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Campaign Notebook: Republican Front-Runner Brings in Karl Rove

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Senate

Chris Shays (R): With the finances and polls not in his favor for the August primary, Shays has tapped Karl Rove, the deputy chief of staff of George W. Bush’s administration, for a boost. The two appeared at an event in Greenwich last week, according to the Greenwich Post.

Susan Bysiewicz (D): With the primary in August, Bysiewicz is lagging in the polls compared to the leading Chris Murphy. Her campaign website is also behind, with the last update posted on May 22.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): The congresswomandefended food stamps in a couple Tweets posted on Wednesday.

Over 46 mill-almost 1/2 kids-used food stamps last year 4 basic foods. Nearly 75% food stamp participants are families w kids

Food stamps lifted 5.2 mill out of poverty in 2010. W/out food stamps poverty rate would have been over 21 percent for kids

Wayne Winsley (R): The candidate seems to be a man of many trades. The broadcasters-turned-candidate is also an author. A crime thriller he penned was published in 2005.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): After Himes’ opponent talked of being labeled a “contender” by the Republican National Committee. In a fundraising letter shared by Only in Bridgeport, Himes said Steve Obsitnik was being propped up by the committee.

My opponent is doing nothing but raising money, and he’s trying to make the case that he can contend in November. It’s up to us to make sure that when November comes, he’s looking in the mirror, lamenting “I coulda been a contender … I coulda been somebody …”

Steve Obsitnik (R)The campaign Facebook page took a break from the typical elections photos and news to share information about various cooling centers around Fairfield County opening up due to the extreme heat. .

Fifth District

Chris Donovan (D): The Associated Press reported on how two federal investigations in the fifth district – one of which involves a former aide of Donovan – is bringing back the “Corrupticut” nickname.

Lisa Wilson-Foley (R): One of the federal investigations involves work that Wilson-Foley’s husband’s company did for former Gov. John G. Rowland. She said she herself is not a target of the investigation, according to the Connecticut Post

[Ed.s Note: Stamford is in the Fourth District.]

About this column: This will focus on the 2012 election, which is rapidly approaching.

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