HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate in Connecticut’s close Senate race, is leaving campaign literature on Democrats’ doors, urging them to vote for both Democratic President Barack Obama and McMahon on the independent line, even though McMahon has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
The flyers come on the heels of a McMahon TV ad that targeted voters splitting their ticket but didn’t directly urge people to support Obama.
The new literature, which features pictures of Obama and McMahon, reads: ‘‘President Barack Obama and Linda McMahon will fight for us. Vote Barack Obama for president and vote Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate on the Independent Line.’’
Todd Abrajano, McMahon’s campaign spokesman, said Sunday that McMahon ‘‘enthusiastically supports Mitt Romney for president’’ and is not endorsing Obama.
But Abrajano said the campaign decided to make it clear to Democrats that it’s OK to split their ticket, accusing McMahon’s opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, of telling people it’s illegal.
‘‘This door-hanger is only going to known supporters of President Obama because Congressman Murphy is shamefully telling them that it’s illegal to split their ticket,’’ he said, adding that they've gotten such reports from canvassers in the field, going door to door. ‘‘We are simply educating Democrats who may also support Linda that they can split their ticket.’’
Murphy’s campaign spokesman Eli Zupnick called Abrajano’s accusation ‘‘absolutely absurd and a lie.’’
He accused the McMahon campaign of conducting ‘‘a desperate and dirty 11th-hour trick’’ to ‘‘try and pull the wool over voters’ eyes’’ and make them forget McMahon endorsed Romney and supports his policies. He said volunteers for Murphy saw the flyers when they knocked on doors Sunday in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and other cities.
On Saturday, Murphy began running a new TV featuring Obama endorsing his candidacy.