Will a Jodi Rell look-alike fool Connecticut voters?


I received an email from one of my favorite folks, Donna Brazile that really got me thinking. Here’s what she said:

When it comes to women’s rights, I have just about had it with Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the Republican Party.

Let’s get this straight: Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, was a co-sponsor of a bill that would narrow the definition of rape. After Republican leadership tried, and failed, to force Rep. Todd Akin out of his Senate race, in part for his extreme views on abortion in cases of rape, the Republican Party is ratifying an official platform that follows Akin’s policy lead and supports a constitutional ban on abortions — even in cases of incest and rape.

They really do want to roll back women’s rights — and it’s up to us to stop them.

If Republicans win in November, you better believe that they’re going to try to steamroll their agenda through Congress — and we have to take them at their word that they won’t rest until they’ve outlawed a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.

Donna Brazile is right. In Connecticut, we’re going to send President Obama back to the White House for four more years so that he can continue the good works he’s been doing. As for the open Senate seat here, we need to all get behind the person who will support the President in his efforts and that’s Congressman Chris Murphy.

We’re voting for President Obama because he will strengthen and support women’s rights, he has a jobs plan that will put thousands of workers like firefighters, teachers, police and a host of construction workers and veterans back on the job. The Romney-Ryan plan wants to cut jobs even deeper for these workers. So who do you think would go to the U.S. Senate and make sure the President’s jobs bill gets passed? Chris Murphy will.

Isn’t there something familiar about Linda McMahon’s appearance since she began running for office? The haircut and style and the style of clothing is quite familiar to every household in Connecticut. It’s former Connecticut governor Jodi Rell that Linda McMahon now looks like.

Changing one’s appearance will not change this state’s economy. Forget the Jodi Rell look, most likely intended to court Independent voters. The question we should be asking in Connecticut is what policies and plans will Linda McMahon vote for if she were in the U.S. Senate. Would McMahon vote yes on the President’s Jobs Act or would she vote yes for the extreme Paul Ryan budget? Would McMahon vote yes on preserving and strengthening Social Security or would she vote yes in support of the Ryan voucher and privatization plan? McMahon made her position clear when President Obama came to Connecticut at the beginning of the month. If there were any supporters outside of the event venue from the Romney-Ryan campaign, they were drowned out by the jeers and shouts from the McMahon camp.

At the CEPAC convention earlier this year, Grover Norquist made it clear what the new GOP strategy was, part of which is a Tea Party dominated House and Senate so that they can sail their radical ideology through both houses, leaving the President even less ability to create change.

Once again, Connecticut has several key roles to play in the general election; one of which is to send the right person to the Senate who will embrace the kind of policies that will put all Americans back to work and so much more. We know who to send to support us and the President, and that’s Congressman Chris Murphy.

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