Rob’s Acceptance Speech for the 80th District Republican Nomination

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May 21, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

Hello and welcome.

I want to start off by saying that it has been a great honor to serve our community over the past two years. It has also been an honor to serve with Senator Joe Markley. I barely knew Joe on Election Day but he has since become one of my closest friends. For us to be able to serve in Hartford together is an amazing blessing and I am glad it worked out that way.

When I sat down to write this speech, the first thing I did was to take a look at what I had said two years ago. What was funny was that as I read, I realized that really not much has changed. Much of what I had written is unfortunately still very true.

I talked about why I made the decision to run for office and how I was tired of watching our state and our country get farther and farther from my vision and understanding of what America should be. I spoke about how bad things were (and are) and about how our leaders have put us all in debt, about how our state government spends too much and how this is how we have ended up as the most taxed state in the entire country. Depressing stuff, but what’s worse is that two years later, it’s all still true.

I talked about how there are answers to these problems and that there is a better way.

The Democrats and Governor Malloy’s response has been to spend more, borrow more, and tax more.

The answer is to do precisely the opposite of what has been done. Instead of spend more, spend less. Instead of borrow more, borrow less (or nothing at all, how about that?), and finally instead of tax more, tax less.

I also spoke about the poor state of our business climate. As a state, we are pricing ourselves out of the market for businesses to stay and operate here, let alone take the risk of starting a new business. Let’s reverse this trend and create an environment that is truly friendly to business and consumers. If we can keep our businesses here, then we can keep jobs here. Finally, I talked about how the answer is smaller government and the restoration of a free market that encourages entrepreneurs.

Since saying those words two years ago, I have done my best to fight for them as well. I promised I wouldn’t engage in wasteful government spending or vote for a single tax increase and I have kept both promises.

My proudest day as your State Representative came this past session when I got the opportunity to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and say many of these same things. And not just say it, but back it up as well. I was given the opportunity last year to participate in the drafting of the House Republican’s budget proposal. As you can imagine, this was a tremendous honor for a freshman legislator.

We offered a truly viable budget this past year that would have used common sense principles, an honest assessment of the facts, and finally, a serious effort to confront the problems we have now and not put them off until later. And we did it all without raising a single tax.

Unfortunately, common sense was in short supply in Hartford and the Governor’s budget that included billions in new and increased spending and also the largest tax increase in the history of our state passed instead.

Of course, there have been other big issues besides the budget – the death penalty, risk reduction credits, the ridiculous New Britain to Hartford bus-way and also the forced unionization of private small businesses in our state that Senator Markley and I have been fighting so hard against.

I ran for office two years ago and I am back here again today because I am genuinely concerned about our future.

In the simplest terms, I want future generations to experience an America I would recognize. To me that is an America with less government and more opportunity. It’s an America where hard work is rewarded and we reject the notion that government programs are the answer to our problems. Finally, we should expect, rather insist, that our elected representatives are honest, intelligent and just.

Most importantly, they need to share our values and understand where they come from.

I pledge to support legislation that will reverse our current economic decline by encouraging investment in business, in American ingenuity, and by shrinking the ballooning size of our government.

I will defend our 2nd amendment rights, fight for lower taxes and work hard to protect the freedoms guaranteed by our Connecticut State and US Constitutions.

I want to end by thanking the many people that have helped me since the beginning. There are so many folks who have made calls for me, helped put up signs, and did the hard work on fundraising and all the other things that go into a successful campaign. I can’t mention everyone here but I need to stop and pause to thank my parents, Charlie and Margaret Sampson and also Dennis Cleary and Doug Hageman. Your help has meant the world to me and I couldn’t have gotten this far without you.

Thank you for coming today and supporting my nomination and my campaign for another term as your State Representative.

Together we can create a better future for Connecticut.