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Chris Murphy’s Faux Outrage

May 26, 2017 By Staff
Chris Murphy’s Faux Outrage

It seems unlikely that the freshman senator will want to sour any potential campaign donors

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is trying to sink President Trump’s proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, while carving out the portion that would benefit Sikorsky, a Connecticut-based defense juggernaut:

Sen. Chris Murphy has teamed up with Sen. Rand Paul to try to block part of a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, but not the portion that would benefit Sikorsky.

While Murphy only wants to block about $500 million of the sale, its clear the Murphy’s moral righteousness falls short when it comes hurting Connecticut’s huge defense industry:

The Saudi arms deal also includes a number of helicopters built by Sikorsky, including 14 MH-60Rs for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, 19 UH-60 Utility Helicopters for Royal Saudi Land Forces and 30 UH-60 Search & Rescue Helicopters for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The defense industry has contributed just short of a $100,000 to Murphy over his career according to OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan research group tracking tracking money in U.S. politics.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) praised Connecticut’s growing defense industry in his “State of the State” address. The Hartford Courant has even reported that Donald Trump’s plan to raise defense spending will benefit Connecticut:

President Donald Trump‘s proposal to boost Pentagon spending by $54 billion could be a big win for Connecticut manufacturers that build helicopters, submarines and engines for fighter jets.

As Senator Murphy falls on a short list of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, it seems unlikely that the freshman senator will want to sour any potential campaign donors like the defense industry – or add to the already-declining Connecticut economy.