Monday, August 01, 2005

Q&A With John Nussbaum

Welcome, John Nussbaum, to Connecticut Local Politics!

John Nussbaum is a candidate for Secretary of the State. You can read my interview of him here. I will be posting the few questions I received ahead of time with the writer's name attached. Other than that, people should feel free to ask their own questions about all topics relevant to the Secretary of the State's race.

Mr. Nussbaum will be with us from 5:30-6:30.


JohnNussbaum said...


Ebpie said...

"I will weigh in on what I believe is real economic development for the State of Connecticut and the right ideas on how our state government can help create jobs and higher wages, regardless of whether these issues directly relate to the Secretary of the State's office."

Mr. Nussbaum, given the above quote from your interview on this website and the fact that you ran in 1998 and 2002 for governor, how will you convince voters that you really want to be Secretary of State and are not using the office as a stepping stone for higher office?

Genghis Conn said...

Hello, Mr. Nussbaum, and welcome to the blog! Let me begin by posting a question that a reader who couldn't be here today wrote in advance:

Eddie said,

Mr. Nussbaum, thanks for visiting this blog. I won't be around on Monday, so two questions, if I may:

1) (General question) Many people in Connecticut are convinced that the political process isn't working for them. What can the Secretary of the State do to help turn that around? Or, what will John Nussbaum in particular do to help turn that around?

2) (Sociable question) I see on your Web site that you study Connecticut history. What have you read lately that's really good?

JohnNussbaum said...

Hi Eddie,

I think the main reason people, like myself, do not believe the political process is working for them is that they do not feel that politicians are really even trying to solve our problems. If voters saw more action and results, or at least more political risk being taken, they would get more involved. Voters are increasingly being turned off by the smallness of our politicians.

What can I do as Secretary of the State? Well, first of all, I better make sure our vote is protected because if people lose confidence in the system of voting itself we are in big trouble. This has got to be the number one priority of the next Secretary of the State. But to answer your question directly, this office has always provided a huge platform to educate the public in democracy itself. It really should be a portal that guides people to learn more about their government and how they can get involved. The Secretary of the State should be a non-stop and very visible cheerleader of democracy. For example, all political leaders should spend more time in schools because most of our views are shaped by the people we meet at an early age. In CT, I would like to see if we can work with the schools to get young students to do the poll working on elections day. I think this would be a natural fit and an excellent way of apprenticing the next generation on the responsibilities of democracy. The students could get school credits and the towns could save money.

Your second question about CT history and a good book…I recently started ‘The Trout Pool Paradox’ by George Black about the Housatonic, Shepaug and Naugatuck rivers and their ecological history, industrial use, etc…it is a very interesting read so far on a very important subject.

JohnNussbaum said...

Hi Ebpie,

Fair question. I have faith in the voter being able to determine based on my ideas and agenda for the Secretary of the State's office whether my ambitions are for that office and the state of connecticut or for myself.

Anonymous said...

Are you planning to start a campaign blog like Audrey Blondin?

JohnNussbaum said...


We may do it later in the campaign but at this point any intractive communications will likely be directly in person with voters, or participating on sites like CT Local Politics.

Genghis Conn said...

Let me ask a quick follow-up to Anonymous's question, since no one else seems to be talking at the moment. Do you think that campaign blogs serve a useful purpose, or is candidate money better spent elsewhere?