Nothing like the divine inspiration of a woman of the cloth endorsing a candidate for public office, especially an inner-city minister working a food pantry for the poor folk of a housing project singing the praises of a wealthy Republican trying to carve into the voter base of her Democratic opponent. The state’s largest city has a long history of politics in the pulpit, and the Prophetess Gerry Claytor, active in spiritual, social and education issues, has brought it to a whole new level declaring in an advertisement for U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, “I’m voting for President Obama and I’m voting for Linda McMahon.” Local Democrats are keeping score on this one.
The prophetess runs Claytor Ministry/Feed The People Food Pantry for children of the P.T. Barnum Housing Complex that serves about 500 kids in the West End. Prophetess Claytor is not bashful about asking local pols for help. How about some money? How about a refrigerator? A stove? Food? Supplies? Let’s hope, for the kids’ sake, the prophetess is getting a nice pantry donation out of Linda for her endorsement (if not done already) because local Dems supporting McMahon’s Democratic opponent Chris Murphy are wondering in amazement that the prophetess who so often asks them for help has decided to endorse the enemy.
This is actually a nice piece of strategy by the McMahon campaign, even if it undercuts Romney in Connecticut. McMahon operatives know they need some Democratic votes to win; not a lot, but just enough to offset Murphy’s registration advantage. If the McMahon campaign can secure close to 30 percent of the vote in Bridgeport, that just might be enough to put her over the top in what is a close battle statewide two weeks out.
It’s why the Murphy campaign, which has regained its footing, cannot take Bridgeport–or any city–for granted. Murphy will be perched in Connecticut’s major cities the final two weeks.
Meanwhile the McMahon camp is trying to plant the message to city voters: yes, we know you’re voting for Barack, but vote for Linda, she’s a safe bet. It’s a message the prophetess is taking to her peeps in the P.T. Barnum Apartments. Praise the Lord! And yes, the prophetess will need to praise the Lord often if Murphy wins.