CLOSING ARGUMENT: Dominic Rapini, Candidate for U.S. SenateMay 10, 2018
Dominic Rapini wants to shock the D.C. and Connecticut by beating Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) this fall. First, he'll have to get through May's CT GOP convention and an August primary.
“My overall objective is to make the Republican ticket stronger,” Dominic Rapini told Reclaim Connecticut on Wednesday. “I will detail and constantly expose [Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)] for being one of the worst senators in Congress … [and] I will be punching with him on ideas.”
That’s Rapini’s battle plan for his U.S. Senate campaign, and that’s the message he’ll take to convention delegates at Foxwoods this weekend. CT GOP delegates will choose a Republican-endorsed candidate from between Rapini, Matt Corey, and Joe Visconti.
We checked in with Rapini 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.
“I’m well past the 15 percent already,” Rapini said. “I’ve had a team of people. I’ve called at least 950 of the delegates personally myself. That means I’ve either left a message or I’ve talked to hundreds of them.”
But Rapini wants to win convincingly this weekend.
“I’ve never had second place as a goal,” he said. “My goal is to win the convention. And to win it convincingly. To avoid a primary.”
Rapini argued he’s the best candidate to take on Murphy because he’s shown fundraising potential, raising $150,000-plus to a combined $20,000-plus from his two opponents.
WHAT IT TAKES TO BEAT MURPHY?
Rapini thinks he has the right recipe to beat Murphy.
“We have to do our research, and look who can raise money,” Rapini said, “and who can punch with ideas, and not just punch with insults and hyperbole.”
“I think I’m the only candidate that can do all of that,” Rapini concluded. “Stop thinking about nominating the guy from your neighborhood, and start nominating the guy who can make your ticket stronger.”
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