Show Me The Money
Nancy Johnson has been in Washington for 24 long years. It's time for a change in Connecticut's Fifth District.
When Nancy Johnson had the opportunity to stand up and discuss this incredibly important national security report with her colleagues, she voted for silence. This report should have been a wake up call to Nancy Johnson. But instead of asking questions, she continues to blindly support the President’s war in Iraq rather than the security of the people of Connecticut. The NIE proves what many Americans have suspected for years: our involvement in Iraq is making us less safe at home. Yet Nancy Johnson doesn’t want to talk about her party’s record on the war in Iraq, as evidenced by her vote just yesterday to deny any debate of the intelligence report. Her unwavering support of President Bush and this mismanaged war shows just how out of touch she is with the people of the Fifth District.Help keep this ad on air by making a contribution to Chris Murphy! The FEC contribution deadline is this Saturday!
It’s all about the shoe leather, at least for now. Christopher S. Murphy has launched a ground offensive to take on Nancy L. Johnson’s air war in the fight for the 5th District.
“I think we’ll be able to match Nancy Johnson on the airwaves, but we’ll beat her on the ground,” Murphy said last month at a fundraiser. “Most congressional campaigns aren’t run with the candidates spending time every day knocking on doors.” Murphy is no stranger to waging a ground war, and he knows its potential to impact a race.
He knocked on every door in Southington’s 81st Assembly District twice in 1998, when he defeated 14-year incumbent Angelo Fusco.
“I started out to do it a third time, and found that I was losing votes,” Murphy said. “People said, ‘Go away and I’ll vote for you.’” Two years before that, Murphy had managed Charlotte Koskoff’s campaign against Johnson when Koskoff came within 1,600 votes of beating her. Koskoff didn’t air a single TV commercial, but relied on grassroots organizing and constant campaigning in the district.
Murphy knows he’s an underdog, and that people have been pulling levers for Johnson for more than two decades, a sentiment he brings with him when he goes door to door.
“Hi, I’m Chris Murphy, and I’m running against Nancy Johnson,” he tells a woman on Higby Drive in Meriden. “It’s nothing personal against Ms. Johnson, but we desperately need change in Washington right now.” “I’m for change,” the woman says, and takes a flier from Murphy.
On a 41-day tour to knock on doors in each of the 41 towns in the district, Murphy’s campaign said it picked the Higby Drive area because it is close to the highway.
“I don’t have the millions of bucks that Johnson does, so I’m doing this the old fashioned way,” Murphy tells Shelly Backus of South Meadow Lane.
Backus says she is still deciding which candidate to support, but her husband Randy is favoring Murphy “both because he’s a Democrat, and because I don’t like some of Johnson’s advertising and information.”
Over 2500 American soldiers killed in IraqThis war has been incredibly mismanaged, yet Nancy Johnson and the Republican Congress have not so much as questioned Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. Nancy Johnson even said a few weeks ago that she does not think Donald Rumsfeld should resign. Whatever the Bush administration has asked for, Nancy Johnson has not hesitated to provide. We are stuck in Iraq because Congress failed to oversee and question this administration. While the death toll continues to rise in Iraq, Nancy Johnson refuses to ask any questions of the administration. Perhaps she fears by questioning the war she will appear "weak" on national security. As Bill Clinton so eloquently said in his 2004 convention speech, however, "Strength and wisdom are not opposing values."
More than 20,000 soldiers wounded
More than 40,000 innocent Iraqi civilians killed
Over $300 billion spent
Further instability in the Middle East
President Bush knows his friends in Congress, including Nancy Johnson, are in trouble, so he says he is waiting until after the November election to take another crack at dismantling Social Security by privatizing the program. Nancy Johnson must be relieved to learn that she won't have to carry the President's water on privatizing Social Security before the election, as she has on so many other issues recently. Nancy Johnson has made it clear she supports President Bush's goal to privatize Social Security. The President's remarks make it clear a vote for Nancy Johnson is a vote to privatize Social Security in January. The push for "private accounts" is the first stage in the wholesale privatization of Social Security, and Nancy Johnson has fallen in lock step with President Bush and the rest of the Republican Congress on this issue, as she has on so many others. When I get to Congress, I will fight the President's plans to privatize Social Security. We cannot gamble with our seniors' futures.
The Johnson campaign has been curiously quiet in the past month, not even responding to my request to schedule a series of issue-specific debates. When I am traveling the District, I hear time and again that people do not think that Washington is doing anything to solve the problems they are facing. With only nine weeks until the election, I want to give people in the Fifth District the opportunity to hear from me and from Nancy Johnson where we stand on the issues facing middle class families here in Connecticut. During her month off from work in Washington, I would have thought that Nancy Johnson would have been hearing the same cry for debate that I have been hearing as I go door-to-door and go to community events. With only nine weeks until the election, I will continue to tell voters where I stand on issues important to them. Nancy Johnson appears unwilling to do so.
On August 8, Connecticut Democrats voted for change in Washington.
The Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate carries with it a special responsibility. We are electing a coalition for change, and our organization will work in concert with Connecticut candidates promoting a message of progress at home, and abroad.
In Connecticut ’s 5th Congressional District, Democrat Chris Murphy is running against rubber-stamp Republican Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who has been part of the problem in Washington for 24 years.
We’ve built a sizable online community over the past six months, and today we are asking you to support our campaign, and our Party, by helping Chris Murphy. Can you make a $20, $50, or $100 contribution to his campaign today?
Republican Nancy Johnson and Lieberman Party candidate Joe Lieberman have a lot in common these days.
They share a “stay the course” message on the war in Iraq . Their support for the Bush/Cheney Energy Policy and campaign contributions from those who profit from high gas prices have Americans paying the price at the pump. And they are both funding massive GOTV operations aimed at driving Republicans to the polls.
But our Democratic coalition for change will prevail because of the strength of our grassroots and netroots support. Can you help send Chris to Congress with Ned Lamont by making a contribution today?
Fifteen seats. That’s all we need to get a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives eager to ask President Bush the tough questions on foreign and domestic policy—one that will serve as a check on the last two years of the Bush-Cheney Administration.
Chris Murphy’s campaign is poised to be one of those fifteen seats that the Democratic Party can pick up this year. He is a rising star, and it will be an honor to work hand in hand with him next year, bringing much needed change to Washington , D.C.
I’m sure Chris never thought he’d have to run against Joe Lieberman’s GOP-GOTV operation. But just like we’ll defeat Senator Lieberman again in November, with your support, we’ll help elect Chris Murphy as well. Can we count on you to help him out with your contribution today?
Rock the boat,
Volatility is the rule in these finals two months as campaigns often yo-yo from neck and neck to non-competitive in the blink of an eye. That volatility led to the addition of several races to this month's Line -- most notably Indiana's 2nd district, which has emerged as one of Democrats' best chances for a pickup, and Connecticut's 5th district, where both public and private polling show Rep. Nancy Johnson in for her toughest race in more than a decade.
15. Connecticut's 5th District: Given her demonstrated fundraising ability ($2.6 million on hand at the end of June) and her longevity in Congress (24 years), Nancy Johnson (R) isn't an obvious target. But, Republican insiders say that MoveOn.org's "red handed" commercials that ran earlier this cycle did damage to Johnson's image. Plus, state Sen. Chris Murphy (D) is running an extremely active campaign with $1 million in the bank. The district is extremely competitive (Kerry won it by 1,100 votes in 2004) and if voters are looking for a fresh face Johnson could be in trouble. (Previous ranking: N/A)