Senator Chris Murphy’s feet are healing after a 105 mile walk across Connecticut, and this week walked into the Face the State studio to talk about his journey, his state, his future and President Trump.
During our interview Murphy told us what he learned while on foot and what surprised him the most. Connecticut’s junior senator also talked about President Trump and race relations.
Murphy has been critical of Trump to the point that some have suggested he challenge the president for the White House in 2020. He said he was focused on being a senator, and talked more about the president, specifically about some of his controversial comments, and his well-being.
“You can’t impeach somebody for doing what they said they were going to do as a candidate,” he said. “And whether we like it or not, he is fulfilling a lot of the reckless promises, or trying to fulfill, a lot of the reckless promises that he made during the campaign.”
Being a former state lawmaker, we asked Senator Murphy about advice he would offer to the governor and general assembly about fixing Connecticut.
“I love home rule. I love the idea that every one of our 169 towns gets to make their own decisions for themselves, but it is a pretty cost-inefficient way to run a state, results in an incredible duplication of services, one town spending money to steal a business from another town. That’s a real hot button political issue, but at some point I think the state legislature is going to have to step and back and think about the way we organize ourselves especially at the local governance level is affordable in the long run. “I think we have to look hard at county government, at regional government.”
Watch the interview here (the above quote is at 7:06, and there’s more) http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13640479/senator-murphy-up-for-re-election-next-year
In our flashback, we have a story by Melissa Francis, now of the Fox News Channel, filed in 1998 on the day the massive Adriaen’s Landing development was proposed. With UConn Hartford now open, it means the Landing is nearly complete. An apartment building on Arch Street now under construction is the final piece.