Now? Now it’s Time to Hide from the Media?

The Shad has known Chris Murphy since September of 2002—he was elected to the state Senate that fall and I signed on as communications director for the state Senate Democrats. I know the guy. He’s smart, media savvy, and equal parts policy wonk and charmer. So who the hell is advising this guy? And why is he listening? There is no doubt in my mind he would be an effective, tireless US Senator for the people of Connecticut. Yet it is becoming more and more clear those qualities don’t matter as much as a fat checkbook. It’s getting dangerous out there and I simply can’t believe the Murphy campaign stiffed WNPR radio and “Where We Live” host John Dankosky.

Dankosky is the cream of the crop as far as fair journalists. There’s no chance he’d sandbag Murphy and the congressman knows it. So unless there is full panic setting in, there’s no reason for Murphy not to appear. In fact, there is every reason for him to do the show. He doesn’t have the unlimited resources of Republican Linda McMahon who can just hide from the media and spent her fortune attacking. For those of us who have been hammering Mrs. McMahon like a second-rate, ham-and-egger wrestler for her cowardly campaign, Murphy’s new found hesitance is disturbing. (I part ways with Dankosky on this point. I don’t believe McMahon’s campaign is “disciplined” in avoiding the media. I think it’s gutless; and unfortunately, potentially effective.)

I try to call ‘em as I see ‘em. So while we’re at it, it’s time for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to come out the bunker and talk to the media as well.

My head hurts.

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