Campaign Notebook: Fact-Checking the Democratic Senate Debate

Daily news and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Democrats vying for the U.S. Senate nomination debated in Bridgeport on Sunday, and the Hartford Courant fact-checked the statements by Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz. Both the candidates appeared to be mistaken on some facts.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) advocated for increased spending in government’s public health agencies in order to ensure food safety. Recently, Cargill’s ground beef was recalled due to salmonella.

“The weaknesses in our food safety system have once again become abundantly clear.  These illnesses were in the first two weeks of June and yet this product is just now being recalled.  Our food safety system has to get the resources it needs to keep Americans from being sickened by bacteria like salmonella in the first place. 

Wayne Winsley (R) had a press conference in New Haven on Thursday to criticize Rosa DeLauro’s consideration of a federal soda tax.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): The incumbent recently relaunched his campaign website, http://www.himesforcongress.com. In other news, he named the 15th most beautiful member of Congress by The Hill. Himes did some modeling in college for clothing companies.

Steve Obsitnik (R): Local Republicans in Fairfield County gathered to support Obsitnik in Stamford on Wednesday, reports the Connecticut Post.

Fifth District

The Republican primary for the race is looming, and the CT Mirror reports that every candidate has an ad criticizing “Obamacare.” The list includes Andrew Roraback, Mark Greenberg, Justin Bernier and Lisa Wilson-Foley. 

Joe Courtney (D), likes the recent approval of the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill, which he helped pass in the House by a wide bipartisan margin of 326-90 on Friday. The annual defense spending bill includes important federal programs in the 2nd District , including ones in southeastern Connecticut’s defense industry and statewide defense programs. "“Not only does stable two-a-year submarine production provide an economic boost up and down eastern Connecticut’s supply chain and manufacturing base; it also reduces the long-term costs of production and solidifies our national defense,” Courtney said in a press release.

Paul Formica (R), will hold a meet and greet tomorrow during a barbecue with local politicans at Ackert Hall in Coventry. The event starts at 6 p.m.

DisgruntledInClinton July 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Honestly, I don't know how Courtney and DeLauro get re-elected over and over. They are tax and spend liberals (in her case, proud Communist) who vote in lockstep with Dingbat Pelosi.


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