Sengle: "Samperi for 35th District State Representative"

"We need independent and new thinking in Hartford, not more of the same."


This letter is written by Phil Sengle:

The state is in debt again after the largest tax increase in history.  We are one of the worst states in which to keep and do business.  Our unemployment rate is high.  But we keep sending the same people, affiliated with the same party to Hartford, spending more of our money and expecting things to change.  Why are we in denial?   Don’t let party loyalty drive us over a cliff.  Having one party control in Hartford is a formula for disaster.  We are seeing the evidence.   Look at the $700 million mid-state busway which is a colossal waste.  Just as with the federal government, we can’t keep on this path.  We are going broke.  We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

So let’s try something new.  Send someone to Hartford whose motto is “Spend no more than you have” and “If it doesn’t work, get rid of it or fix it.”   I recommend to you John Samperi, our candidate for the 35th District State House Seat representing the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and part of Westbrook.  He is a small business owner who knows what a budget is and how to balance the books.  I know John personally and can tell you that common sense is John’s middle name.  His main goal is to make Connecticut business friendly so we have jobs and our children won’t leave.  With more business, our tax rates will start to go down.  Our current path is resulting in slow death and is unsustainable.

Here is John’s plan for Connecticut:  “Reduce expenses by eliminating inefficiencies and redundancies,” “Stop spending on programs or commissions that have little value,” “Be held accountable to the same accepted accounting standards as our towns,” “Enforce the constitutional spending cap,” “Fight to retain the reimbursement for school construction” (rumored to be at risk) and “Protect the property rights of shoreline residents (from state government incursion).”

Now let’s look at what is going on in our capital.  While Rome (aka Hartford) burns, our one party controlled legislature fiddles.  Instead of figuring out how to pay off our debt, how to stop accumulating new debt, and most importantly of all, how to take Connecticut from business unfriendly to at least business neutral and maybe someday business friendly, here is what they have been doing.  Legalizing the slippery slope of medical marijuana, repealing the death penalty, releasing violent felons early, the afore mentioned busway boondoggle, and higher taxes all around.  The same crowd will surly resurrect the bills stealing shoreline property rights that were proposed in the last legislative session.  Samperi will oppose these measures.

Now what about John Samperi’s opponent, Clinton Selectman Thomas Vicino?  Tom is a nice guy – I like him, but what is he likely to do in Hartford?  I grant you that “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”  However in observing Mr. Vicino on the Clinton Board of Selectman (BOS), I’ve noticed that he votes with the Democrat majority block all of the time.  In Hartford I expect he would do more of the same where the “go along” pressure from the majority party will be much greater.  That behavior is exactly what has ruined the state economically, chased our children away and makes Connecticut unfriendly to seniors. 

We need independent and new thinking in Hartford, not more of the same.  If this makes sense to you, vote for John Samperi on November 6th for State Representative in Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook.

--- Phil Sengle

R Alvin October 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Are you saying that that Mr. Samperi won't have the same pressure from his own party to vote the way his party wants him too?
Phil Sengle October 02, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Of course he will have pressure applied to him as all politicials do. The difference is that John will stand on conservative and sensible principles, giving him the courage to resist such pressure. If you ever meet Mr. Samperi you will soon realize that he is no push over and no career politician. He will tell you the unvarnished truth and not what you want to hear. So it's how you react to pressure that counts.
Dave Adametz October 02, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Anyone with an informed outlook can see what's going on in this state for themselves. We're rated among the ten worst states to do business in. We're rated among the ten worst states for retirees. We're rated among the ten worst states for property taxes. Go a Google search and look this up for yourselves. Regardless of whatever political party we belong to, we can all agree that we cannot allow things to continue this way. I've met both Mr. Vicino and Mr. Samperi. I like them both and I know both would represent us faithfully and honestly...but after taking a look at Mr. Vicino's web site (www.vicinoforstaterep.com) and Mr. Samperi's web site (www.samperi2012.com) to see where they stand, Mr. Samperi shows himself to be well informed on the issues and he has put great thought on how to deal with what's happening in the state. On the other hand, I see Mr. Vicino says little more about what he intends to do other than "He'll work for us". To all due respects to Mr. Vicino, he isn't exactly showing us that he even has a plan on what he's actually intending to do in Hartford even we do send him there. How is that any different than what we have now? We cannot afford to pay the price of partisan politics in this state any longer. Please cast an informed vote for John Samperi, this November.
R Alvin October 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Phil. With all do respect I have never talked to anyone running for office that doesn't talk out of both sides of their mouth. Mr. Scamperi will vote the party line if he wants to stay in office or the party will endorse another candidate the next election. Elected officials have got to work together to get us out of this mess because one party doesn't have all the answers.
Dave Adametz October 02, 2012 at 07:30 PM
R Alvin, with all due respect, it isn't the politicians in Hartford who endorse candidates, it's the primary (in this case, the 35th state district), which means it's people from Clinton, it's people from Killingworth, and it's people in Westbrook who voted to endorse him to represent them in Hartford. They all know Mr. Samperi and they know full well he's a straight shooter, and Mr. Samperi knows full well these people (and you) are the constituents he will represent, not the politicians in Hartford. For one thing, He's not some stuffy suit sitting behind a mahogany desk somewhere- he's easily approachable and you can contact him directly on his campaign web site. If you have any doubts about his character, ask him yourself. I can't say Mr. Samperi knows all the answers and I certainly can't say that what Mr. Samperi plans to do is the right course. What I can say is that after reviewing what Mr. Samperi plans to do and what Mr. Vicino plans to do as per their campaign web sites, I know that "let's try my idea" is still a better option to go with than "I don't know what to do".
R Alvin October 03, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I hope he is as good as you preach, but for me I want someone who will work accross party lines and if that's him I will be satisfied. I want to elect people who will listen to all sides and then make an informed decision and not just vote along party lines,either Democrat or Republican.
Phil Sengle October 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM
R Alvin: I'm glad to hear you say that. Mr. Samperi is his own man. If anything John will have many disagreements with the Hartford leadership of both parites as those leaders generally defend the status quo. John can't be pushed as you will see if you have a chance to meet him. I don't see Vicino opposing his leadership or working across party lines if his record of Democrat block voting in Clinton is any indication. Being a nice guy is not enough and often means "tell them what they want to hear".
Jane Scully Welch October 04, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I would like to see Mr Samperi in Clinton...has he knocked on any doors?...will he come to the FHF Apple Pie contest this week?...will he make an attempt to get to know all Clintonians...even those on the 'other side" I'd like to see him at CVFD Open House...things like this where he could meet all of us! We'll be looking for him!
Bruce Farmer October 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
John Samperi has been ALL OVER town several times including several meetings - he has visited with folks at Town Hall - the Memorial Day Parade - visited many residents "door to door" several times . I know him well and he has a plan for jobs, the economy, increased revenues and less government spending. Further, he will fight to reduce taxes AND make Ct.business friendly .
Robert A. Rioja October 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
John Samperi has been more than instrumental in helping his home town of Killingworth learn to live within its budget. He has worked hard to try to keep our elected officials honest and responsive to our needs. If his local successes are any indication, he would make a terrific state representative. I will vote for him every time he runs.


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