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Republican candidates seeking state offices visit Wilton

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.

Future of Connecticut’s Governor’s Residence Becomes Issue in Governor’s Race

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.

Let them go bankrupt!

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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.”

 

Lumaj Building Momentum. Releases Third Town Committee Endorsement.

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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.

Conservatives Rallying Behind Lumaj. Conservative Leader, Rob Sampson Endorses Campaign.

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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.”

Lumaj Blasts Malloy – “It’s Highway Robbery!”

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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.”

Lumaj Grabs Major Endorsement In New Britain

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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.”

Lumaj Campaign Gaining Momentum: Grabs Major Endorsement For 2018, Senator Henri Martin

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.”

Connecticut Republican Leaders Endorse Lumaj For Governor

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Southington, Connecticut, Thursday January 18th, 2018
 
Lumaj For CT is proud to announce the endorsements of three prominent Connecticut Republican Party leaders today. Lumaj gained the endorsements of Dennis Cleary, Cathleen Paskus and Scott Veley. All are current members of the Connecticut Republican Party State Central Committee. The Connecticut Republican Party State Central Committee is comprised of party leaders, two elected from each state senatorial district, and charged with overseeing the operations of the Connecticut Republican Party. Team Lumaj is honored to have them on board and we look forward to working with them as we work to create a #FreshStart4CT in 2018!
 
Dennis Cleary, CTGOP State Central Committeeman, 16th District:
 
“Connecticut’s Republican party needs Peter Lumaj as governor. His principled leadership will help grow our party and capture the state legislature in 2018. You should be as tired as I am of squishy candidates who can’t back up their Republican principals. With Peter we will have a true conservative who understands conservative principals because he actually believes and lives them.” – Dennis Cleary
 
Cathleen Paskus, CTGOP State Central Committeewoman, 31st District:
 
“I am proudly supporting Peter Lumaj for Governor of Connecticut. Peter is the only real conservative Republican in the race. Peter is a small business owner, not a politician. He knows the state is out of control with spending. He looks to cut government and bring back government transparency which we greatly need in Connecticut. Peter will work to prioritize public safety for our citizens, cut the cost, size and scope of government and make our elected officials accountable to Connecticut citizens and to tax payers.” – Cathy Paskus
 
Scott Veley, CTGOP State Central Committeeman, 6th District:
 
“Peter’s unscripted mesmerizing speech relaying the escape from his oppressive homeland of Communist Albania at our State Convention several years ago, made me realize his deep commitment to his new home, the United States of America. Since then, Peter has become a Conservative voice in Connecticut, offering common sense solutions, embracing self-reliance, advocating for traditional values and constitutional freedoms. It is these qualities that have convinced me Peter Lumaj can win the Governorship of the State of Connecticut.” – Scott Veley
 
In addition to the endorsements released today, Lumaj has also been endorsed by the Plymouth and Barkhamsted Republican Town Committees. Please stay tuned for future endorsements! Many more coming!

Barkhamsted Republicans Back Lumaj

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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.

Outsider candidates take on establishment at GOP governor debate

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.

GOP takes nine gubernatorial contenders on a bumpy test drive

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.

GOP candidates see opportunity in broadening voter outreach

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.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In First Debate

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.

Plymouth Republican Town Committee Endorses Lumaj

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.”

Lumaj Has Raised $373,000

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.

The Real Story: Peter Lumaj

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.