The Chrises set to be at same hearing next week, on opposite sides of dais

Connecticut’s U.S. Senate election isn’t for another year or so, but two of the candidates for that seat will have a chance to face off next week. Well, sort of.

Ex-Rep. Chris Shays will once again be testifying before Congress on Tuesday about the findings of the Commission on Wartime Contracting, which Shays co-chaired. The former 4th District GOP congressman-who plans to announce his Senate bid in October-will be appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Current U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who announced his Senate bid in January, sits on that panel. It seems unlikely that Murphy will lob any hardball questions at Shays. Indeed, the two Senate hopefuls may find some common ground on the need to increase scrutiny of military contracts and decrease reliance on outsourcing such work to private firms.