Connecticut Republican, After Lying About Opponent, Trails In New Poll
Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) may be learning that lying doesn't pay.
Johnson, who six weeks ago led Democrat Chris Murphy by 14 points, now trails Murphy by four points, according to a new Hartford Courant-University of Connecticut poll.
As JABBS noted last month, Johnson used a lie in a television advertisement to try to portray Murphy as weak on national security issues. The ad includes a purposeful misrepresentation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to make its argument. Murphy, like most Americans, supports the idea that the president should follow the act's provisions when fighting the "war on terror."
Maybe that kind of lying contributed to a turnaround among so-called Independent voters, who in the Courant-UConn poll say they favor Murphy, 45 percent to 36 percent. Independents make up nearly half of the voters in the district.