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Candidate Uses Calhoun Confrontation in Campaign Ad

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    A Green Party candidate is using a confrontation with UConn coach Jim Calhoun in his campaign ads.

    In 2009, Ken Krayeske got into a public clash with UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun about the coach’s $1.6 million salary. Now, Krayeske is running as a Green Party candidate for Congress and he’s using video of that confrontation in a campaign ad.

    "Millionaires like Jim Calhoun" control 42 percent of the nation's wealth, the YouTube ad says. It continues with Calhoun telling Krayeske to shut up and questioning his intelligence.

    If you want to see the video, you can look at it on the UConn Blog here.

    In the ad, Krayeske alleges that Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson helped create America's wealth gap and notes that Calhoun contributed to Larson's campaign.

    Larson campaign manager Chris Barnes told the Associated Press that Krayeske is just "throwing bombs" in a desperate attempt to get attention.

    Calhoun did not immediately return a message left by the Associated Press.  

    After the skirmish, Gov. M. Jodi Rell called it an "embarrassing display."

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