Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy is attacking his challenger, Republican Linda McMahon, by accusing her of not paying off her debt despite making millions of dollars each year.
The former CEO of WWE, formerly known as World Wrestling Entertainment, is accusing her opponent of not coming clean on his financial troubles.
McMahon and Murphy are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Connecticut has not had a Republican senator in more than 30 years.
For several days, Murphy has not responded to McMahon's claims or requests for interviews by Eyewitness News. On Wednesday afternoon, Murphy talked to small business owners in Meriden about how to get loans and expand your company.
"Linda McMahon's tactics are absolutely shameless, from the over the top mailings to the TV ads that have outright lies in them," he told Eyewitness News.
The latest mailer from McMahon implies that Murphy went to Yankee games and museums instead of attending nearly 200 congressional hearings during the 2008 fiscal crisis. McMahon's campaign has not proven where Murphy was.
However, Murphy did not discuss where he was during those hearings when Eyewitness News interviewed him.
Murphy claims that McMahon owed nearly $1 million when she declared bankruptcy in 1976.
"This morning we finally found Linda McMahon's bankruptcy records," Murphy said. "And to this day, has not paid back any of the money she owed to her creditors, even after making billions."
McMahon's campaign said she has paid back the IRS and about half the creditors owed. But, how much debt is unpaid is unclear.
According to Murphy, he has admitted to missing a "few" mortgage payments on his Cheshire home. He would later be able to obtain a loan from Webster Bank, despite being sued for foreclosure.
Webster Bank has been a supporter of Murphy's campaign and McMahon claims that he got a special deal from the company.
"We expect the McMahon campaign to retract allegations that Webster Bank was involved in a sweetheart mortgage deal with her opponent," the bank said in statement Wednesday.
Murphy would not comment on his missed mortgage payments when Eyewitness News interviewed him Wednesday.
McMahon, who spoke to University of Connecticut students in Stamford, said the latest attack on her finances is just a cover up.
"Quite frankly, I think it is a little bit hypocritical that congressman Murphy would start on an attack relative to me about my bankruptcy on something that is 36 years old."
McMahon said Murphy should release his mortgage records.
The University of Connecticut-Hartford Courant poll put Democrat Chris Murphy in a slight lead over his Republican opponent.
"Today's numbers give us a four-point lead, but these polls are a snap shot in time," Murphy said.
According to the poll, Murphy has a slight lead over McMahon, but that lead falls within the margin of error, making the race a tie.
The poll was conducted between Sept. 11 and Sept. 16 and had a margin of error of four points.
Both land line and cell phone numbers were used in the poll.
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