By CHRISTOPHER KEATING
The Hartford Courant
1:33 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
Sen. Edith Prague is one of the most outspoken supporters of Democratic political candidates, but she says that she is concerned about the campaign of her former state Senate colleague, Chris Murphy.
Prague is strongly supporting Murphy in the bare-knuckle battle against Republican Linda McMahon for the U.S. Senate in an increasingly nasty race that is featuring a blitz of negative campaign commercials. McMahon is sparing no expense as she broadcasts commercials across the spectrum on high-profile programs, including Greta van Susteren’s show on the Fox News Channel, ”Squawk Box” on CNBC, and ABC’s “Nightline.”
“I’m worried about Chris Murphy,” Prague told Capitol Watch. “I don’t see Chris anywhere, and that worries me. He’s a much better candidate than she is. She even came to Willimantic, and she was walking the streets and going into stores and shaking hands. She went to the Peach Festival in Manchester, and Chris was nowhere to be seen. He has just got to get out because he has a lot to offer.”
Prague added, “They were all at the [Democratic] convention, but the convention was only a week. Go to the fairs. Go on the street and meet people. Hurry up. The election is coming.”
Known as an outspoken liberal, Prague had nothing positive to say about McMahon.
“Why doesn’t she set up a big scholarship and send all these kids to college instead of throwing it all away on television ads?” Prague asked.
She added, “It’s her money. She can spend it the way she wants.”
Regarding Murphy, Prague said, “I want him to win. I trust him. He’s smart. He comes with knowledge and experience – and she comes with a lot of money. We don’t need another Republican in the Senate. We need that balance in Washington.”
Taylor Lavender, a spokesman for Murphy, said that he has spent the past five days in Washington, D.C. for his fulltime job as a U.S. representative from the 5th Congressional District.
Murphy attended the Labor Day parade in Newtown on September 3, spent about 24 hours at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and attended the Crocodile Club political luncheon at Lake Compounce on Friday, September 7. He attended the Hebron Fair and then held a kickoff for “Students for Murphy” on the Yale University campus on September 8.
“He’s always running around, nonstop,” Lavender said Friday. ”He’s always out and about. It’s difficult because he’s only one person, and he has a job. He has to fundraise. He can’t self-fund like Linda McMahon. She doesn’t have a fulltime job. It’s hard to compare what she’s doing compared to what Chris is able to do.’’
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