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EXCLUSIVE: CT-Sen. Candidate Rapini: “Chris Murphy’s Gonna Need That Money”

October 31, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: CT-Sen. Candidate Rapini: “Chris Murphy’s Gonna Need That Money”

How Republican candidate Dominic Rapini plans to give Chris Murphy a run for his money, literally and figuratively, in 2018.

“Chris Murphy’s gonna need that money.”

That was Dominic Rapini’s first thought on the prospect of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) raising millions and millions of dollars for his 2018 re-election campaign.

“He’s gonna need that money,” Rapini said, “because in me he’s gonna find a candidate who’s very strong.”

Now, Rapini understands this is a tit-for-tat game. He said he’ll need to raise around $4 million “to mount a competitive race” with Murphy, an incumbent who Morning Consult says has a 53-percent approval rating in Connecticut.

“Great candidates can win with less money,” Rapini said, noting that he believes that happened this past November.

CHICKEN LITTLE

Rapini was not short on critiques of Murphy, the junior senator from Connecticut who has been in elected office for more than a decade now.

Connecticut “cannot afford Chris Murphy, who’s just a do-nothing senator,” Rapini said. Later, Rapini compared him to Chicken Little. “He complains about the sky falling, but he never comes back with a solution.”

Rapini, on the other hand, would be a senator who fights to stop the outflow of people from Connecticut, he argued in an interview on Monday.

“It’s only gonna stop if we make changes.”

TAX REFORM

Reclaim Connecticut asked Rapini about the GOP-led tax plan working its way through Congress. Murphy is almost guaranteed to be a ‘no’ vote.

“I like the general direction,” Rapini said. “There are elements of it that I need to understand better.”

Rapini cited concerns with proposed cuts to the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, because it would harm Connecticut taxpayers who pay “an onerous state income tax.” He also suggested he’s concerned with the plan to limit 401(k) contributions, saying a “core value” of the GOP is “personal responsibility.”

“We want to be able to go take care of ourselves and our families in a way that’s free and independent.”

THE CAMPAIGN

But, Rapini said, he’s learning a lot on the campaign trail.

“It’s going great,” he said. “I’m learning a lot, I’m meeting people all over the state of Connecticut.”

Rapini also talked at length about the recently-passed bipartisan budget, saying the months-long crisis is a product of failed Democratic leadership.

“Ten years of Malloy, and quite frankly Murphy, not doing anything to help us either,” Rapini said.

You can learn more about Rapini’s campaign at https://www.dominicforsenate.us/.