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The NAACP's state convention at the CoCo Key Water Resort Saturday was missing one of its guest speakers: Republican senatorial candidate Linda McMahon.
McMahon and the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Christopher J. Murphy, were scheduled to speak during a political forum scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. More than 200 members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from across the state were in attendance.
A spokesman for McMahon's campaign, Todd Abrajano, said she accidentally skipped the event. There is another NAACP event this Friday, and the campaign did not realize the Waterbury event was a separate, second scheduled NAACP appearance.
Kind of bad news for Linda, I think. I wonder if President Bill Clinton might say anything about it today when he's here in Waterbury for Chris Murphy.
Now he's the most sought-after surrogate in his party, a more potent fund-raiser than either Vice President Joe Biden or first lady Michelle Obama, and more popular figure than his party's 2012 standard-bearer. Clinton, whose 69 percent approval rating in a Gallup/USA Today poll is four points higher than the first lady's, reminds voters of a bygone era of economic prosperity, low unemployment and, yes, a federal budget surplus.
His 50-minute oration at the Democratic National Convention received rave reviews for his ability to describe how complicated issues affect average folks' lives. Obama immediately dubbed him "the Secretary of Explaining Stuff."
Clinton's Sunday visit to Waterbury highlights the importance to Democrats of winning the Senate seat being vacated by Connecticut independent Joe Lieberman. Their nominee, Rep. Chris Murphy, is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican Linda McMahon in recent polling, but he is running behind Obama and other Connecticut Democrats.
I can't wait to hear what the Secretary of Explaining Stuff says about all of this.