ore jobs and less spending. That’s the political message Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, is trying to sell in his first political ad of the season.

Murphy’s contest against state Sam Caligiuri of Waterbury hasn’t gotten as much attention as other state contests. But he’s not running in a perfectly safe district either.

So it’s no wonder this ad  highlights Murphy’s vote against the Democratic budget plan (even using the “deficit hawk” label) and his push for legislation to help U.S. manufacturers. Then there’s the Fred Rogers’ average-neighbor theme, although no cardigans, thank goodness.

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