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EXCLUSIVE: Murphy Challenger Dominic Rapini on Jobs, Coffee, and Canolis

July 5, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Murphy Challenger Dominic Rapini on Jobs, Coffee, and Canolis

The man taking on Chris Murphy in 2018 talked to Reclaim Connecticut about his platform, his background, and fundraising.

“I’m prepared to get off the sidelines, roll up my sleeves.”

Dominic Rapini is not a stereotypical political candidate. Then again, these are not stereotypical political times.

Rapini, a long-time Connecticut resident and Apple executive, recently announced he intends to challenge Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) for Connecticut’s junior U.S. Senate seat next year.

It’s a tall order. Murphy is raising hoards of cash from online donors, according to a Politico Pro report out Wednesday (paywalled), and is popular in blue-state Connecticut.

But Rapini seems up to the task. Politicians like Murphy and Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) are “not doing the thing it takes to grow our state,” Rapini said.


Rapini accused Murphy of “looking for another job” from his perch in the U.S. Senate. “He’s not thinking about Connecticut,” Rapini added.

When Reclaim Connecticut asked if Rapini thinks Murphy is going to run for president in 2020, Rapini did not hedge.

“I have no doubt he wants to run for president,” Rapini said. “That is his trajectory.”

Murphy recently claimed he’s not interested in running for president, but he’s on more than one short list of possible Democratic candidates.

Rapini suggested he’s not buying it. “I recognize a branding campaign when I see one,” the Apple executive said.


As for his own campaign, Rapini wants to talk about how to bring jobs back to Connecticut. “Good jobs,” Rapini said, “jobs which require skill.”

The way to do that, he suggested, is to cut taxes, reduce regulations, and bring a “business-friendly environment” back to Connecticut.

Rapini said that, from the U.S. Senate, he can be a partner with state leaders – who he hopes are Republicans come 2019 – to attract businesses and jobs to the state.


Of course, he has to beat Murphy first.

When asked how much money it will take to win, Rapini noted the “average spend for a U.S. Senate race is about $10.5 million.”

Rapini thinks he can win on $5 million, by spending efficiently.

“Murphy will raise more,” Rapini said. But “that’s money from Hollywood.”

Rapini also said he wants to talk to constituents. “I’m asking everybody to invite me to their home,” on what he’s calling a “Coffee and Canoli Tour.”

“I want to meet people,” Rapini concluded. “I want to meet taxpayers.”

Rapini’s campaign website is