‘I stand with Chris Shays’

To the Editor:

Republican’s have an important choice on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the Senate primary.

I will be proudly casting my vote for Christopher Shays.

I worked for Chris Shays in his congressional office and learned a great deal from this rare statesman. Chris has exactly the right qualities people want in their public servants: Honesty, principles and a strong work ethic. He is my mentor.

The Norwich Bulletin said it best in its recent endorsement of Chris Shays: “Shays is old-school. He built a respectable and distinguished legislative record of accomplishment during a period when issues were debated on their merits and with civility. He is a statesman, something lacking in today’s highly charged partisan political environment that has given way to a dysfunctional government.

“A legislator who not only understands but appreciates the value of compromise, he has demonstrated time and time again throughout his career a willingness to listen to opposing points of view, and a commitment to finding a middle ground from which the best ideas are born.

“Shays is a moderate Republican who, in our opinion, reflects the views of the majority of Connecticut’s registered Republicans. His opponent has labeled him a “career politician,” insinuating that a career in public service is something to be avoided and looked down upon. Having such little experience herself in that arena, her disdain for those who have dedicated their lives to public service demonstrates a lack of understanding of what that actually entails.”

Our country is at a crossroads. We need elected leaders like Chris who are dedicated, committed and ready to serve! Republicans must stand on principle to win.

Please join me in standing up with Christopher Shays.

State Rep. Brenda L. Kupchick

132nd District

Fairfield and Southport

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