Release: Chris Murphy Announces U.S. Senate Candidacy

January 20 2011 by Tim

January 20, 2011
Contact: Kristen Bossi, 860-461-6621

Chris Murphy Announces His Candidacy for the United States Senate
Will Celebrate Announcement with Local Supporters at Waverly Tavern Tonight

NEW BRITAIN - Today, Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5) is announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate. He released the following statement:

"I've decided to run for the United States Senate in 2012 because I believe that I can be a stronger voice for the issues that matter to Connecticut, like creating good jobs and ending these costly wars, in the Senate.

"This wasn't an easy decision for me. My heart is in the Fifth District, where Cathy and I are raising our son, and my top priority will continue to be doing this job that I love. I only take this step because I believe I can be an even stronger voice for change in the United States Senate.

"I'm thankful for all the encouragement I have received to take this step, from family, friends, and people across the state. What I've heard is that people feel that the Senate simply doesn't work anymore - it's become an unjustifiable barrier to positive change, and Connecticut needs a fresh, progressive voice there that will push for both policy and institutional reform. "

This morning, Murphy released a web video announcing his candidacy in an e-mail to supporters - watch Murphy's announcement at - and he unveiled a new Murphy for Senate website (

Murphy will be joined by a small group of local supporters at the Waverly Tavern at 5pm this evening. The media is invited to attend, but must RSVP to Kristen Bossi,, 860-461-6621. Murphy will briefly address the crowd, and will be available for short interviews.

WHAT: Murphy Celebrates Announcement for U.S. Senate with Local Supporters

WHO: Congressman Chris Murphy and local supporters

WHERE: Waverly Tavern
286 Maple Avenue, Cheshire

WHEN: Thursday, January 20 at 5pm