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Shays, McKinney Endorse Kupchick

Ex-congressman Christopher Shays and State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) Sunday endorsed Brenda Kupchick in her bid for state representative in the 132nd District. Kupchick and Chris DeSanctis are seeking the Republican Party endorsement in a caucus on Tuesday, May 18 to decide who will face incumbent Democrat Tom Drew in November’s general election.

"Brenda Kupchick served for seven years in my congressional office as a constituent services representative and a trusted advisor. Brenda is one of the most dedicated public servants I have ever worked with. She is, above all, a passionate and effective advocate," said Shays, who served as the 4th District Congressman for 21 years. "I am confident Brenda will bring that same passion and effective advocacy to serving you and your neighbors in the Connecticut General Assembly.”

McKinney, who is in his sixth term in the State Senate representing the towns of Fairfield, Easton, Newtown and Weston, offered similar glowing praise. “As a small business owner and dedicated public servant, Brenda has earned a reputation for straight talk and results,” he said. “She has met the challenges of her responsibilities on the Fairfield RTM and in the constituent services offices for the Connecticut Senate Republicans and Congressman Shays with compassion and a tireless work ethic. Brenda knows first hand the challenges facing Connecticut’s small businesses and working families and shares my philosophy that state government must live within its means and reduce spending by eliminating waste and finding more efficient ways to deliver services.”

Following the endorsement, Kupchick said, “I’m so grateful for Congressman Shays’ and John’s support. John has been a tireless advocate for state government to live within its means. Unfortunately, instead of listening, Tom Drew and the Democratic supermajority in the legislature have chosen to spend more, tax more and borrow more. It’s time to hold them accountable for their actions.”

DeSanctis, when reached Monday morning, issued the following response: “Endorsements are nice, but candidates should follow them up with a specific plan, detailing what they actually believe in and want to do. Republican voters in our district care more about what distinguishes their choice of candidates from Democrat Tom Drew. As for me, I’m the only candidate who has taken a pledge with Americans for Tax Reform that commits me to never vote for higher taxes once elected. That’s how serious I am about reducing our cost of living. I’m also the only candidate that has endorsed enacting the state constitutional spending cap. Hartford just increased spending by 71 million, making the cap more important than ever. As a fiscal conservative, I believe my ideas on what needs to be done is resonating with the people in District 132.”

All registered Republicans in the 132nd District are eligible to vote at their normal polling place between 4 and 8 p.m. on May 18.

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