Attack From The Left
In this campaign, Murphy is fending off criticism from the left as well as the right. Bysiewicz, a former secretary of the state who will face Murphy in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary, has repeatedly chided him for being too chummy with Wall Street, a powerful accusation that echoes the attack that helped bring down one of Murphy's political mentors, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd.
Bysiewicz never fails to mention Murphy's May 2010 vote against eliminating a tax loophole that benefits extremely wealthy hedge fund investors.
"The loopholes were important for Wall Street and the hedge fund industry and [the] financial services [industry] has rewarded Congressman Murphy with more than $500,000 in campaign contributions,'' she said in the waning moments of a debate in April at the University of Connecticut.
The Murphy camp said Bysiewicz, who lags 30 percentage points behind Murphy in the most recent Quinnipiac poll, is taking a cheap shot.
"Bysiewicz's one-note campaign isn't resonating with anyone because people know Chris has spent his career fighting for consumers and a fair tax code,'' said his spokeswoman, Taylor Lavender. "Chris opposes the ... loophole and he's voted three times to get rid of it."