A former congressman who is taking aim at U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd told Bristol Republicans Friday that his opponent “used his office for personal gain.”
Rob Simmons, the likely GOP candidate in 2010 for the Senate seat held by Dodd, said that Connecticut’s senior senator has taken sweetheart deals from mortgage companies he regulates, made money off an Irish cottage deal he made with a former felon and failed to oversee the housing and financial markets that his banking committee has responsibility for keeping an eye on.
Dodd “flip-flopped” this week on the question of whether he approved a bill that allowed AIG executives to receive large bonuses after receiving billions in taxpayer aid, Simmons said, and ultimately said he merely took orders from the treasury secretary.
“Since when does the powerful chairman of the Senate banking and housing committee take secret orders from the administration to protect millions of dollars of bonuses for bailed out executives?” Simmons asked.
Dodd said in a statement this week that “reports that I changed my position on this issue are simply untrue” and that he has always been a leader in fighting against excessive executive compensation.
Simmons is the only declared Republican senatorial candidate. He announced his intention to run on Sunday, making his foray to
Among the other potential Republican contenders is state Sen. Sam Caligiuri of
Simmons told about 60 GOP leaders at Nuchies that he is “proud to be a Republican” and that he is determined to help bring “real change” to
Emphasizing his commitment to free enterprise and small business, Simmons said that government’s role is to help those who can’t help themselves, not “a way of helping ourselves.”
“We need more good private sector jobs, not public sector bureaucrats,” he said. “We need to grow the economy, not the government.”
Pointing to his background as a U.S. Army officer, Simmons said, “I did not spend four years in
Bristol Republicans at the annual Lincoln Day dinner said they were impressed with the former congressman who served southeastern
“He’s spot on,” said former state House Minority Leader Edward Krawiecki, Jr who once recruited Simmons to run for the state legislature.
Simmons “is a great guy with a wealth of knowledge. He’s bright. He’s talented. He understands how
“I think I could beat Dodd,” said Rimcoski, a veteran Republican councilor.
Republicans honored candidates
As part of their yearly Lincoln Day dinner, the city’s GOP honored its candidates for 2008, including state Rep. Bill Hamzy, a Plymouth Republican whose 78th District includes part of
They also honored unsuccessful 77th District contender Jill Fitzgerald and had a moment of silence for both men who ran in the 79th District, Derek Jerome and David Norton, each of whom died.
The party added former city Republican Chairman Whit Betts to its auxiliary to honor his long record of support for the GOP in
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