Bernier Takes On Murphy over Chief of Staff
5th District challenger Justin Bernier took a shot at Rep. Chris Murphy today, calling Murphy’s hiring of a prominent lobbyist a conflict of interest:
Rep. Chris Murphy hired the mortgage industry’s head lobbyist as his Chief of Staff. Francis Creighton, Chris Murphy’s Chief of Staff as of today, was Vice President and Chief Lobbyist of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). MBA is the lobbying arm of the mortgage corporations that received billions of dollars in bailout money through the “TARP” program.
With government bailouts almost as unpopular as lobbyists, this approach could strike a chord with people tired of business as usual in Washington.
National Republicans seem content to be take a wait-and-see approach to the 5th CD race this year, as The Hill reported yesterday.
McKinney Ready to Get In the Game?
GOP Senate Leader John McKinney may be getting ready to launch his Congressional campaign in the coming days, according to the same The Hill article. They note that McKinney was widely viewed as waiting until the end of the budget process in the state legislature.
With that process not likely to conclude in the near future – unless the Governor surprises us all and signs the budget she has criticized almost daily – the start of a new FEC quarter seems like a logical kickoff point in the 4th CD.
McKinney’s bid, along with that of Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta in New Hampshire, will be prominently-featured Congressional races for the GOP.
Sources: Bernier e-mail to supporters “Murphy Hires Chief Mortgage Lobbyist” June 29, 2009.
Blake, Aaron. “Northeastern 2010 GOP Picture Taking Shape”, The Hill June 28, 2009. Retrieved at The Hill on June 29, 2009.