail to keep the current system afloat. Whether that's good or bad is moot. it's already done. Now we may be able to modify it. Or not, there are considerable folks on both sides of the aisle who are very happy with the system as it is. If any of the ranters were really serious, they (including you Hansa). were really serious about getting control of spending, you'd be looking at repealing the 16th and downsizing completely. But, that would eliminate funding your pet programs. So I don't expect to hear anything more from you except another rant.
Thomas Alegi September 25, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Mr. Flanagan, in this forum called “Leave a comment”; everyone expresses their opinions and emotions as “rates” at times, have you forgotten John that you participate in this forum, willingly as we all do?
Thomas Alegi September 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM
"rates" = "rants" sorry for the above misspelling
John P. Flanagan September 25, 2012 at 01:02 AM
No. Have you? I responded to a comment which which I deemed a rant. You seem to be trying to appoint yourself a "politically correct" censor in residence. Sorry, you're not qualified! Over many, many years of political discussions and debates, I've found that those who have little substance to offer, and less knowledge, are the ones who, while hanging around the edges, attempt to question the tone of a paticipant's voice rather than address the issue. As far as that goes, If the shoe fits ... Don't like a comment that I leave because of the content, tone or tenor, Tom? Make response to the comment. Or, if you're not up to that, then simply ignore it!
Thomas Alegi September 25, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Mr. Flanagan I do not believe that anyone in this forum has appointed himself/herself a "politically correct" censor in residence, as you have suggested. John, if you read the judicious comments of others with less personal bias you would see that people in this forum are trying their best to understand why your writings have become so pretentious lately. Furthermore, John your writings over the years indicates that your subjective judgments of others are not always spot-on. John, this advice of yours is so meaningful and inspiring there is no need for further comment, “Make response to the comment. Or, if you're not up to that, then simply ignore it!”
Hansa Junchun September 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM
You're welcome! You must one of the asseting strippers who are looting the American middle class, hollowing out our childrens' future, and leaving a de-industrialized wasteland of hopelessness and abject poverty. Here's John in the near future: "Oh, but Congresswoman Rosa! My state pension needs a 400% annual rise to buy a loaf of bread. But the check bounced again. Please help me! I am a loyal servant!" TARP was a crime against humanity. Everyone who participated in it (all Congressmembers who voted for it, President Bush, and all bankers) must go to prison immediately! Let's face it, the people are getting exhausted by nonstop failures, and its high time to throw the wastrels out of office before Rosa's handed everything to the 1%. The people must ask themselves: "WHO was in office when our problems were created or made worse?" and "Why did she make things worse while claiming to make them better?" That's what an incumbent does! Its job protection! Its talking the talk to stay in office forever! But the people must know NOTHING will ever change if they allow the people who destroyed our country a chance "to fix things." DeLauro's not fixing anything. She is going to continue facilitating the stripping of all assets from the middle class until we're all one big happy dysfunctional third world family... under her strict guidance.


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