U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, in a holiday weekend message seeking support for his Senate bid, shares the story of his mother’s upbringing in hardscrabble New Britain.
The appeal for support draws a sharp contrast with Republican frontrunner Linda McMahon and the untold millions the former WWE CEO will spend in 2012.
“Yesterday, like many of you, I spent Thanksgiving with my mother. I saw the proud look on her face as she sat on the couch surrounded by children and grandchildren who are all healthy, happy, and secure.
Her pride runs so deep because she knows – and we all know – how hard she struggled to get to this point in her life. My mother grew up in the Mount Pleasant housing projects in New Britain, and though her family lurched in and out of poverty, she was determined to defy the odds and succeed. She did – she went to college, became a teacher, and raised me to believe I could do anything I wanted to in life if I just set my mind to it.
But my mother didn’t do it alone. She lived in public housing, her father got a job making things for the federal government, and she went to college with the help of federal aid.
She succeeded because her community helped her succeed. And to put it simply, I’m running for the Senate to restore that magical partnership between individual will and community investment.”