“The only [difference] between Mr. Lumaj and the president is the color of their hair,” said Nick Balletto, chairman of the Democratic party in Connecticut. “He runs down the line of being with Donald Trump on all his positions.” Lumaj, a 50-year-old attorney and married father of three from Fairfield… Read the full story here.
Peter Lumaj discusses his run for Governor and his plan for a #FreshStart4CT with Host and Barkhamsted RTC Chairwoman Juliana Simone. Watch here.
By Mark Davis – News 8
Attorney Peter Lumaj of Fairfield, a conservative Republican seeking the party nomination for Governor has proposed selling the Governor’s residence as a gesture of belt tightening. Read and watch the full story here.
By Stephanie Kim – The Hour
Peter Lumaj, an immigration attorney from Fairfield, said the first few issues he’d tackle as governor would be to reform statewide agencies, the state income tax and the welfare system. He also shot down tolls and adding more taxes. And he vowed to push away “socialism (that) is coming to the United States” — which he said bears similarities to the Communist regime he fled from in his native country of Albania in the 1980s.
“If we make these changes right away, and if we go to Hartford with the character and the fortitude of dismantling the mentality that we have in Hartford right now, we can change the state around,” said Lumaj, who lost in a close race for secretary of state in 2014. “Only someone who’s a compete outsider, like I am, can make those changes.” Read the full story here.
By Neil Vigdor – CT Post
“Let them go bankrupt!” That was the subject line of an email Friday from Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj to his supporters blasting the state’s imminent bailout of Hartford. Read the full story here.
By Max Reiss – NBC Connecticut
Take Peter Lumaj, a Republican running for governor. Lumaj said of the estate at the corner of Prospect and Asylum Hartford, “When you run for governor, or any position in the government, I don’t think that should be about perks, that should be about service.”
Lumaj recommends using the property as a way to raise revenue for the state of Connecticut. He even said he would commute from his Fairfield County home in order to save money on the Residence. He said the cost of security would pale in comparison to management of the estate. Read and watch the story here.
By Russell Blair – Hartford Courant
Fairfield Republican Peter Lumaj – who is running on a platform calling for a double-digit percentage cuts across all state agencies and departments – would immediately put the residence up for sale if elected. Read the full story here.
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February 9, 2018
Southington, CT – Peter Lumaj, Conservative Republican for Governor, hit back against the Malloy Administration’s “imminent deal” to bailout the City of Hartford this morning. Lumaj stated that “This move is irresponsible and places an undue burden on the backs of taxpayer’s in cities and towns who are able to manage their finances properly. This is an attempt, by Malloy, to punish successful towns and redistribute wealth to his political allies.”
Lumaj continued, “When the state rewards the reckless spending and carelessness of city politicians, it keeps failed leadership in place for another generation. Constantly bailing out Hartford creates systematic failure – and we simply cannot afford to do it. The state needs to force Hartford residents to come face-to-face with their own financial reality. The reality is, failed liberal Democrat policies and payouts are dismantling self reliance and it is in turn destroying our inner cities. These decisions are prolonging cycles of failure and poverty.”
“We need to create a fresh start for Connecticut. We can save our inner cities by creating an environment for economic growth and investment. This starts with tax cuts reigning in the size, scope and cost of government and then prioritizing our spending. It’s time to stop putting band aids on our problems and address them for what they are. As Governor, it will be my job to fight for each and every citizen of this great state, but I will NOT reward failure.”
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Wolcott, CT, February 6, 2018 – The Wolcott Republican Town Committee has announced it’s endorsement of Peter Lumaj for Governor of Connecticut in 2018. At their monthly meeting on January 25th, the Wolcott Republican Town Committee discussed the upcoming gubernatorial election and other state races.
After discussion, a motion was introduced for an official town committee endorsement. The Wolcott RTC voted unanimously to endorse Peter Lumaj’s campaign effort to bring common sense conservative principals back to Hartford as the next Governor of our state.
Wolcott Town Committee Chairman Sean Hughes echoed the committee’s decision stating, “Peter Lumaj is the right man at the right time to save our state from the failed liberal policies of Dan, Dannel, Dan Malloy and the career politicians that continue to support his destruction of our state’s economy.” Hughes goes on to say, “Peter’s principled approach which is based on Constitutional limited government, personal responsibility and economic freedom, is what will win back control of Connecticut for taxpayers and families in November.”
The Wolcott Republican Town Committee is the third town committee to publicly endorse Peter Lumaj for Governor in 2018.
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Wolcott, CT, February 1, 2018 – Peter Lumaj, Conservative Republican for Governor, announced the endorsement of State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80) this afternoon in his bid to become the 2018 Republican Party Nominee for Governor of Connecticut.
“I am proud to endorse Peter Lumaj as my candidate of choice for the next governor of the State of Connecticut,” Sampson stated. “Peter is not only a smart businessman who shares my conservative Republican ideology. He also shares my values as a proud American and knows exactly what changes need to be made to create a better future for Connecticut” Sampson stated.
Sampson joins a growing list of Republican leaders throughout Connecticut supporting Lumaj’s campaign ahead of the 2018 Connecticut Republican Party Convention that will be held at Foxwoods in May.
“Peter understands the state’s problems thoroughly and I know him well enough to know that he has the added qualities of reliability and fearlessness – often where others who talk a good game fall short.” Sampson continued, “I know Peter will do what he says, and I look forward to working with him to get the job done.”
“I am excited to have the support of conservative leader, Rob Sampson. Rob is a strong and fearless legislator in the General Assembly. I have admired his leadership and robust defense of conservative ideals within our state throughout his four terms as a State Representative,” Lumaj stated. “I applaud his tireless work fighting back against the liberal agenda of Dan Malloy and the Democrats in Hartford. Rob is both an influential legislator and a good friend – I am thankful for his endorsement and I greatly look forward to working with him as we create a fresh start for Connecticut.”
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January 31, 2018
Southington, CT – Peter Lumaj, Conservative Republican for Governor hit back against Gov. Malloy’s reckless proposal to institute tolls, drastically increase the state gasoline tax and institute a new tax on tire purchases in Connecticut this morning.
“This proposal is a slap in the face to all hard-working men and women in our state.” Lumaj stated. “This Governor, for some reason or another, simply can’t recognize that Connecticut has a spending problem not a revenue problem – adding additional burdens on the backs of taxpayers, struggling businesses and families is not in the best interest of our state. It’s highway robbery!”
“Governor Malloy and his insider cronies in Hartford need to realize that this is NOT their money, it is the taxpayer’s money. They cannot come raid our wallets and pocketbooks every time they mismanage the state’s finances. Connecticut’s gas tax is already the sixth highest in the nation, implementing tolls and a tire tax adds insult to injury – how much money does Hartford really need? We need to reign in the cost, size and scope of government – it’s time to cut the fat in Hartford, make the tough decisions to reduce our state’s unfunded liability burden and, for once, give our taxpayers a break.”
“Connecticut needs to become competitive again. This proposal is anti-taxpayer, anti-business and anti-family. I don’t support it, the business community doesn’t support it and the people of Connecticut don’t support it. I urge all Connecticut taxpayers to call their legislators and just say no to tolls and taxes.”
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New Britain, CT, January 29, 2018 – Peter Lumaj, Conservative Republican for Governor, announced the endorsement of Former Alderman Jim Sanders, Jr. (R-New Britain) this morning in his bid to become the 2018 Republican Party Nominee for Governor of Connecticut.
Sanders, an outspoken and principled conservative voice in New Britain, joins a growing list of Republican leaders and conservative organizations throughout Connecticut supporting Lumaj’s campaign ahead of the 2018 Connecticut Republican Party Convention that will be held at Foxwoods in May.
“I’m tired of politicians that say one thing and then do another. To turn Connecticut around, we need a real political outsider, a real conservative that can shake things up and dismantle the tax and spend mentality in Hartford. Too often, we are forced to settle for candidates that don’t represent our values – this year we don’t have to do that. Peter Lumaj is a principled conservative outsider that can win. I’m proud to endorse his candidacy for Governor” Sanders stated.
In response to Sanders endorsement, Brock Weber, Campaign Manager for Lumaj, stated, “Jim is the leading conservative voice in New Britain and a man of tremendous integrity and respect. We are happy he’s on board and we look forward to working with him to create a fresh start for Connecticut.” Weber continued, “this endorsement goes to show that Peter’s support is broad and comes from every corner of Connecticut. We have worked hard to build a solid conservative coalition across the state and we are confident that we have the grassroots army in place to capture the Republican nomination. Jim’s endorsement furthers that effort.”
Bristol, CT, January 16, 2018 – Peter Lumaj, Conservative Republican for Governor, announced the endorsement of State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) this morning in his bid to become the 2018 Republican Party Nominee for Governor of Connecticut.
Martin joins a growing list of Republican leaders and conservative organizations throughout Connecticut supporting Lumaj’s campaign ahead of the 2018 Connecticut Republican Party Convention that will be held at Foxwoods in May.
Martin stated that he was proud to stand behind Lumaj, “Peter is a dedicated conservative who will fight everyday for the people of Connecticut. He has presented a solid and detailed roadmap for Connecticut that contains a bold vision for a sustainable future. Peter’s values are my values – we both believe in the dignity of hard work, the value of individual responsibility and the importance of extending a helping hand to those who are unable to help themselves.”
Martin continued, “Peter’s personal narrative is one that embodies the American Dream. Much like my parent’s own immigration story, Peter’s story is one of personal perseverance that led to promise and prosperity. The Republican Party would be wise to embrace candidates like Peter Lumaj because he is authentic and relatable. Those two qualities are paramount to winning elections in hardworking blue-collar districts like mine – Peter can win small towns like Plymouth and Harwinton, but he also has a unique ability to play well and win bigger cities like Bristol. I am confident that if we nominate Peter Lumaj, we will win in November of 2018.”
In response to Senator Martin’s endorsement, Lumaj stated, “I am proud and humbled to have the support of Senator Martin. Henri is a dear friend and one of the most courageous conservative leaders we have in Connecticut. He is a passionate and dedicated public servant and we welcome him with open arms to the team. I look forward to taking advice from Henri and working with him in the coming months as we work together to create a fresh start for Connecticut.”
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Barkhamsted, Connecticut, Tuesday January 16th, 2018–
The Barkhamsted Republican Town Committee is proud to announce its endorsement of Peter Lumaj for Governor of Connecticut in 2018. The Republican Town Committee held its monthly meeting Monday January 15th, 2018 where a motion for endorsement was made to all present voting members. The motion was discussed, voted on, and passed by the members in the room.
“We’ve been strong supporters of Peter Lumaj for many years. I have always admired his deep love for this country and the individual freedoms it offers to its citizens. The Barkhamsted Republicans appreciate Peter’s strong work ethic and staunch commitment to conservative principles. His ideas and policies encourage limited government and he has a strong belief in upholding the Constitution as our Forefather’s intended” said Chairwoman Juliana Simone.
“Peter’s story personifies the American Dream.” Simone continued. “He is the ideal candidate for Governor because he is a political outsider who won’t continue the business as usual mentality in Hartford. His personal background, his conservative positions, his business acumen and his ability to win – make Peter stand out in an overly crowded field. Our committee members have always been impressed by Peter whenever they’ve heard him speak. We are confident that we’ve made the right choice.”
The Barkhamsted Republican Town Committee is the second town committee to endorse Peter Lumaj for Governor in 2018. The Plymouth Republican Town Committee endorsed Lumaj in December of 2017.
Fox 61 – Ike Ejiochi
Candidates suggested pension reform, fixing the department of motor vehicles even declaring no state income tax for those making less than $100,000 dollars a year. Read and watch the full story here.
CT Post – Neil Vigdor
Fairfield immigration attorney Peter Lumaj, an immigrant from Albania who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of the state in 2014, emerged as the aggressor in the debate.
“If our towns were doing so great under their leadership, how come so many people are leaving the state?” Lumaj said. “We’re losing businesses to New York City, which has a socialist mayor. Just think about that for a second. Professional politicians.” Read the full story here.
WTNH – Kent Pierce
Attorney Peter Lumaj is another candidate who has never held office. The Albanian native pointed a finger right at the Mayors and first selectmen on the stage.
“I mean, if our towns were doing so great under their leadership, how come people are leaving the state?” said Lumaj. Read and watch the full story here.
CT NewsJunkie – Christine Stuart
Lumaj also said the Republican Party in Hartford is “afraid to be Republican,” and that he was the only “true conservative” in the race for governor. Read the full story here.
The CT Mirror – Mark Pazniokas
Peter Lumaj, a refugee from Communist Albania and an unabashed admirer of President Trump, who demonstrated in 2016 that decorum accomplishes little on a stage crowded with candidates, spent much of the evening goading his rivals, especially the five Republicans who have held public office. He repeatedly dismissed them as “career politicians,” members of a political establishment that has left the state in fiscal and economic disarray. Read the full story here.
By Eric Bedner – Journal Inquirer
HEBRON — Nine Republican gubernatorial candidates debated Wednesday at RHAM High School on how to fix the state’s fiscal crisis, attract businesses, combat sexual harassment, and President Donald Trump. Read the full story here.
Lumaj, an attorney and immigrant from Albania, said he has been pitching the conservative GOP message to inner city residents and ethnic groups who haven’t traditionally voted Republican in the past, including Albanians, Portuguese and Eastern Europeans. He said he has amassed about 50,000 supporters from this effort.
“That number is going to make all the difference,” Lumaj said. “We went to those cities. We went to those ethnic groups and converted them into Republicans. That is the strategy for us to win in 2018.” Read the full story here.
CTNewsJunkie.com by Christine Stuart | Dec 7, 2017
Lumaj said he’s not going to discuss the problems the state faces, “because everyone of you knows what the problem is with our state — career politicians.” “Here’s what we have to do,” Lumaj said. “Spur growth. Without spurring growth we’re never going to get out of this mess.” He said he would repeal the income tax for all families making less than $100,000 a year. He also suggested lowering the 6.35 percent sales tax and the 9 percent corporate tax. “We don’t have problems with revenue in our state, we have problems with spending,” Lumaj said. Read the full story here.
The CT Mirror |
“Be proud that you’re Republicans. Stand by your principles,” Lumaj said, his tone suggesting he doesn’t believe everyone on stage shared his sentiment. “I’m a Republican, conservative, and I’m proud of it.” Read the full story here.
Posted 6:04 PM, December 6, 2017, by Bobby Martinez and Jeevan Vittal, Updated at 11:42PM, December 6, 2017
WINDSOR — Republican Gubernatorial hopefuls presented their vision to voters Wednesday night at the first debate for Republican candidates for Governor in 2018…Read and watch the full story here.
By Ken Dixon, Greenwich Time – December 6th, 2017
All six of the candidates called for major changes in the state tax codes. Lumaj, however, went the farthest, saying that the income tax should be repealed for families making $100,000 and less and proposing a lower sales tax…Read the full story here.
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Republican Peter Lumaj has announced that he is running for Governor… Read and watch the full story here.
Plymouth, Connecticut, Wednesday December 6th, 2017– The Plymouth Republican Town Committee is proud to announce its endorsement of Peter Lumaj for Governor of Connecticut in 2018. The Republican Town Committee held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday November 29th, 2017 where a motion for endorsement was made to all present voting members. The motion was discussed, voted on, and passed unanimously by all members in the room.
“Plymouth Republicans are proud to stand united behind the candidacy of Peter Lumaj. Peter is a strong candidate who embodies the conservative values of our party and who has an actual plan and team in place that can win in November of 2018. He has the right tone, the right message and will win if he’s our nominee.” said RTC Chairman Joe Kilduff. Brock Weber, Campaign Manager for Lumaj, added, “We are excited to have the Plymouth Republicans committed to a fresh start for Connecticut. This endorsement is the first official RTC endorsement since Peter declared his candidacy for Governor and we look forward to many more as we continue our campaign over the coming months. Town Committee members and potential convention delegates are looking for a real conservative to support in 2018 – with Peter Lumaj, they have found their man.”
By Russell Blair – December 4th, 2017
Republican Peter Lumaj, a Fairfield attorney who has been exploring a run for statewide office since late 2016, filed paperwork recently to make his gubernatorial bid official… Read the full story here.
By Neil Vigdor, November 30th, 2017
FAIRFIELD — The latest entrant into the governor’s race is not cast from the Rockefeller Republican mold as many of his moderate rivals — a badge of honor for Peter Lumaj…Read the full story here.
Peter Lumaj, … ended his year-long testing of the waters for a third campaign Wednesday and filed papers declaring himself to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018…Read the full story here.
Peter Lumaj, who has managed to light up conservatives, is yet in an exploring stage…Read the full story here.
By Chris Keating:
Veteran Republican candidate Peter Lumaj has continued his brisk fundraising pace, blowing past the $373,000 mark in his exploratory campaign. Lumaj announced his totals Tuesday for the just-finished quarter that ended on September 30. Read the full story here.
HARTFORD — Fairfield Attorney Peter Lumaj who is “exploring” a run for statewide office, and has already raised a lot of money in his bid for the Republican nomination, blasts the Malloy administration and legislative Democrats for causing the deep budget crisis by extreme overspending. Check out the full interview here.
Check out Peter’s national profile interview with Fox and Friends here
By Neil Vigdor – CT POST
Peter Lumaj has practically lapped the field in fundraising for a prospective 2018 run, but his money advantage hinges on support from outside Connecticut… Read the full article here.
By: Daniela Altimari, Hartford Courant
Although the 2018 election is more than 18 months away, a crowded slate of Republicans is lining up to try to reclaim the state’s top office from Democrats…
Read the full story here.
By Neil Vigdor – CT Post 04/03/2017
Peter Lumaj is willing to be Trump’s repo man.
The Republican immigration lawyer from Fairfield and potential gubernatorial hopeful would be an ally of the president against sanctuary cities. Read the full write up here.