CWA President Bill Henderson took a moment to explain why he's on Team Murphy and discuss how fired up the union is to help elect Chris to the U.S. Senate.
CWA President Bill Henderson took a moment to explain why he's on Team Murphy and discuss how fired up the union is to help elect Chris to the U.S. Senate.
At the last fundraising deadline, we shared a map highlighting the volume of individual contributors to our campaign since its launch in January.
Every pin on the map represented a unique individual with their own personal reason for contributing to Chris Murphy's campaign.
Some cite Chris's "Buy American" work to create good jobs at home, others appreciate his consistent voice and vote to end the wars abroad. Opposing the Patriot Act, standing up for transparency on the Supreme Court and his recent fight against religious discrimination are a few others.
But there was one pin missing in your town ...
The final fundraising deadline of the year comes to a close next week. Make a contribution of $10 right now and add your name to the map:
When you contribute, make sure to share the reason you stepped up to invest in the campaign.
We'll release a new map and highlight a few of the reasons people gave on our website when we announce the results from this fundraising quarter.
Thanks for everything you do.
Campaign Manager, Team Murphy
Here's the link from Current TV last night:
Sign the letter to Lowe's.
Last week, Lowe's Home Improvement, a Fortune 100 company, pulled its ads from the new cable reality show, All-American Muslim, under pressure from a radical anti-Muslim group that claims the show unfairly portrays American Muslims in a favorable light. The group, based in Florida, says that Muslim-Americans' true aim is to destroy America, and any show that ignores this fact should be forced off the air.
This is outlandish bigotry, pure and simple. But it builds on a growing anti-Muslim bias that simmers just below the surface of public acceptability. And Lowe's, by pulling their ads from a perfectly benign show about Muslim-Americans, elevates and endorses this strengthening prejudice.
So I decided to do something about it. Yesterday morning, I went to the floor of the House of Representatives to call out Lowe's association with base bigotry. Then I spent the rest of the day collecting signatures of Members of Congress to a letter calling on Lowe's to reconsider their decision to pull their ads.
Join me and send a letter to Lowe's sharing your thoughts about their decision to pull their ads from All-American Muslim.
On the floor, one Member of Congress, asked me, "What's the politics of this, for you?"
"I have absolutely no idea," I said proudly. "And I don't care."
Sometimes right is right. Simple as that.
Click the link below and write a letter to Lowe's letting them know how you feel.
I've made my voice count on this issue. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, and I just cannot stand by silent as a major American company endorses this kind of bigotry against a major American religious group.
Now, I need you to join me.
Every best wish,
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When we received the Connecticut Fire Fighters endorsement, supporters found out about it via a mobile alert on their cell phones.
When a Daily Kos/SEIU poll came out showing our campaign had the highest approval ratings of any Democratic candidate and was in the best position to defeat all potential Republican rivals next November, we shared the news first via text message.
Signing up to receive text messages from our campaign is one the best ways to stay in touch with what Chris is up to on the trail.
There are two ways to do it:
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As we move into the next phase of the campaign, we'll use text messaging to provide you with meaningful opportunities to participate in addition to sharing breaking news.
You can also rest easy knowing we'll never abuse the privilege of being able to send you messages directly to your cell phone. Only the most important alerts from the campaign will find their way to you.
Our grassroots fundraising program is one of the most important responsibilities you can accept as part of Team Murphy.
Creating your page and recruiting new, first-time small dollar contributors to the campaign is our best chance to fight back against McMahon's millions.
So far, dozens of people have signed up as grassroots fundraisers pledging to raise an average of just over $350 each. As those numbers grow, you can begin to see the potential power of the program.
To get started, create your page right here:
Our grassroots fundraising program allows you to set a goal and reach it at your own pace.
Create your page today.
I just wanted to write a quick note about the great day I had yesterday in southeastern Connecticut with my good friend and colleague Representative Joe Courtney.
As I build this campaign for Senate, I'm placing a emphasis on getting to know the people, businesses, and priorities of eastern Connecticut. I'm honored to have Joe Courtney's support in this race, and I'm leaning on him to show me the ropes east of the river so that if I'm lucky enough to become Connecticut's Senator, I can hit the ground running.
Yesterday, Joe and I made three stops in southeast Connecticut. We spent the morning at the Groton Sub Base, meeting with the base's leadership and discussing strategy to keep the base in Groton for the long term. We saw the amazing work happening at the submarine school, toured the USS Pittsburgh as it readied to head out to sea after Christmas, and had a long lunch with Admiral Brekenridge where we discussed the importance of maintaining a strong submarine fleet in the military arsenal.
From Groton we travelled to Pawcatuck for a tour of Davis-Standard, one of the region's leading manufacturers. Like the 5th District, manufacturing is a critical part of the economy of eastern Connecticut. As we walked through the factory and chatted with some of the 350+ employees, I heard a familiar refraign - energy costs are too high, and foreign competition in increasing. But Davis-Standard is still doing well, and Joe and I committed to do everything we could to keep them growing.
Our last stop was another great southeastern Connecticut small business - the Cottrell Brewery. Since 1996, Cottrell has been brewing Old Yankee Ale and four newer microbrews. Their sales are increasing, and the small, dedicated staff are eager to join with other Connecticut breweries to market our state's growing array of craft beers. Over a few samples, we talked a little local football as I became acquainted with the passionate local Thanksgiving rivalry of Stonington-Westerly.
This wasn't my first trip through eastern Connecticut, and it certainly won't be my last. As a lifelong Connecticut resident, I know a lot about every region of the state, but there's no better guide in eastern Connecticut than Joe Courtney. We had a great day yesterday, and it just whetted my appetite to come back for more.
If you have any ideas of places for me to stop by in your neck of the woods, please shoot me an email at email@example.com.
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and keep in touch.
My name is Sean Scanlon and I am the Field Director here on Team Murphy. As we head into the new year, we're looking for interns to join our growing grassroots effort next spring and summer to elect Chris Murphy the next United States Senator from Connecticut.
This is an exciting time to get involved in a campaign. While the election may seem far away, the first steps of the process are right around the corner. In May, Democrats from all over Connecticut will gather at the Democratic Convention in Hartford to select the party's official nominee. Interns joining Team Murphy for the spring semester will play a pivotal role in helping to organize our convention efforts so that we can make sure Chris is the endorsed candidate of the Connecticut Democratic Primary.
However, the convention is just the first step of the process. Next August, Connecticut Democrats will likely go to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary for Senate. Interns joining Team Murphy for the summer will get hands-on organizing experience helping our field team spread the word about Chris and Get Out The Vote (GOTV).
If you're looking for a fast-paced, hands-on internship on a surging grassroots campaign for U.S. Senate, please take a moment and fill out some information at the link below and then upload a copy of your resume and cover letter. Once we have received your information, we'll be in touch shortly.
Thank you in advance for your interest in joining Team Murphy and I look forward to working with you next year!
Cathy, Owen, and I are thrilled to welcome to the world Rider James Murphy (Rider is old family name on the Murphy side). Born on 11/11/11, he checked in at 7 lb, 7 oz - pretty big for arriving almost a month early. Owen is excited, and has already said he'll share his fire trucks (but his trains are off limits).
Here's video of Chris speaking at the Take Back the American Dream Conference earlier this month.
Chris was on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night talking about his Supreme Court Transparency legislation. Here's the video:
We're proud to announce that the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 478 have joined Team Murphy.
"Local 478 is pleased to be able to support candidates like you who work hard protecting the foundation on which middle class America is built. Your commitment to re-building our nation's infrastructure combined with your steadfastness to protecting those programs that take care of the most vulnerable members of our society, the very young and the very old, is matched by few of your peers in Congress. You have a proven track record of looking out for the interest of Connecticut's working class families and for that we are greatly appreciative."
You can read the full endorsement here.
A message that just went out the Team Murphy email list of supporters from campaign manager, Kenny Curran.
It looks like Linda McMahon's entry into the 2012 Senate race is right around the corner.
Connecticut Post: "McMahon jockeys behind the scenes in build-up to Senate bid"
Westport-News: "McMahon close to launching another Senate bid"
So here we go ...
The good news is that every poll of our race shows Chris is the best candidate to take on McMahon's millions: a Daily Kos/SEIU poll showed us leading 54-36 and a poll done by Republican Frank Luntz shows a similar 52-36 spread.
But as McMahon readies to enter the race, we've got to send her a clear message that we're going to be able to fight back against her slash-and-burn campaign tactics.
Between now and the time McMahon announces her candidacy - perhaps in a few weeks - we've set a goal of raising $10,000 from 300 individual contributors online.
Can we count on your contribution right now?
News reports indicate McMahon has tapped an out-of-state campaign manager to lead the charge, a notorious Tea Party favorite to play a prominent strategic role in her effort, and a veteran GOP consultant who was the chief advisor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth!
Can you contribute $10, $20, $50 or more today to help us hit our goal of 300 individual contributions by the time she jumps in?
I'll be in touch over the next few weeks with more specific information about other ways we can continue building a winning effort.
For now, lets just say that the race just got a lot more interesting.
All the best,
Campaign Manager, Murphy for Senate
On August 22, Chris will participate in a "Back to School Supply Drive" to benefit Pathways/Senderos. Join him and get involved by donating school & Hygiene supplies before the game!
Here are the details:
What: COYC School Supply Drive (donations will go to Pathways-Senderos)
Date: August 22, 2011
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Rock Cats Stadium, 230 John Karbonic Way New Britain, CT 06051
Here's the Rock Cats schedule to get tickets to the game (link). And here's the Rock Cats homepage to get more information about the home team.
As I am sure you know, the House just voted to increase the debt limit. I voted against the bill.
I heard from many of you throughout this debate. The phones were ringing off the hook and emails flooded my inbox. In the end, what I heard from people across the state was that we needed to raise the debt ceiling, while making sure that any related deficit reduction was done in a way that shared the pain, protected our social safety net, and helped put people back to work.
Abby from Middlebury sent these thoughts:
"Please focus on extending the debt so we do not default AND protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security not only for the elderly today but for future generations. Don't let the Republicans eviscerate the social safety net!!!"
Tonight, I wanted to take a moment and share why I voted the way I did, and to ask for your thoughts.
First, there is no question that the debt limit needs to be increased. And there is no question that we need to make hard choices to dramatically bring down our deficit. But this crisis was totally manufactured by a small group of extreme right wingers who are intent not on simply reducing government spending, but on destroying government altogether. And the bill that resulted was rightly described by most political commentators as a victory for their cause.
I was willing to vote for a compromise. But this was not a compromise, it was a near complete capitulation.
Look, I work hard to promote bi-partisanship and cooperation across the aisle. I lead a group in the House called the Center-Aisle Caucus designed to bring Members - Republicans and Democrats - together to get to know each other and to start building the bonds that might make this place work better. In my work on the Buy American agenda, almost every effort I put forward is done with bipartisan support. If I believed this was a true compromise where both sides were giving up significant concessions, I would have voted for it.
But this bill didn't ask one corporation to give back a single tax break. This bill didn't ask one billionaire to pay a dime more in taxes. And all the spending on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars were exempt from the spending caps in the bill. Without putting revenue on the table, and mandating the end to these wars, we can't be serious about real shared sacrifice.
And while I have long been willing to speak out on the need for spending cuts, the cuts in this bill - including major, arbitrary cuts to Medicare - fall disproportionately on the backs of seniors and the middle class.
I was hoping that I would have some time back home in Connecticut before voting on this bill to hear from even more of my neighbors and constituents (it's especially ironic that the party that complained that the health care bill was "jammed through" after one year of debate, didn't even allow for 24 hours of sunlight on this $2 trillion piece of legislation). But this false crisis meant that I had to make the call based on what I thought was right.
In the end, I could not support a bill that fed the extremist drive to kill off government one piece at a time. And I could not endorse a process that rewards legislative hostage-taking, resulting in hasty, under-informed decision making. That's what I think. But just as importantly, I want to know what you think. Please let me know by clicking here:
While I certainly respect those who voted for this bill, I firmly believe this was not the right product or process for this great and compassionate nation.
Thank you for reading this. Now that we are past this manufactured crisis, I will continue to focus on what people tell me they care about most: creating jobs and opportunities for people across Connecticut and around the nation.
Will you host a team meeting for Chris?
We're asking people to sign-up to host team meetings in their home for Chris.
The three M's: money, message and mobilization.
As the campaign manager for Team Murphy, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to raise the money needed to win a competitive race, spread the campaign's message to voters across the state and mobilize enough supporters to deliver victory next November.
We're doing great on the money front. Powered by well over 2,500 individual contributions since we launched, our campaign hit its fundraising goals for the second straight quarter, collecting over 1,000 individual donations from Connecticut residents in the last three months alone.
We've generated a good deal of earned media, as well. You may have seen the big news that the Fire Fighters became the fourth statewide labor union to join Team Murphy yesterday.
Now it's time to focus on mobilization.
We're going to win this race by empowering supporters to get in the game and spread the word about Chris to their family, friends and neighbors.
Would you be willing to start that conversation by hosting a team meeting at your house for the campaign?
Sign-up to host a team meeting here:
The team meetings promise to serve as the foundation for the kind of grassroots campaigns Chris has famously run in the past.
Only this time, instead of stopping at the doorstep to hold a conversation with a potential supporter, we'll come inside to have an old fashioned discussion about issues that affect your families and community.
Hosting a team meeting is easy, but the first step is indicating your willingness to do so.
Once you sign-up we'll be in touch with all the tools you need to host and promote your team meeting to family, friends and neighbors in your community.
Sign-up here to host a Chris Murphy team meeting:
You won't be alone on the big day either. Let us know if you're interested in having Chris or someone from the campaign stop by or call into your meeting.
We'll do everything we can to help ensure a successful event.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Campaign Manager, Team Murphy
Sign-on in support of Chris Murphy's Supreme Court Transparency Bill
Check out a few videos from Think Progress, who sat down to speak with Chris about his efforts to bring transparency to the nation's high court.
Here are some pictures and videos that give a look inside of today's endorsement by United Auto Workers Region 9A's 8000+ active and retired members from Connecticut. With this, UAW becomes the first statewide labor union to endorse in our race for U.S. Senate.
Video: Exec. Director Julie Kushner explain why UAW is supporting Chris Murphy
One of the things I love most about Memorial Day parades is the lack of politics. There are no campaign stickers or signs. Everyone, regardless of party, is on the same team when it comes to commemorating the lives of men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending this country.
At 8 am, as I was about to get in the car to head to the Bristol for their first parade, I heard from my friend Mayor Art Ward that the parade was cancelled due to the rain/thunder storm. After some breakfast, we drove out to East Hartford for their parade to find out....you guessed it.....it was cancelled too! 0-2.
However, all was not lost - I remembered the Forestville section of Bristol had their parade later in the afternoon. I called Mayor Ward, he told me to come on down and that the weather was clearing so we headed to Bristol. The city is home to so many veterans and has such a sense of pride in our military that it was an honor to celebrate Memorial Day with them and then march in the parade with the mayor (a Vietnam veteran, himself).
After Bristol I went down to Bridgeport to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony with my former state Senate colleague Mayor Bill Finch. The square across from the City Hall Annex is home to monuments listing the men Bridgeport lost in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The local veteran commander remarked that, in a few years, it will be a time to build a monument for those lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. That really hit home to me - only some 1% of Americans serve in our Armed Services but the other 99% of us, to paraphrase Churchill, owe so much to so few. It's been an honor to serve in Congress, in part, because it has allowed me to fight for the veterans who have come back. Fighting for them is the least we can do after they've fought for us.
I capped with the time-honored American holiday tradition: a BBQ! Mayor Finch and the city hosted a free cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers for the folks in Bridgeport. It was great to see so many old friends like City Council President Tom McCarthy and meet new ones. The line was long so I didn't get a chance to grab a burger but I can tell you the grill smelled great!
Although it started out on a rainy note, the day turned beautiful by the time I headed home. As we close out another Memorial Day, remember that, without a veteran, none of the things we enjoy so much - the parades, the cookouts, the flags - would be possible. To those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we will never forget you....