It was not a good week to be near a bus.
Linda McMahon kicked things off by throwing Mitt under the bus for the derogatory comments he made about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no taxes.
"I disagree with Gov. Romney's insinuation that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care," McMahon said.
This forceful response was going over pretty well until WTNH, Channel 8, threw Linda under the bus by releasing a clip from a 2011 interview with Mark Davis in which she said: "I'd like to see everyone pay their fair share. Forty-seven percent of the people today don't pay any taxes, so let's have a fair tax code where everybody pays their taxes."
The timing of the purge was just coincidental, of course, because cooperation between Linda's campaign and the WWE would be illegal, and if the FEC thought otherwise it would throw both of them under the bus.
Next, the UConn/Courant poll came out, and although it showed Chris Murphy with a four-point lead, his status as the front-runner was thrown under the bus by the margin of error, which deemed the race dead even for statistical reasons my pretty little head can't begin to comprehend.
No sooner was Murphy out from under that bus than he was tossed under another. It seems Murphy paid his car taxes late between 1998 and 2005, and after he closed on his new house in 2005 was four months late in paying $1,890 in property taxes that weren't collected at the closing, for some reason.
Although these two revelations were portrayed as being negative, they probably solidify two large voting blocs for Murphy:
Those who hold off paying their car taxes until it is time to re-register the car (thank God I'm not running for office), and those who have no idea what's in the stack of documents they mindlessly sign at their closing. (While all taxes were paid at my recent closing, there is a possibility I may owe someone an organ).
The larger question here, of course, is: Will Connecticut send a man to the U.S. Senate who pays his car taxes late?
Anyway, in late-breaking bus-tossing news:
Linda announced she will now repay the 26 people she threw under the bus 35 years ago when she and her husband, Vince, declared bankruptcy and walked away owing almost $1 million.
Previously, McMahon had insisted that documents from the bankruptcy did not exist, but this week a reporter from the New London Day was able to find a partial copy of the filing, including the names of those who had been stiffed.
Not that I want to throw a gift horse under the bus, here, but this makes you wonder how hard McMahon looked. I mean, maybe if her people spent less time digging into Murphy's 7-year-old rent history …
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