Republicans Matthew Corey, of Hartford, and Dominic Rapini, of Branford, square off on Aug. 14 over who is going to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy.
Corey, 54, a Navy veteran and former truck driver from Enfield who twice lost congressional races to U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, won four of five congressional districts and 53 percent of the delegate votes at the GOP convention in May.
Rapini, 57, qualified to primary Corey during the May convention and has raised $172,030 to Corey’s $26,457, although Corey said money continues to pour into his campaign.
Murphy, who is running for his second term, has raised more than $13 million.
Both men share similar views on the issues. They back President Donald Trump’s economic policies, and overall direction of the country. Both believe the criminal investigation into whether Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russians to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election is dividing the country and should be ended.
“Voters in this state say they are extremely upset because so many people are leaving, the high cost of health insurance, and regulations on business,” Rapini said. “They are not happy with Chris Murphy.”
Rapini, an account manager for Apple Inc., said his sales, technology and problem-solving experience make him “extremely” qualified to be a senator.
“The job of senator is to solve problems and create solutions internally and externally,” he said.
Rapini has also coached Pop Warner football for many years, leading to his understanding of issues facing families from various walks of life.
Corey says he welcomes the opportunity to make his race a referendum against regulations that harm small businesses.
“I’m a small business owner,” Corey said. “I’m more in touch with the cities and small towns. I’ve been fighting for those issues for a long time.”
“Sen. Murphy says ‘make more government programs,’” Corey said. “I say, make more programs that lift people out of poverty.”
Corey believes instead of increasing the minimum wage government should help boost opportunities.
He supports eliminating the U.S. Department of Education and returning power to the states and local government, according to his campaign website.
He calls for eliminating “radical Islam,” and supports arming teachers. In 2014, he said President Barack Obama should be impeached.