U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy has beefed up his campaign press staff with Eli Zupnick, who arrives in Connecticut via the staff of Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The Murphy campaign is downplaying the addition of a new staffer with a DSCC connection, sensitive to the perception that Republican Linda McMahon has the momentum and Murphy is struggling in the race for Connecticut’s open Senate seat.

The DSCC, which had once hoped to avoid spending any money in Connecticut, recently committed to $320,000 in TV advertising in the state.

Murphy’s commuication director, Ben Marter, remains in place, as does an assistant, Taylor Lavender.

“As we hit the final stretch, our campaign is going to make sure we have the necessary resources and staff on the ground to get Chris’ message out to combat Linda McMahon’s attacks and lies,” said Kenny Curran, Murphy’s manager. “We are happy to add Eli to our growing team and we look forward to continuing this aggressive campaign into the last 50 days and to victory.”

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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