Now that Murphy represents Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, he's changed his tune. Radio spots are taking the liberal freshman to task for his hypocrisy:
"In 2006," a stern-voiced announcer says, "Chris Murphy preached against special interest money in Washington."You can listen to the radio spot here.
The ad then runs a clip of Murphy urging voters to "get lobbyists' money and special interest money out of elections."
The announcer returns, saying that "Chris Murphy got to Washington and changed his tune," taking cash "from the same type of special interests he preached against."
According to the Hartford Courant, Murphy so far this year has received $347,600 from political action committees, the political arms of corporations, labor unions and politicians.
The New Britain Herald reports that Murphy's "total haul from special-interest and lobbyist money is over $450,000."
Ken Spain, press secretary for National Republican Congressional Committee, which sponsored the Murhpy spots, said that "whether Chris Murphy is taking money from Washington lobbyists hand over fist or missing a key vote on ethics and lobbying reform, he continues to break the promises he made to Connecticut voters on the campaign trail every day." Spain stressed that Murphy "promised change, but so far, all he has delivered is business-as-usual in Washington. It's time to hold him to account."
Murphy fancies himself as an ethics and campaign finance reform leader. But, in true hypocritical form, he initially missed the lobbying reform bill vote even though during the 2006 campaign he stated that missing any vote was “inexcusable.”
Murphy continues his hypocrisy offering several
tall tales excuses for the “inexcusable” missed vote:
“Inexcusable” Excuse 1:
Murphy had first explained that he “got caught up in conversation off the floor.”
“Inexcusable” Excuse 2:
However, Murphy then told the Hartford Courant “he did not remember where he was.”
“Inexcusable” Excuse 3:
Murphy's latest inexcusable excuse for missing the vote is that he had “no idea how I missed the vote" on the lobbying reform legislation.
There is hope that Murphy's promise breaking hypocrisy can be brought to an end. Republican State Senator David Cappiello is challenging the Democrat of hypocrisy in the 2008 Congressional election.