Senate candidate Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) picked up the not-so-coveted endorsement of a Communist-affiliated website on Friday, a fact that his Republican challenger, Linda McMahon, has used to try to score some last-minute political points.
After the article in support of Murphy was posted to the tumblr for People's World, a publication descended from the Daily Worker, McMahon's campaign staff tweeted, "While Linda will be an indep. voice for CT, Chris Murphy was proudly endorsed by the Communist Party. The choice on Tues. is clear."
The Murphy campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The McMahon campaign followed up on its tweet with a statement Saturday from the chair of Veterans for Linda that hearkened back to the Cold War. U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Cole (ret.) bemoaned the survival of the Communist Party and claimed Murphy shared its values.
"I thought our sacrifices on the battlefield would eliminate the Communist Party’s influence, but it is rearing its ugly head again. They are trying to seize power by supporting candidates sympathetic to their beliefs," Cole wrote. "This is one more reason to support Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate. I urge my fellow veterans to get behind her and elect her to the Senate on November 6."
People's World declared Murphy the "clear choice for Connecticut Senate." "Like Mitt Romney, McMahon caters her image and her program to what voters favor, no matter how far from the truth," the author wrote.
Murphy and McMahon are scrapping for the vacant Senate seat left by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), with both sides launching negative attacks. McMahon failed in her 2010 Senate bid despite spending $40 million of her own money.
McMahon is currently trailing Murphy by roughly seven points in the polls, according to HuffPost Pollster.
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