CLOSING ARGUMENT: Mark Greenberg, Comptroller CandidateMay 4, 2018
Reclaim Connecticut spoke to Greenberg, a businessman and former congressional candidate now running for comptroller, this week.
What does Mark Greenberg, Republican candidate for state comptroller, want Reclaim Connecticut readers to know? The state has to approach the budget-making process “completely different than we have in the past.”
Greenberg thinks he’s the one with a different approach. Reclaim Connecticut caught up with Greenberg less than two weeks from the statewide GOP convention at Foxwoods. He’ll face off with First Selectman Kurt Miller (R-Seymour) for the Republican Party’s endorsement.
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.
Greenberg feels good about hitting 15 percent.
“Oh the 15 percent? I’m there already,” Greenberg said. “That’s easy. So I’m not worried about that at all.”
He feels good about his chances to win the party’s endorsement, too, citing a “tremendous response” from Republican Town Committee (RTC) meetings.
And if Greenberg goes into a primary, how will he distinguish himself from Miller?
“Well, you know, I distinguish myself in that I’ve offered some good fresh ideas for solving the state’s budget issues,” Greenberg said. “Of course, I also have greater name recognition than the other candidate does.”
For the latter claim, Greenberg cited television ads from his prior runs for the Fifth Congressional District.
“Frankly, I wish I didn’t have to have one,” Greenberg said, of a potential primary. “But since he’s likely to get his 15 percent, I have to deal with it.”
As for matching up with Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) in the fall, Greenberg seems even more confident.
“Well I think that’s pretty easy,” Greenberg said. “He’s distinguished himself by voting with his party on pretty much everything.”
Greenberg argued Lembo’s been a “rubber stamp” for Democrats.
Reclaim Connecticut also asked Greenberg about his decision to forgo a fourth run for the Fifth Congressional District, which attracted many potential candidates after the scandal involving Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.).
“I actually did some polling on it, and asked lots of people in the district, and spoke to the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] people as well,” Greenberg said.
“Then I had to deal with the reality that I’d be away from my wife and children 200 days a here,” Greenberg noted. “So I really decided that I’d be more effective as a state comptroller.”
“I can do more for the state of Connecticut” as comptroller, Greenberg argued, adding, “I can be with my family.”
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