Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com For Congress Wed, 08 Sep 2010 17:17:19 +0000 en hourly 1 Caligiuri Says New Stimulus Proposal is the ‘Wrong Way’ to Grow the Economyhttp://samforcongress.com/news/caligiuri-says-new-stimulus-proposal-is-the-%e2%80%98wrong-way%e2%80%99-to-grow-the-economy/42746/ http://samforcongress.com/news/caligiuri-says-new-stimulus-proposal-is-the-%e2%80%98wrong-way%e2%80%99-to-grow-the-economy/42746/#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2010 17:17:19 +0000 Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com/?p=746 Calls on Murphy to Oppose $50 Billion Stimulus Bill

Waterbury, CT – Today Sam Caligiuri, Republican Nominee for Congress (CT-5), criticized President Obama’s proposal to create yet another stimulus package, and called on Representative Chris Murphy to reject the measure in Congress.

“This latest ‘stimulus’ package is the wrong way to stimulate the economy, and Chris Murphy should oppose it. The bill will force us to spend another $50 billion we do not have, and ignores the fact that the federal government is woefully inefficient – it has not yet spent $20 billion in infrastructure funding from the last stimulus package that was passed over 18 months ago. Of equal concern is the centerpiece of this legislation, which is the creation of an entirely new government-run bank that supporters say will be modeled after Fannie Mae. The last thing we need is a new government agency, let alone one like Fannie Mae,” said Caligiuri.

“There is a better way to stimulate economic growth quickly. Chris Murphy should oppose this proposal and reverse his opposition to extending all the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Murphy’s opposition to the tax cut extension amounts to a huge tax increase for many small businesses in Connecticut.”

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BREAKING NEWS: CALIGIURI AND MURPHY IN STATISTICAL TIEhttp://samforcongress.com/news/breaking-news-caligiuri-and-murphy-in-statistical-tie/42743/ http://samforcongress.com/news/breaking-news-caligiuri-and-murphy-in-statistical-tie/42743/#comments Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:10:26 +0000 tiffany http://samforcongress.com/?p=743 Poll Shows Caligiuri Surging to 39%, Murphy at 40%

Waterbury, CT – Just-released poll numbers show that Sam Caligiuri is well positioned to win in November.

Today the Caligiuri Campaign released poll results showing that Sam Caligiuri, the Republican Nominee for Congress (CT-5), is a single point behind Chris Murphy. This amounts to a statistical tie. In a head-to-head matchup, 39% of respondents favored Caligiuri while 40% favored Murphy. This represents a huge gain for Caligiuri and a significant loss for Murphy, as Murphy was leading Caligiuri 49% to 28% in an October 2009 poll conducted by the same firm.

Adam Geller, the nationally recognized pollster whose company, National Research, Inc., conducted the poll notes that polling under 50% “bodes poorly” for an incumbent, and Murphy is under 45%. “All of the evidence points to an incumbent who is losing steam, and a challenger who has essentially closed the gap,” said Geller. He added that Caligiuri “tied the score at the end of the 3rd quarter” and has “all the momentum heading into the fourth quarter.”

“This is proof that Chris Murphy’s support for Nancy Pelosi’s far-left policies is catching up with him, and that my message and record of fiscal conservatism is resonating. Voters in our District did not want Obamacare, but Chris Murphy wants to take that legislation even further and create a public option. Voters did not want the Wall Street bailouts or the so-called ‘stimulus’ package Murphy voted for, and they do not want the Cap and Trade bill he co-sponsored. He is out of touch with his constituents, leaving them desperate for better, more responsive leadership in Washington,” said Caligiuri. “I am thrilled that the fiscally responsible policies I am promoting are giving them hope that we can reverse this course and get our economy growing again.”

Other key data points from the poll show that:

• In the hard re-elect question, only 36% believe Chris Murphy has performed his job in Congress well enough to deserve re-election, while 45% think it’s time for a new person.

• In an ominous sign for the party in power, only 29% of voters believe the county is heading in the right direction, while 63% believe things are off on the wrong track. This number has gotten worse over the past 10 months: In October, 2009, the right direction/wrong track number was 35%-54%.

• The generic ballot favors Republicans, 41%-38%. Among unaffiliated voters, the generic Republican leads 38%-32%.

• In the “gas pedal/brake pedal” question, 54% prefer a Republican who will oppose Obama and Pelosi, and 36% prefer a Democrat who will support Obama and Pelosi. This represents a stunning shift from October, 2009, when 41% preferred a Republican and 40% preferred a Democrat. Among unaffiliated voters, 57% prefer a Republican and 31% prefer a Democrat.

The August 30-31 poll surveyed 400 likely voters in Connecticut’s Fifth District. National Research, Inc.’s clients include the National Republican Congressional Committee, Governor Chris Christie, and Republican elected officials throughout the country.

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Labor Day Statementhttp://samforcongress.com/news/labor-day-statement/42740/ http://samforcongress.com/news/labor-day-statement/42740/#comments Mon, 06 Sep 2010 12:19:35 +0000 Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com/?p=740 Waterbury, CT – “This Labor Day, we honor the men and women of our great American workforce. But when our District has over 38,000 unemployed residents , it is clear that the policies of Chris Murphy and Nancy Pelosi are not honoring – and not working – for residents in Connecticut,” said Sam Caligiuri, Republican Nominee for Congress (CT-5). “We have an abundance of talented, industrious workers in Connecticut and across the country. They are the strength of our economy. It is shameful so many are unemployed as a direct result of this Congress’ persistence in making it incredibly difficult for the private sector to create jobs, and Chris Murphy’s steadfast support of those policies. The key to success in the next Congress will be reversing Nancy Pelosi’s tax-and-spend policies which will reduce the tax burdens on families and businesses. This is what I would fight for in Congress – it is the only time-tested way to grow the economy and create jobs.”

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Race of the Day: Battle in the Nutmeg Statehttp://samforcongress.com/news/race-of-the-day-battle-in-the-nutmeg-state/42734/ http://samforcongress.com/news/race-of-the-day-battle-in-the-nutmeg-state/42734/#comments Thu, 02 Sep 2010 20:09:59 +0000 Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com/?p=734 by Brian Walsh, from townhall.com

Chris Murphy could very well be the victim of his own fortune on November 2nd. Riding high on the waves of the anti-status quo sentiment that swept him into office in 2006, he also held on to his seat in 2008 thanks to Obama fever. But Americans have woken up to the disastrous policies of this Congress and Administration and once again are hungry for change—and that spells trouble for Murphy. As his opponent, Sam Caliguiri, puts into motion a calculated campaign, Murphy may find himself, for the first time, out of luck.

While Connecticut leans Democratic, the Fifth District is the most Republican in the Nutmeg State and voters are ready to put some red in the state’s all-blue congressional delegation. Comprising much of the state’s western region, it encompasses the northern part of Fairfield County and includes cities and towns such as Danbury, Waterbury, and Meriden. Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson represented the area for nearly 25 years before she was defeated by Murphy in 2006. George W. Bush and John Kerry essentially tied here in 2004–each pulled in 49% of the vote in 2004–while the district went to President Obama in 2008 after he garnered 56 percent of the vote. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+2, this District is by no means safe for Democrats—and they know it.

Murphy got lucky: he was opportunistic and capitalized on the Democrat wave in 2006 and beat longtime Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson. He can thank the emotional frenzy the Obama campaign ushered in for his reelection in 2008. Unfortunately, he viewed that luck as a mandate to completely abandon the district’s independent tendencies for a liberal national agenda. Murphy seems to have forgotten the meaning of the word ‘independent’ as he has consistently voted for the Democrats’ irresponsible tax-and-spend ways: the stimulus, health care reform, and the bailouts all received his support. So while his constituents want jobs and economic stability first and foremost, he’s busy voting for measures that will drown future generations in debt and sink local businesses. Even worse, he’s doing this all the while eyeing his next move up the political ladder.

Connecticut state Senator Sam Caligiuri won the primary last month and is looking to help right the wrongs of Murphy’s tenure. A former mayor of Waterbury, Caligiuri is ready to forge a tough and aggressive campaign to boot Murphy out of his seat and to let his constituents know they have an ally for less spending and lower taxes in Congress. His track record proves that he’s a committed public servant who has effectively reined in budgets and created jobs. And during his time as mayor, Caligiuri also led the most aggressive municipal ethics reform effort in Connecticut history.

Where Murphy put his own best interests first, Caligiuri is ready to go to bat for his constituents. His support reaches beyond just Republicans. Caligiuri recently picked up the backing of state’s Independent Party, a significant group of voters who share Caligiuri’s values of less spending, lower taxes, and more jobs. On in their endorsement, the Independent Party of Connecticut cited Murphy’s role in a “Congress [that] has promoted policies of over-taxation and over-regulation,” stripping him of any credibility as an independent-minded representative. Caliguiri, however, “will help combat this agenda by fighting for individual freedoms and supporting our free market economy”.

As we know all too well, the Democrats’ loyal support for their party’s reckless agenda has proven disastrous for our country. This fall, that can change. Voters have the opportunity to send a very strong message Washington, and people like Sam Caligiuri can help write it. Americans want leaders. They want to be heard. Murphy forgot this, but Caliguiri won’t.

For more information, or to show your support, please visit www.samforcongress.com, or visit his Facebook and Twitter pages.

See http://townhall.com/columnists/BrianWalsh/2010/09/02/2010_race_of_the_day_battle_in_the_nutmeg_state for full article.

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Independent Party of Connecticut Endorses Caligiurihttp://samforcongress.com/news/independent-party-of-connecticut-endorses-caligiuri/42731/ http://samforcongress.com/news/independent-party-of-connecticut-endorses-caligiuri/42731/#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 17:33:10 +0000 Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com/?p=731 Waterbury, CT – Today the Independent Party of Connecticut announced that it has endorsed Sam Caligiuri’s candidacy for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District.

“The Independent Party is proud to endorse Sam Caligiuri’s candidacy. This Congress has promoted policies of over-taxation and over-regulation. Sam will help combat this agenda by fighting for individual freedoms and supporting our free market economy. He has a proven track record of being an independent voice and has stood up to political pressure to do what is best for the taxpayers, which paints a stark contrast to Chris Murphy’s lockstep support of Nancy Pelosi’s policies,” said Dr. Robert Fand, an agent of the Independent Party and moderator of the Caucus where Caligiuri was endorsed. “It is Sam’s record as an independent voice and a proven fiscal conservative that resonates with Independents throughout our District.”

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, and I appreciate their work to engage voters who want to correct the course our nation is on, but who may not identify strictly with one party or another. I am eager to offer independent voters a better way forward to a thriving economy,” said Caligiuri.

Caligiuri will appear on the November 2nd election ballot as both the Republican and Independent Parties’ Nominee for Congress, having also secured the Republican nomination in the August 10th Republican Primary.

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Caligiuri Ties Dismal Economic Growth to the Murphy-Pelosi Agendahttp://samforcongress.com/news/caligiuri-ties-dismal-economic-growth-to-the-murphy-pelosi-agenda/42728/ http://samforcongress.com/news/caligiuri-ties-dismal-economic-growth-to-the-murphy-pelosi-agenda/42728/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:08:08 +0000 Sam http://samforcongress.com/?p=728 Waterbury, CT – Sam Caligiuri, Republican Nominee for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District, links Democratic incumbent Chris Murphy’s support for Pelosi’s agenda to the dismal economic growth the government is now reporting. Initial reports issued last month showed an already bleak 2.4% growth in gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2010, but today the government issued a revised report showing that growth was actually only 1.6%.

“This is a direct result of Pelosi’s failed stimulus plan – which Chris Murphy eagerly supported – and the increase in deficit spending from a string of unaffordable bills like the $1 trillion health care reform. Spending trillions of dollars while our debt soars stifles any real economic growth,” said Caligiuri. “We can’t expect our economy to improve until we restore fiscal responsibility to Washington. That means reducing federal spending so that we can put money back into the economy by cutting taxes, not raising them as Chris Murphy has supported.”

In addition to advocating for reducing federal spending, Caligiuri is a strong proponent of extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. In Connecticut’s Fifth District, expiration of these tax cuts means and additional $1,800 in taxes for the average family next year. Murphy opposes extension of these tax cuts.

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Caligiuri Captures Three-Way GOP Congressional 5th District Primaryhttp://samforcongress.com/uncategorized/caligiuri-captures-three-way-gop-congressional-5th-district-primary/42723/ http://samforcongress.com/uncategorized/caligiuri-captures-three-way-gop-congressional-5th-district-primary/42723/#comments Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:13:30 +0000 tiffany http://samforcongress.com/?p=723 From the Litchfield County Times:
by Scott Benjamin
State Sen. Sam Caligiuri (R-Waterbury) captured a three-way primary for the GOP nomination in the Fifth Congressional District Tuesday, saying that this fall his race with two-term Democratic incumbent Chris Murphy of Cheshire will focus on “competing visions” regarding their positions on economic stimulus, health-care reform and achieving energy independence.

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BREAKING NEWS: Sam Wins the Republican Primary!http://samforcongress.com/news/breaking-news-sam-wins-the-republican-primary/42721/ http://samforcongress.com/news/breaking-news-sam-wins-the-republican-primary/42721/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:44:21 +0000 tiffany http://samforcongress.com/?p=721 Caligiuri Wins Republican Primary, Ready To Take On Chris Murphy

August 10, 2010 CONTACT: Tiffany Romero Grossman
Tiffany@SamforCongress.com (860) 329-2069
For Immediate Release

Waterbury, CT – Today Sam Caligiuri, Republican candidate for Congress (CT-5), won the August 10th Republican Primary.

“I am grateful to all of you for your steadfast support these past several months, and to the thousands of voters who went to the polls today to cast their vote for fiscal responsibility and to show their support for a fundamental change in the direction of our country. This is a critical election because we can – and must – take this seat back from Chris Murphy if we are to stop the out of control spending and crushing taxes our families and businesses face.

I am honored that Fifth District Republicans have put their faith in my candidacy and believe that I am the strongest candidate to face Chris Murphy in November,” said Caligiuri to a crowded room full of supporters. “Sharing the campaign trail with Justin Bernier and Mark Greenberg has been an honor, and I look forward to working with them to take this seat back.”

Caligiuri wasted no time in telling supporters that his campaign is coming out of the gate swinging.
“This race is not about personalities – it is about issues. Our nation is facing unprecedented unemployment and a surging national deficit, but Murphy still supports unaffordable policies like public option health care and additional stimulus packages. Murphy is trying to tackle our biggest problems by growing the size and cost of government in his support of the Pelosi-Obama agenda. There is a better way to tackle these problems. Growing our economy means cutting taxes and spending across the board. At a time when families and businesses are struggling to stay afloat, we need leaders who understand that fewer tax burdens are what will get our economy back on the right track. My campaign will focus on presenting voters with the better solutions to our problems, and keeping government out of the way so that the private sector can begin creating jobs and we can make our way out of this recession. I look forward to taking this message to voters along the campaign trail.”

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Connecticut Pro-Life Leader Peter Wolfgang Endorses Sam Caligiurihttp://samforcongress.com/news/connecticut-pro-life-leader-peter-wolfgang-endorses-sam-caligiuri/42718/ http://samforcongress.com/news/connecticut-pro-life-leader-peter-wolfgang-endorses-sam-caligiuri/42718/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:10:51 +0000 Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com/?p=718 Waterbury, CT – Today the Caligiuri Campaign announced that Peter Wolfgang, President of Family Institute of Connecticut Action, has endorsed Caligiuri’s candidacy for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District. Wolfgang’s endorsement shows that Sam’s proven record of conservatism is resonating not only with the Republicans in the Fifth District, but also with grassroots leaders.

“Pro-life and pro-family Republicans in the 5th District—my district—have a historic opportunity to elect to Congress the candidate we have been waiting for: Sam Caligiuri. As a State Senator, Sam stood up for marriage and the family—and won the respect of a state GOP that has not always been friendly to our values. A man of honor, integrity and fortitude, Sam is the best chance we have had in over 20 years to elect a Congressman from Connecticut who speaks for us,” Wolfgang said. “On Tuesday, August 10th I urge every Republican in our district to vote for the only candidate who has a proven record on family issues and the ability to defeat anti-family incumbent Chris Murphy: Sam Caligiuri.”

“Peter is an exceptional leader for the pro-family movement here in Connecticut, and I am honored to have earned his endorsement. He is an incredible resource to our state in that he has revived social conservatism in Connecticut and provided it with an articulate and sophisticated voice. I look forward to working with him to rally the grassroots coalitions and ensure that we unseat Chris Murphy,” said Caligiuri.

As President of Family Institute of Connecticut Action, Wolfgang leads the charge for the protection of marriage, human life and religious liberty throughout our state. He spearheads efforts to educate voters on state and federal legislation, and provides assistance to pro-family efforts in towns throughout Connecticut.

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Caligiuri Earns National Endorsement from Business-Industry Organizationhttp://samforcongress.com/news/caligiuri-earns-national-endorsement-from-business-industry-organization/42713/ http://samforcongress.com/news/caligiuri-earns-national-endorsement-from-business-industry-organization/42713/#comments Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:41:47 +0000 Sam Caligiuri http://samforcongress.com/?p=713 Sam is a “fiscal reformer who brings fiscal common sense and accountability to a deficit dependent Congress”

Waterbury, CT – Today Sam Caligiuri adds to his mounting local support another national endorsement, this time from the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC). BIPAC endorses candidates who share their goals of “lower tax policies for a stronger economy, affordable and quality health care, a competitive, educated workforce, and reliable, affordable energy and a sustainable environment.” Caligiuri was one of sixteen candidates to be endorsed in this round, and one of only two New England candidates. To date, BIPAC has endorsed only 19 House candidates nationally. Sam is the only candidate for federal office running in Connecticut to receive BIPAC’s endorsement.

In a letter to Caligiuri, BIPAC President and CEO Gregory Casey told Sam that, “Whether one lives in Danbury or Waterbury, or in the older factory towns or communities populated by corporate executives, everyone worries about how to balance a family budget in an uncertain job market. You are a fiscal reformer who brings fiscal common sense and accountability to a deficit dependent Congress. Your commitment to job growth is not based on happy talk or whimsical promises but on sober conversations with voters who just want someone to level with them. We know you will be a strong voice for economic prosperity in the 112th Congress.”

“I am honored that BIPAC believes I present the better way to grow jobs and fixing our economy than the unaffordable policies Congressman Chris Murphy and this Democrat-led Congress have supported. BIPAC works tirelessly for America’s business community and understands what it takes for businesses to grow jobs,” said Caligiuri.

Established in 1963, BIPAC is the oldest business political action committee in the country. Over 4,000 businesses are currently associated with BIPAC.

Caligiuri won the nomination at the May Republican convention with nearly 68% of the vote.

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