Written by Juliana Simone
Tomorrow’s Connecticut Primary in the democrat party where two candidates are vying to be on the November ballot is between two former state house representatives – Susan Bysiewicz, who later went on to become the Secretary of State, and Christopher Murphy, who went on to the State Senate and then the United States Congress when he won the seat over veteran Republican Nancy Johnson in 2006. Murphy is the party endorsed candidate from the May convention. Bysiewicz garnered enough votes from delegates for the right to primary.
Though there is no clear distinction between Murphy and Bysiewicz in terms of public office and government service, unlike the Republican candidates for this same seat where one candidate is a knowledgeable veteran legislator, former Congressman Christopher Shays, and the other is a wrestling entertainment co-founder but political novice, there are still differences between the two that make Murphy the right choice.
Murphy defines the career ladder climb, with his rise in government service starting from serving on town boards to state representative, state senate, and then federal office. Bysiewicz also served in the House as a state representative, and then as a constitution officer as Secretary of State for over ten years. Murphy, considered the ‘golden boy’ among his party who has a squeaky clean image even though staunchly partisan, has little negatives against him other than how he votes – which only applies if you’re Republican, an Unaffiliated who leans Republican or a moderate Democrat.
Bysiewicz has other issues. As Secretary of State, she came under negative scrutiny when it was discovered she had kept secret files on voters throughout the state for years that made personal notes and details about constituents that were sometimes perceived as discriminatory. She also was investigated by then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, now a U.S. Senator, for improper use of email addresses held by her office for campaign donations.
Bysiewicz also failed to qualify as a candidate for the Attorney General’s office despite her law degree she obtained from Duke University. A state statute cites a candidate for this office must have ten years in “active practice” of law. Fellow attorney’s and others questioned whether she had this experience to which she rebutted serving in the capacity of the Secretary of State was comparable.
One thing not in her favor in the ultimate decision made by the Connecticut Supreme Court, was her filing a form seeking a state waiver of a fee for those who practice law.
Even though her campaign said this was a mistake, she ultimately had to admit in court she had never argued a case before a judge and had not since law school been in a court room to observe litigation. Before running for the Attorney General position, she temporarily threw her hat in the ring for the Governor’s office before dropping out.
With this and more on Bysiewicz, Murphy with his by the book resume and lifestyle, his genuine appeal to voters, and lockstep voting record with his Party, makes him a must for Democrats to have on the ballot this Election Day.
Here are more comments from Ameriborn News CEO William Landers:
I have had the chance to interview Christopher Murphy many times and he has always maintained a very pleasant and willing attitude. I have tried several times to interview Susan Bysiewicz and she was never agreeable to do an interview and would walk away.
This kind of partisan politics displayed by Ms. Bysiewicz will continue to harm the State of Connecticut and America in whole. Anyone running for public office – your job is to represent everyone equally and with some sort of honor. That is why I am pleased to endorse Christopher Murphy – a true representative with not just skills but also someone who will listen to other’s ideas and problems without reservation of what party they are registered with.