EXCLUSIVE: CT-Gov. Fundraising Leader Srinivasan Shares His “End Game” With UsAugust 8, 2017
Prasad Srinivasan leads the gubernatorial field in fundraising. We talk to him about how he reached this point, and he shares his "end game" for the 2018 campaign.
State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) is not a household name. As of now, no one running for governor of Connecticut in 2018 is.
But in the all-important race to qualify for $1.3 million in primary election grants – which requires $250,000 in individual contributions, $225,000 of which must come from contributors in Connecticut – Srinivasan is leading a crowded field.
The state representative and doctor had raised $205,311 as of July 1, 2017, and told Reclaim Connecticut on Monday that he has surpassed the $235,000 mark as of this week. He hopes to reach the $250,000 mark by the end of August.
“We are very, very close to the finish line,” Srinivasan told us. “We are motivated, dedicated,” Srinivasan added, “to wrap it up as soon as we can.”
Hitting the fundraising goal will allow Srinivasan to devote more time to two ways he’s “mov[ing] this campaign forward”:
- Name recognition: “I need to have a name recognition, which obviously no candidate has statewide name recognition. I need to get my name out, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
- The end game: “We have to keep the end game in mind, right now.”
What does Srinivasan mean by the end game?
He means November 2018.
“My plan is to go to as many cities as possible,” Srinivasan said, noting that he has treated many patients in Hartford and Meriden over the years. “We are trying to reach out our platform, our message, through all communities simultaneously.”
The candidate noted that does not mean just holding fundraisers in cities.
“We have to realize that in the end game,” Srinivasan said, “we just cannot win the towns and expect to carry the day.”
We asked Srinivasan about the two subjects on many voters’ minds these days: 1) Connecticut’s budget crisis, and 2) the prospect of more tax hikes in the state.
On the first subject, Srinivasan said the focus must be on addressing “inefficiencies in our state.”
“I will shift more and more into the non-profit sector,” Srinivasan said, of expensive government programs. “Non-profits deliver quality care, with no compromise in care at all, at a far, far [more] reasonable cost.”
He also addressed state employee pensions and health benefits. He said it was unfortunate that the state passed Governor Malloy’s SEBAC agreement, calling the benefits that flow to state employees “unsustainable.”
TAXES: “ABSOLUTELY NO”
One thing that would be off the table for a Governor Srinivasan is tax hikes.
“Absolutely no,” Srinivasan said, when we asked about the Democratic proposal for raising the sales tax and for his general thoughts on raising taxes to balance the budget. “Absolutely no for both one as well as two.”
“Under the present Malloy administration, we have seen the few highest tax hikes against Connecticut,” Srinivasan said. “I voted against both of them.”
Wrapping up our discussion, Srinivasan noted that he came to Connecticut with $7.50 in his pocket.
“Look what this beautiful nation has given me,” Srinivasan said. “And now I see our state turning around, headed in the wrong direction.”
The doctor and state representative noted that he chose Connecticut, and he wants a future where people both choose and choose to stay in Connecticut.
“That’s my passion,” Srinivasan concluded. “To turn Connecticut into the same state that it was.”
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