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EXCLUSIVE: GOP Statewide Candidate Obsitnik Talks the Budget, “Career Politicians”

April 19, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: GOP Statewide Candidate Obsitnik Talks the Budget, “Career Politicians”

Businessman Steve Obsitnik, exploring a run for statewide office, talked to Reclaim Connecticut about problems in the state, and why he thinks "career politicians" can't fix it.

Businessman Steve Obsitnik painted a vivid picture of the state of the state on Tuesday.

Every day, Obsitnik said, “eight families are packing up the U-Haul” truck and leaving Connecticut. The businessman was referencing a statistic he said he thinks about frequently: that “every day a net 32 people leave Connecticut.”

Obsitnik said that’s what is motivating him to explore a run for statewide office, which he said “includes” the possibility of running for governor. “We need a fresh set of eyes,” the lifetime resident of Connecticut said.

Obsitnik was the Republican nominee for Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District in 2012, losing to incumbent Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) in a presidential election year. As he explores a run for statewide office in 2018, he talked to Reclaim Connecticut about a number of issues facing the state.

MALLOY’S BUDGET

Unsurprisingly, Obsitnik is opposed to the budget of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.). To voice his opposition, though, Obsitnik compared the process to the amount of time he has spent in the state.

“I graduated from Stamford High over 30 years ago,” Obsitnik said, and “nothing has changed in this state since I graduated.”

Obsitnik referenced “zero economic growth,” the loss of General Electric (GE), and the “potential loss of Aetna” as reasons why Malloy’s budget is just “another path down this road to ruin.”

TOLLS

Obsitnik also opposes tolls, one of the hot-button issues in the legislature right now.

“I think tolls is another example, right now, of trying to look for small ideas to fill budget holes,” Obsitnik said. “I think we need more innovation in our system to attract and retain people to Connecticut. The path to Connecticut’s future is to make people want to move here, live here, raise a family here, and retire here.”

ROOTS

Throughout the interview, Obsitnik returned to his roots, from his time in the state (“I’m a local kid”) to what his time in the Naval Academy taught him about budgeting (you can’t “[push] the problem off on somebody else,” he said).

Obsitnik stressed that he has created “the type of jobs that we need in Connecticut,” something that “career politicians” don’t bring to the table.

“CAREER POLITICIANS”

Speaking of career politicians, Obsitnik returned to that theme frequently.

“I just come to the point that i realize that the problems that we face aren’t gonna be solved by career politicians in Hartford,” Obsitnik said.

Rather, the businessman stressed, Connecticut needs someone with a “breadth of experience” leading the state.

Time will tell whether voters choose Obsitnik, but he’s going to continue to campaign with vigor. “This is something that I’m very passionate about,” Obsitnik said.