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Connecticut Republicans Rally to Turn State Red [Photos]

"If we're going to win the hearts and minds of the people of Connecticut, we have to not just show them what we are against, but what we are for." — State Sen. John McKinney

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Connecticut Republicans have their eyes set on victory in November. And now that the primary is behind them, they plan to get there as a unified team with a consistent message focused on how they have the right answers to the problems facing the state and country.

To build momentum and mobilize, about 100 members of the GOP gathered Saturday at the Monroe residence of Mitch Beck for an event billed as The Rally for Republican Unity.

"Connecticut can be won and come November it will be won, and we're going to do it together," said Beck, a human resources professional who was a comedian for many years.

While the event was open to all regardless of political affiliation, it was an overwhelmingly Republican crowd; although one speaker, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, did point out a few in attendance who he said were Democrats there taking video for Congressman Jim Himes (D-4). Herbst turned to their camera with a message for the incumbent: "Start looking for a new job."

Westport resident Steve Obsitnik hopes to reclaim the Fourth Congressional District seat for Republicans. Prior to Himes' election, Chris Shays held the seat for 20 years. 

Despite that longstanding pocket of Republican control in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut's voting history has earned it blue state status. Indeed, it's that very track record of voting for Democrats that has led Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Rommey to all but written Connecticut off in this year's election, Beck said. But that is something Beck is simply not willing to accept.

So Beck reached out to the Romney campaign and, with their support, is now planning a series of "Connecticut Calls Our for Romney" nights in which Nutmeggers will call folks in swing states to drum up support for the former Massachusetts governor. Beck said he pitched the idea to the campaign with only one request: that Romney visit the state for one hour, in Trumbull.

The campaign hasn't said yes or no yet, Beck said. The hope is that Connecticut Calls Out for Romney will be such a success that Romney will have no choice but to come.

The Three-Step Plan for Victory

Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek took his iPad with him on stage to read the definition of unity, as told by Dictionary.com: "the state of being one; oneness."

Vavrek was among a handful of municipal leaders who turned out for the rally. Danbury, Shelton and Trumbull were also represented on the local level.

"We know how to govern," Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said. "We get it."

Of the state's 169 municipalities, about 100 are run by Republicans, Boughton said, citing it as evidence of the GOP's effectiveness.

Brookfield resident Michael O'Shaughnessy, an Army combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, shared his three-step plan for victory in November:

  1. "We have to be united behind our candidates."
  2. "We need to get our message to every voter."
  3. "Learn political judo ... Don't let [Democrats'] attacks gets us down. Let's use it against them."


In Their Own Words

Mark Boughton, Danbury Mayor

"As bad as things are — did I mention Democrats are bad? — we need to talk about how great we are ... we want to talk about our plans."

"We're right and they're wrong. If we want people to see the light we have to flip the switch."

Wayne Winsley, Third Congressional District Candidate

If Democrats retain control in November, Obama's 'hope and change' will turn to "hopelessness and spare change."

Steve Obsitnik, Fourth Congressional District Candidate

"We know that our fight is just. We know the facts are on our side."

Washington's spending is "radical, reckless and wrong."

"Together we will reach the top of that mountain."

John McKinney, State Senator

"We are going in the wrong direction."

"If we're going to win the hearts and minds of the people of Connecticut, we have to show them not just what we are against, but what we are for."

Editor's note: This article was updated to correctly state that Republicans have historically held the Fourth Congressional District seat.

MAC August 24, 2012 at 09:01 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is a must-see for those not wanting to be part the "moron vote" in November. "2016: Obama's America" is showing this weekend in Stamford at the Bow Tie Majestic, in Norwalk at the Bow Tie Royale, and at about a dozen other theaters around the state as found below: http://www.2016themovie.com/theaters/?state=CT "Mr. Obama is casting his net for the moron vote. I do not believe there are enough morons out there to re-elect him." Read more: TYRRELL: Obama's looking for the moron vote - Washington Times I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. that "there are [not] enough morons out there to re-elect him," because of what the poor Dem turnout in the recent Primary reveals about the great lack of enthusiasm now for their candidates, after their blatant failures with employment and the Economy. Also, Millions of Americans are 'waking up' and realizing their grave mistake in voting for Obama in 2008. This is affirmed by 1) Romney's huge fundraising success compared to Obama's desperation over his donations being way down. 2) The size of the crowds at their appearances, which are now embarrassingly SMALL for "the one" 3) People are apologizing for their votes for Obama to their better informed friends, and to luminaries such as Rush Limbaugh and Mayor Giuliani--both of which I heard on WABC just this afternoon.
MAC August 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is now the #1 box office movie in the U.S.! Don't miss it folks. It might be a "limited engagement," but is showing this weekend at the theaters found in the link above. We saw it last night--and the movie is riveting! I knew much of what is in it from reading Dinesh D'Souza's book "The Roots of Obama's Rage." In "2016: Obama's America" you will see not only Obama's unique background revealed, and his mentoring by communists and other radicals, but how he USED Americans' desire for fairness and to prove they were not racist, to hoodwink them into electing him to the most powerful office in the world. D'Souza also has a new book out: "Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream." "America as we know it—wealthy, powerful, assertive—is not what Obama wants. "He wants a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America happy to be one power among many, an America in decline so that other nations might rise—all in the name of global fairness. To Obama, the hated 'one percent' isn’t just wealthy Americans; it is America itself. In Obama’s view, America needs to be taken down a notch."... http://www.dineshdsouza.com/books/obamas-america/ Btw, Obama has been endorsed by the Communist Party USA.

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