This, from The New York Times
late last week. It helps explain, in part, why Linda McMahon has been doing so much better this time around, and why Murphy has been struggling.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/nyregion/in-connecticut-attack-ads-chip-away-christopher-murphys-lead-in-senate-race.html?_r=1
In addition to the ads reintroducing herself, she has hit Mr. Murphy repeatedly with ads saying that during the financial crisis, in his first term, he missed 80 percent of subcommittee meetings on financial issues. He responded in his own ad and in statements that he voted on 97 percent of committee business and that many of the meetings he missed were when Congress was not in session and he was back in the district.
But the exchange left him responding to her charges, so the results of the Quinnipiac poll came as no surprise to political observers in the state and to Connecticut Democrats who have been quietly fretting that Ms. McMahon’s shrewd use of her millions was creating a juggernaut fully capable of winning the race.
But many observers are skeptical that the 2010 race presents a road map for the race now.
The doubts begin with Mr. Murphy’s ability to withstand an advertising assault the way Mr. Blumenthal could.
And observers from both parties say that Ms. McMahon, who defeated a former representative, Christopher Shays, in the Republican primary, is skillfully creating a narrative straight out of the good-guy-bad-guy world of wrestling, in which she is the plucky, entrepreneurial outsider and he is the out-of-touch Washington insider.