Release: Malloy, Wyman, Tong Endorse Murphy for U.S. Senate

May 01 2012


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kenny Curran (Murphy) 860-257-4300
Marc Bradley (Tong) 203-807-4583

Governor Malloy calls on Democratic Party to unite behind Chris Murphy;
Tong ends candidacy for Senate

HARTFORD--In a blockbuster announcement Tuesday, Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, and State Representative William Tong joined together to endorse Congressman Chris Murphy's candidacy for the open United States Senate seat in Connecticut. Tong announced that he is ending his bid for the U.S. Senate.

"I want to congratulate William on a well run campaign," said Governor Malloy. "His positive message and personal story struck a chord with many people and I have no doubt that he'll find success in whatever he sets his mind to next. But now, it's time for us as a party to get behind the best candidate in this race, and I have no doubt that that person is Chris Murphy. He's smart, he gets things done and he's not afraid to stand up to the status quo in Washington. That's what we need in our next Senator, and I'm happy to put my support behind his candidacy. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to rally around Chris as we head into the nominating convention."

"It is always good and sad when two very qualified people run for the same office," said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. "William Tong is a newer face to politics and a leader in his own right. Over the past few years I have become a friend and am proud of his abilities. William is a true leader and we will be seeing him in the future. I am proud to add my name to the endorsement of Chris Murphy, who has a proven record in the State House, State Senate and as our 5th Congressional Representative to be our next US Senator. Chris is a caring and hard working leader. Thank you William and Chris for putting the people of Connecticut first."

"I am proud to endorse Chris Murphy for the United States Senate and join his team," said State Representative William Tong. "I've learned a lot about Chris in this campaign. We are both sons of Connecticut who love our home state. And I have learned that he has the same fight, the same grit, the same commitment to working people like my parents. And I know he has the heart, the backbone and the integrity we need in the United States Senate. I am proud to call him my friend. I will be prouder still to call him my Senator."

"This is an important unifying moment for our party," said Congressman Chris Murphy. "William has run a good race, traveling the state telling his remarkable story, and I'm honored to earn his support today. Together, with the help of William, Governor Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Wyman, and the thousands of grassroots activists who have enlisted to help our campaign, we're building a coalition that can't be beat."