For reasons known only to those who roam the cubicles on Broad Street two weeks ago – the Hartford Courant decided it was front page news that Chris Murphy didn’t pay his rent in DECEMBER OF 2003 and faced foreclosure in early 2007.
Today the headline is that Murphy was late in paying his property tax bills in 1998.
The assault on Murphy is outrageous. Young “middle class” couples often struggle to pay bills.
State Legislators are underpaid. The only people who can afford to serve are the wealthy, the retired, or members who take jobs with employers who see it in their best interest to have a legislator on their payroll. Serving in the General Assembly takes up a lot of time.
The pay for many young lawyers who are fortunate enough to be paid is terrible. Couple that with high amounts of student debt and many smart people conclude that going to law school is a terrible choice. Balancing serving in the General Assembly with a law practice – good luck with that.
The attack of the wealthy and the established on Murphy should come as no surprise. Being middle class is now a sin in the eyes of the elite. The Senate is for the wealthy. The Federal Government is for the wealthy.
The attacks on Murphy are disgusting. They are attacks on anyone who has struggled to pay a bill. It is the system saying “no middle class need apply”.
I want a person who has faced losing their home in the Senate. I want a person who knows how hard it is for young people to start out representing me in Washington.