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By SUSAN HAIGH  Associated Press

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic candidates for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat are voicing concern about allowing one of their lesser-known colleagues, Lee Whitnum, to participate in future debates after she called U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy a “whore” for his support of Israel during a live televised debate.

Murphy, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits), state Rep. William Tong and Matthew Oakes each expressed disgust over the comments made by Whitnum, a vocal critic of U.S. aid to Israel.

Bysiewicz said she’s questioning whether any candidate who has filed federal paperwork should participate in the debates, saying she’s never seen a candidate call another names. Whitnum also referred to Tong as “ignorant” after he voiced support for Murphy.

Whitnum, acknowledged she may have crossed the line, saying she “wasn’t really thrilled” with her performance.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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