I can’t help but comment on this … Andrew Roraback is seeking the GOP nomination to run for Congress in the 5th District!
http://www.ctmirror.org/story/14269/roraback-officially-enters-crowded-5th-cd-race (all quotes come from this article)
I have known Andrew for many years and admit he is a NICE GUY.
Having said that, considering the condition of this economy and the turmoil in Washington, the last person I want in Congress is someone who likes to play the middle ground, or is simply a nice guy.
We need leaders who will assume and maintain firm stands in order to defend the future of our nation and its economy.
Andrew Roraback is NOT that individual.
He is part of a broken system in Connecticut, aka the Republican Party. This party has no clue as to what is happening in Connecticut, let alone what is happening at the Federal Level.
State Senator Roraback has the obvious backing of the Republican State Central Committee … witness the appearance of GOP State Party Chairman Jerry Labriola at Roraback’s announcement.
This is the field of candidates who are seeking the Party nomination and for those who have been involved in party politics, you know the Party leadership is suppose to be neutral during this process.
Are we not witnessing the manipulation of the political system? There have been numerous candidates out there (on the Republican side) since Congressman Chris Murphy decided to make his run for the U.S. Senate (January 20, 2011). Justin Bernier, Lisa Wilson-Foley, Mike Clark, and Mark Greenburg.
Where has Mr. Roraback been? Waiting for the ‘powers that be’ to ‘bless’ his candidacy?
I would suggest that Mr. Roraback only runs in a SAFE race … that is to say one which he is fairly confident he won’t lose. Let us not forget his rumblings to run for Attorney General in the last election, only to back out. I assume it became obvious that he did not have State wide support or recognition and would actually need to run a real campaign in order to win the seat, not to mention face the possibility of defeat – something he would not want in his political portfolio.
Labriola (who should be neutral at this time, I repeat) made this statement at Mr. Roraback’s announcement in Goshen, CT …
“I’m almost embarrassed by the wealth of riches we get to present to our rank and file,” he said. “Andrew has a strong record of being a fiscal conservative. His record of public service speaks for itself.”
Actually, I would be embarrassed to be Chairman Labriola. He does NOT understand his position as the supposed leader of the GOP.
I also remind you of Senator Roraback’s fiscal conservatism in 2008 when he sponsored a bill to spend $10,000 (your tax dollars) in order to place a marker on Mt. Frissell in Salisbury (Proposed bill 223) … $10,000!! Isn’t that fiscally conservative!
Roraback responded to the idea of being late getting into this race and how this would impact fundraising …
“It’s a reality,” he said. “I mean I’ve just announced on October 20th. I’ve not yet begun to raise funds and some of the other candidates in the race have the ability to write checks on their own, which is an ability that I don’t have.”
Here we go … Mr. ‘Tell You Something Pretty’ … He should have thought about fundraising … or … Is it that Labriola and the GOP State Central have already promised it to him?
If I have ever witnessed anything pathetic from the political party which I spent years supporting and working for, this is the best and greatest example of how lame the Connecticut GOP has become.
Does RINO ring a bell?