Murphy for Senate

Connecticut is in the midst of one of the hottest Senate races in the country, with poll after poll showing the race will come down to the wire. But the choice in this race should be a simple one. Democrat Chris Murphy has earned the chance to represent our state. He is not in this race for his ego. He is in it for us.

As a senator, Mr. Murphy will team with Sen. Richard Blumenthal to fight for the issues that are important to us. Mr. Murphy’s plan of targeted tax cuts for the middle class, investment in infrastructure and education, developing an energy policy not based solely on drilling, and working to strengthen American manufacturing will create jobs in Connecticut and continue our economic recovery. And despite what you’ve seen in endless negative ads, he is a man of character and integrity, with six years of bipartisan experience in Washington.

 

Mr. Murphy has been constantly disrespected as a “career politician,” when in fact what he’s been is a public servant. Through his time in the state legislature and then three terms in Congress, Mr. Murphy has shown he knows how to be a legislator, working across the aisle for the greater good. He will bring common sense solutions to areas like Medicare and Social Security, advocate for the kind of foreign policy that protects America and its allies but doesn’t push us into needless wars, and remember always that cutting government programs for the poor, veterans and seniors to pay for more tax cuts for the very wealthy is no way to run a country.

Republican Linda McMahon is from Greenwich, and she has close friendships with many of the Republicans in our town who have earned our respect and support. But Ms. McMahon has done nothing in this campaign to show she deserves such support or the support of undecided voters.

For all the hype around “Linda’s plan,” the simple fact is that Ms. McMahon has run a largely issue-free campaign. Setting aside her slickly produced literature, she has avoided discussing specifics at every opportunity, leaving us wondering where her cuts in government spending would come from, how her tax cuts would be applied and just what she would vote to do with Social Security and Medicare. Saying what she supports is one thing, but getting into the actual specifics, which is what being a legislator is all about, is something else.

Ms. McMahon has methodically avoided answering the big questions about her positions from the media, including this newspaper. It’s her prerogative to do so and she doesn’t have to change her views in order to share them. But she owes the voters some specifics. Avoiding scrutiny does not speak well to what she would do during a six-year term in Washington.

Instead of talking about the specifics of her positions, Ms. McMahon has chosen to run an ugly negative campaign, spending blindly to attack Mr. Murphy’s character while hoping to drive his negatives up to approach her own. She’s chosen to bring Mr. Murphy down to her level. Sadly, polling has shown this tactic works, but it’s a campaign Connecticut should reject. Simply put, she should be ashamed.

We still don’t know where she stands on vital foreign policy issues. On the issue of reproductive choice, looking at the camera and saying, “I’m a woman” simply is not going to cut it. Ms. McMahon may claim to be pro-choice, but she would join a Republican caucus committed to defunding Planned Parenthood and ending the protections of Roe v. Wade. Where would she vote on Supreme Court justices who would rule on protecting choice? She says she doesn’t believe in litmus tests and on that issue, it’s the wrong answer.

Mr. Murphy has an impressive record and we believe he will continue that in the Senate. On women’s health, the economy, jobs, and many other issues critical to our lives, Mr. Murphy has a proven track record. The choice is clear. Chris Murphy has shown us where he stands. And he deserves the support of the voters on Nov. 6.

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