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EXCLUSIVE: Senate Candidate: Send “Blue-Collar, Small-Business Type” to D.C. Instead of Murphy

October 12, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Senate Candidate: Send “Blue-Collar, Small-Business Type” to D.C. Instead of Murphy

Reclaim Connecticut spoke to small business owner Matt Corey, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate race against Chris Murphy in 2018.

“Why don’t you take a blue-collar small-business type?”

That’s Matt Corey’s question to Connecticut voters in 2018, as he tries to unseat one-term Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

The stakes are high – Murphy is eyeing a 2020 run for president, according to some, and losing re-election would be a major blow to his plans.

Corey, a small business owner, thinks he has what it takes.

“What I’ve noticed, especially from 2006 to 2017, is we have a lot of people losing their jobs,” Corey said. “[We’re] watching businesses not only leave the state but also go overseas.”

Corey, who owns a small Irish pub and a high-rise window-cleaning company, said his focus in the U.S. Senate would be on creating more jobs for Connecticut.


Asked about his priorities if he is elected to the 100-member U.S. Senate, Corey cited tax reform and regulatory reform.

“President Trump has a — he wants to bring down the corporate tax rate, he wants to have a basic tax reform for the middle class,” Corey said. He criticized the Connecticut congressional delegation for “spew[ing] the same talking points” on tax reform, suggesting he supports a cut in the corporate tax rate.

Corey also talked about cutting regulations – including support for President Trump’s ‘cut two regulations for every one issued’ rule – boosting American energy, and relaxing Dodd-Frank rules for small community banks.

“We won’t be looking in from the outside” when it comes to jobs and competitiveness, Corey said.


Reclaim Connecticut asked Corey about Chris Murphy’s controversial fundraising appeal after the Las Vegas shooting.

“He put his campaign thing on the bottom thing but it didn’t matter,” Corey said. “Those three PACs [included in Murphy’s appeal] are backing Senator Murphy. So donating to any of those groups … I just thought that was the wrong thing to do.”

Corey says he would have used Murphy’s “money-raising power” to support the American Red Cross, or local charities in the Vegas area.

Asked about Murphy’s rumored political ambitions, and if he wants to run for president in 2020, Corey said “I think he probably does.”

“I can’t speak for Senator Murphy, but I would ask: what qualifies him to be president of the United States?”

Corey suggested Murphy is out of touch – “he doesn’t have a grasp of what Americans are suffering from” – and Corey added he’d be a better representative for Connecticut’s interests in Washington.