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EXCLUSIVE: Doctor and GOP Rep Says He Can “Revive” CT as Governor

May 5, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Doctor and GOP Rep Says He Can “Revive” CT as Governor

Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury), a doctor and resident of Glastonbury, spoke to Reclaim Connecticut on Thursday about budget battles and his run for governor.

“I need to revive Connecticut and make it prosperous.”

That was the answer Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) gave when asked why he’s running for governor in 2018.

The resident of Glastonbury explained that he’s been blessed, by hard work and the “infinite grace of God,” with success in Connecticut. But he warns:

“I don’t see our state having the same opportunities, the same kind of landscape what it was in 1980. And that is why I’m running.”

Srinivasan talked to Reclaim Connecticut on Thursday about his campaign, the budget, and more.

THIS “HAS TO STOP”

One theme of Srinivasan’s thoughts on politics and policy in Connecticut today? This “has to stop.”

That applied to the exodus of Connecticut residents from the state, excessive regulation, unpredictability for businesses, and more.

“From a business point of view, we need to create an environment where it is conducive and friendly to businesses to stay in this state,” Srinivasan said.

He called for a cut in burdensome regulations, and a more “stable, predictable environment” for businesses.”

“I’m a small business owner, [and] we shudder when we are in session from January and June,” he added, referencing possible tax hikes from the legislature.

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

Srinivasan is a physician, and owns his own practice.

“It’s a huge asset for me,” Srinivasan said. “You look a person in the eye, and connect with the person day in and day out” running a business, he added.

Srinivasan said that his experience as a doctor and small business owner has helped in the legislature, as well, where he needs to build relationships with Republicans and Democrats.

“I do not believe at all in saying ‘it’s my way or the highway’,” Srinivasan said. “It should not be.”

MORE DATES THAN EVER

Srinivasan is busy on the campaign trail, saying he’s out “every evening” visiting local Republican Town Committees (RTCs). His wife often joins him.

He jokes that he and his wife, who just celebrated their 40th anniversary, have been on more dates this year – to RTCs – than in the previous 39.

“I’m extremely fortunate,” Srinivasan said.

He’s aware the 2018 campaign is a long one, though.

“Reaching 169 towns is not going to be easy at all,” Srinivasan said.

“But I have the energy, I have the enthusiasm,” Srinivasan concluded. “I feel I have the experience as well to do what is right by our state.”

Srinivasan’s website is srinivasanforgovernor.com.