How’s this for a rapid response?

Richard Blumenthal’s campaign responded Sunday night to an attack it is anticipating from the campaign of Linda McMahon.

Mindy Myers, Blumenthal’s campaign manager, explains in an email:

“Following a torrent of bad press over lowering the minimum wage, not knowing what the minimum wage is, and cutting Social Security by 10 percent, Linda McMahon today tried desperately to change the subject by setting loose her attack dog – the video tracker who follows Dick Blumenthal everywhere. 
Today, someone with McMahon’s tracker tried to ambush Dick Blumenthal while Blumenthal marched in the New Haven Columbus Day parade. McMahon’s person wanted to know, “What is the unemployment rate?”
Blumenthal knew it was someone with McMahon’s tracker asking the question and up to no good. So, he brushed him off. Nonetheless, we expect McMahon’s attack machine, desperate for ammo, will fire this out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. With three weeks to go till the Election, we fully expect more desperate politics as usual from the McMahon campaign.
By the way, Connecticut’s unemployment rate is 9.1 percent and the minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25.”

Incidentally, the reference to a 10-percent cut in Social Security is something that The Hill reported Sunday morning, based on a misinterpretation of McMahon’s remarks during an interview on ABC’s THis week. By 3:30 p.m., The Hill deleted a reference to a Social Security.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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