CLOSING ARGUMENT: David Stemerman, Candidate for GovernorMay 8, 2018
The businessman believes that Connecticut voters want to elect someone who's not a career politician to the governor's mansion this fall.
Last week, businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman told Reclaim Connecticut a story.
“One of the biggest memories I have growing up was seeing President Jimmy Carter address the nation from the Oval Office in a beige cardigan,” Stemerman said. “It was after a spike in oil prices.”
Carter, Stemerman said, told the nation it would have to learn to live with less.
Then, Stemerman continued, “[we] had Ronald Reagan address us with a crisp suit, nice tie, and he said it could be morning in America. He said we shouldn’t be settling for containment of communism, our goal should be to win the Cold War.”
“Those are the kinds of big ideas, big aspirations that we’re going to be talking about in our campaign,” Stemerman said, just days before Connecticut Republicans pick a candidate to endorse at Saturday’s CT GOP convention.
We checked in with Stemerman as part of Reclaim Connecticut’s ongoing “Closing Argument” series, where candidates competing at May’s statewide conventions – and, potentially, August’s primaries – have a chance to make their case to convention delegates and voters.
A candidate has to earn the support of 15 percent of the delegates at the convention to automatically qualify for the August primary. If he or she doesn’t hit 15 percent, they can petition their way onto the primary ballot, though it can be a long and expensive process. Whoever earns 50 percent of delegates’ votes, after any number of rounds of voting, wins the party endorsement.
Stemerman hinted that he won’t hit 15 percent.
“The convention path for nomination is one that strongly favors political insiders,” Stemerman said. “Political insiders that have been running our state for decades, and have left our state on the wrong track.”
But Stemerman added that he admires the “loyal and committed” Republicans attending the convention.
“The delegates to the convention are among the most loyal and committed members of the Republican Party,” he said. “I have actively engaged with them in any and every way that I can.”
And either way, the businessman said, he’ll be on the primary ballot come August.
“Our nomination process allows more than one path to the ballot for access to voters, which includes petition process,” Stemerman said. “We have begun collecting signatures.”
Stemerman had a big week last week. In addition to preparing for the convention, the political outsider launched his first ad of the campaign. Reclaim Connecticut covered it here.
Stemerman said the ad reflects his “outside-the-box” thinking.
“I know that the voters of our state know that our state is on the wrong track,” Stemerman said. The new ad is introducing him to those voters “in every medium possible … television, digital, radio, mail.”
It’s “a message that I believe is going to resonate with voters all over to the state,” Stemerman noted.
As Democrats look increasingly likely to settle on businessman Ned Lamont to represent them in the fall, Reclaim Connecticut asked Stemerman how he would separate his approach from Lamont’s, and the Democrats’ approach in general.
“Ned Lamont would represent the third term of Dan Malloy,” Stemerman said. “Ned Lamont, to secure the nomination of the Democratic Party, is doing the same thing that Dan Malloy did by cutting a deal with the unions.”
“We know Ned Lamont, from the start of his political career, is among the most left-of-center politicians Connecticut has ever known,” Stemerman continued. “Dan Malloy and the Democratic legislature, they’ve raised taxes and spending again and again, and Ned Lamont is gonna be more of the same.”
“The approach we’re gonna take is the exact opposite,” Stemerman argued. “We’re proposing tax cuts for everyone, and a broad approach to spending reductions, through efficiency to prioritization.”
Stemerman’s closing argument?
“By presenting an aspirational message for how we can make our state the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family, I am confident this year will be our year,” the businessman said.
“The people of Connecticut, by overwhelming margins, know that our state is on the wrong track,” Stemerman said. “They are looking for new leadership, fresh ideas, that will make their lives better.”
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