Convicted GOP governor helps Democrat Murphy

Rep. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyConnecticut senators call for Subway to ban open carry of firearms Democrats optimistic about chances of winning Senate Gridlock mires chances of police reform deal MORE (D) is drawing heat from local newspapers for accepting help from convicted former Gov. John Rowland (R).

Rowland has been rounding up donors across party lines, The Hartford Courant reported, in an effort to help Murphy’s reelection campaign.

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Murphy’s GOP opponent, state Sen. David Cappiello, was among the first to call for Rowland’s resignation in 2004, when he faced impeachment for accepting favors from government contractors. He eventually stepped down and spent time in prison after pleading guilty.

The Courant reported this week that Rowland sent an e-mail to supporters asking them to attend a $250-per-person fundraiser for Murphy.

Murphy’s campaign said it was unaware that Rowland was providing it with help but said it and Rowland “are on the same side now in trying to bring back a city that is desperately in need of help,” according to the Courant.

The central Connecticut-based Register Citizen on Tuesday ran an editorial blasting Murphy’s campaign for not distancing itself from Rowland.

The Murphy campaign didn’t return a phone call by press time.