WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) participate in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill December 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. The legislators were joined by representatives from major unions and policy organizations in calling on the White House and Congressional negotiators to protect funding for Medicaid, a health program for people and families with low incomes and resources. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is defending an electronic fundraising appeal sent to supporters that refers to the elementary school massacre in Newtown.
Appearing at the University of Hartford on Friday, Blumenthal said he's been "immersed in advocating for sensible, commonsense, preventive measures dealing with gun violence" and "the outreach was in support of that cause."
The e-mail mentions "the horror of the Dec. 14, 2012 massacre of 20 beautiful children and six dedicated educators in Newtown" and how Blumenthal has "focused on serving as a leader in the national effort" for meaningful gun reform. It then asks supporters to contribute $5.
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said Blumenthal's appeal "was at best insensitive."
A New Haven Register editorial on Thursday called Blumenthal's fundraising message "tasteless as it gets."