From his Press Release:
"Governor Rell needs help getting Connecticut back on track, and she's just not getting it from Senator Finch," Russo said. "He talks a good game, but when it comes to crunch time, he hasn't delivered. Finch opposed the Governor's efforts to attract new employers to Connecticut, and he voted against the eliminating the car tax. Unlike Bill Finch, I'll work with the Governor to make these important proposals succeed."
Two years ago, Rob Russo ran an aggressive, energetic campaign and came close to defeating the incumbent. This year, Russo's campaign will offer new leadership on the issues that unite families across Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe, including tax reform, jobs and transportation. Over the course of the campaign, he'll speak with voters about ways to make Connecticut more affordable for families trying to raise kids, and more hospitable for businesses that provide good jobs.
"Bill Finch and his colleagues have avoided making the difficult policy choices that will make Connecticut stronger for the next generation," Russo said. "Their spend-happy ways are making the American Dream too expensive for too many Connecticut families. With Finch and his free-spending friends running the Assembly, the costs of raising a family and operating a business will only continue to grow-unless we make a change."
He obviously plans on using the Governor's popularity to his advantage. As he should; 2 years ago he lost by just over 3,000 votes largely because of the 2 to 1 margin against him in Bridgeport. He carried both Trumbull and Monroe but was obviously held back in Bridgeport largely due to the Presidential Election where Kerry destroyed Bush at the polls. With Rell's popularity and her position on the top of the ticket, anyway he can tie into her is certainly going to help him close the gap.
This should be a tight race and is very much winnable for Russo. As a former Rell staffer, expect her to support him openly. Russo is a young energetic guy who knows how to raise money and should excite residents as well as Party Leaders. Russo and Finch both ran clean campaigns for the most part 2 years ago although Finch claims that negative phone calls cost him votes in Trumbull.
This time around Russo has instant ammunition on what seems to be the same theme as 2004. In explaining one of the reasons people should re-elect him in 2004, Finch stated, "I've gotten the ball rolling in Hartford to reform property taxes and I want to see it through."
It must be a small ball because I haven't seen it.
Russo is a proponent of decreasing spending to lower taxes, an idea I applaud him for. He brought new ideas to the transportation quagmire last time around and expect to see that and job creation along with the tax issues as the platform of his campaign. Add that to his name recognition from 2004 and like the Red Sox and Yankess, this one will be one to watch!
Press Release from Rob Russo, May 9, 2006 ;
Finch and Russo Battle for Senate, Brad Durrell, Bridgeport News, October 21, 2004 ;
Democrats Sweep City, Brad Durrell, Bridgeport News, November 4, 2004