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Crime and Punishment: Groton man gets in fight, bites off opponent's ear
An NBC Connecticut-hosted primary debate of candidates running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate got ugly when a fringe candidate, Lee Whitnum of Greenwich, called U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy "a whore … who sells his soul to AIPAC" (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). In her multiple long-shot runs for office and self-filed lawsuits, Israel has been a focus to 51-year-old Whitnum, who the Stamford Advocate describes as "not currently employed." She is suing for the return of tax money paid by Connecticut residents that went to the Jewish state and filed a (rejected) libel suit against Gov. Dannel Malloy after he called her views "anti-Semitic." Though the "whore" comment fits into her long-standing shrill campaign style (she likened U.S. Rep. Jim Himes to a "Nazi" in 2008), Whitnum released a statement blaming her "disconnect and hostility" on being "flabbergasted" at the supposed ignorance of the other candidates.
By Nick Keppler
April 10, 2012