Monday, September 28, 2009
Connecticut Irish Endorse Sam Caligiuri for the United States Senate
It has taken Irish-Americans a full century to shed itself of the image the hopelessly corrupt, cigar chomping, whisky-sipping back room wheeler-dealer politician of old. As a result, like it or not, fair or unfair, the reality is, the Irish American elected official, especially in New England, is held to a higher standard.
We don’t know if Mister Dodd is a thief and a weasel. He appears to be a thief and a weasel and that does matter, especially in light his identification as a member of the Irish-American community.
That Mister Dodd has managed to embroil himself in an ethics controversy is one thing, but that he dragged the whole of Ireland into the ugly mix, and by proxy, the reputation of the American-Irish community with him, goes, as the Irish say, beyond the pale.
In endorsing State Senator Caligiuri, we understand that most of our readers are not Republican and so, to be clear, we are not endorsing a political party. We are endorsing a qualified, honest and decent man to represent our state in Washington.
Sam Caligiuri, Attorney, Mayor and State Senator, husband, parent and the son of working class immigrants, holds a pristine reputation for honesty, fairness and experience makes him the ideal citizen-legislator in the race.
A well liked and respected leader from overwhelmingly Democrat Waterbury, proves Caligiuri’s appeal to Connecticut voters. His record of accomplishment in service to the people, as mayor of Waterbury and as a well-respected member of the State Senate, is proof positive Caligiuri can and will work across the political spectrum to do what is right and what is best for the United States of America.
Based on his record, Sam Caligiuri is the common sense candidate who exemplifies the salt-of- the-earth character so desperately needed in a United States Senate that seems increasingly out of touch with the people.
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