Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

The hip campaign strategy: Penning letters of outrage to TV stations about ads.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy’s campaign did it during the U.S. Senate primary with Susan Bysiewicz. Republican Andrew Roraback’s campaign pulled a similar move in his heated race in the 5th Congressional District against Democrat Liz Esty. And today Republican Steve Obsitnik adopted the same strategy as he seeks to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim […] [Read More]
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What’s more humbling than losing a primary? Asking for help paying your debt.

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Retiring state House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, who was unable to salvage his congressional bid in the wake of a federal influence-peddling probe, has been pretty quiet after losing the 5th District August 14 primary to Elizabeth Esty. But today Donovan emerged from political seclusion in the form of an email to supporters asking them […] [Read More]
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WWE: New Blu-ray of era Linda wants voters to ignore will be PG

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World Wrestling Entertainment’s “attitude era” has gotten plenty of unwanted attention since Linda McMahon, whose family owns the Stamford-based wrestling empire, became interested in politics. McMahon has run on her experience as a “job creator” and used her wrestling fortune to fund her campaigns. Although WWE programming is today family-friendly and rated either PG or […] [Read More]
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McMahon’s gig at Women’s Expo creates controversy

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Here’s a recipe for political controversy: Take the well-attended Women’s Expo this weekend in Hartford, give Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon a much higher profile role than Democratic opponent Chris Murphy, and mix in the fact the women’s vote helped sink McMahon’s 2010 campaign and that she has been actively cultivating that group of […] [Read More]
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Sign of a well-funded campaign? Brochures aimed at counties.

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The latest mailing from Linda McMahon to hit my Fairfield County mailbox. McMahon, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, is, as was the case during her first run in 2010, mostly self-funding her 2012 campaign with the family’s professional wrestling fortune. No expense is being spared on mailings. Trust my mailbox, which is getting a steady […] [Read More]
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The man behind McMahon’s second campaign

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Hartford Courant reporter Daniela Altimari gives Connecticut residents a glimpse at the 31-year-old whose decisions are driving much of Connecticut’s political discourse these days and driving Democrats coocoo craaaaaaaaazy – Corry Bliss, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s campaign manager. It’s worth reading just for the part where a spokesman for the McMahon campaign, which […] [Read More]
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State Dems mark 3rd anniversary of Linda’s campaign for U.S. Senate

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Republican Linda McMahon scoffs at “career politicians” but today state Democrats want to remind voters she’s turned into a professional candidate. Connecticut Democrats are commemorating McMahon’s decision three years ago to resign from her executive position with the family’s World Wrestling Entertainment company to run for a U.S. Senate seat. She lost that first 2010 […] [Read More]
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If it ain’t broke?… Dems recycle anti-McMahon slogan from 2010

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Perhaps because the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wasn’t expecting a close race in blue Connecticut, the group’s first ad attacking Republican Linda McMahon recycles the slogan Democrats used against the self-funded professional wrestling maven in 2010: “Profits before people.” Try to envision how that discussion went… DSCC Strategist 1: “Oh crud. You see these Quinnipiac […] [Read More]
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