4-5-12 WEST HARTFORD — It was a new tone and a new day in the race for the U.S. Senate race among Democrats, when Lee Whitnum called one of the contenders “a whore” in his support for Israel and another “ignorant.”
Whitnum, acknowledged she may have crossed the line, saying she “wasn’t really thrilled” with her performance, according to the Associated Press.
“I’m dealing with a whore here who sells his soul to AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee), who will say anything for the job,” she said of Murphy’s support for Israel. She referred to state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, another candidate as “ignorant.”
“The Jewish community has always taken care of its own. There isn’t any reason why Connecticut children and Connecticut people have to pay the price for a country that is not impoverished,” Whitnum said.
Murphy said now more than ever Israel needs support from the United States.
“This is in our national security interest, ultimately in the interest of U.S. taxpayers to have a strong relationship with Israel and I think it is worth saying on this stage that a lot of her comments have been out of bounds and over the line,” said Murphy, who along with Susan Bysiewicz are the leading contenders for the party’s nomination, according to the recent polls.
Whitnum proposed that the U.S. prosecute American settlers who “go to Israel and maim or kill in the Proimised Land.” She said this “would solve anti-American sentiments worldwide. This is the number one reason why people hate this country.”
“I’d advocated for all the candidates to be a part of these debates and I might think twice about that with that kind of awful language being used on the airwaves,” Murphy said of the live debate sponsored by NBC Connecticut.
Marc Bradley, campaign manager for Tong, afterwards said there was no place for these personal attacks in the race and he called the slur she used against Murphy “despicable.”