Campaign Notebook: McMahon Files Ethics Complaint Against Murphy

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Linda McMahon’s campaign filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, alleging that Chris Murphy received an overly generous home mortgage from Webster Bank. Both Murphy and the bank deny the accusations.

Politico reports that the impact of the complaint will be limited since the Office of Congressional is prohibited from acting on cases in the 60 days before an election.

Politico wrote, “the practical impact of McMahon’s complaint to the OCE is likely to be some bad headlines for Murphy rather than any significant legal problems.”

The full complaint was posted on Linda McMahon’s campaign website.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): In an email to supporters, Himes detailed his exploits at an oyster-eating contest at Norwalk’s Oyster Festival. He didn’t win the competition, but he reflected on the importance of the Long Island Sound and the jobs that rely on the estuary.

“As your Representative, I know how important those jobs are, and when I spend a day at the beach with my family or go clamming in the tidal waters, it makes it crystal clear to me that we must be vigilant protecting the Sound,” Himes said. “Real environmental stewardship provides a greater quality of life for all of us. It also protects an historic and important industry in our part of the country.”

Steve Obsitnik (R): The was a downer, with slow economic growth and high unemployment. Obsitnik released a statement criticizing Democrats for the 43rd consecutive month with unemployment higher than 8 percent.

"Jim Himes and the Democrats gaveled open their convention as our nation’s debt topped $16 trillion and came to a close as we hit the 43rd straight month of unemployment above 8 percent," Obsitnik said. "Our nation’s chronically high unemployment, skyrocketing debt and anemic economic growth must be reversed.” 


[Editor’s Note: 4th Congressional District towns include Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton (part), Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.]

Denise September 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Linda McMahon should stop worrying about the other guy and start showing us what she can do.
Nicolette P. September 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Linda McMahon's accusations of ethical violations against Chris Murphy are a deliberate pack of lies. She filed the complaint knowing full well the OCE could not address the charges within 60 days of the election, so it would be hanging over his head until after the vote. There was no "deal" on his mortgage. Chris walked into his local Webster Bank and got his mortgage just like anyone else. The Hartford Courant investigated the charges and found there was no truth to the story. Webster Bank has cleared the facts. When Chris and his wife, Cathy, merged their finances, they inadvertently missed mortgage. As soon as they discovered it, they paid them. CT Bank & Trust foreclosed on McMahon for defaulting on her mortgage but, instead of paying her debts, she filed for bankruptcy and walked away from her responsibility and still hasn't paid, despite having gained many millions of dollars since. She is a hypocrite and a liar and totally unqualified for any legislative or governmental office.


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