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Greenberg slams Esty on Mailers

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Elizabeth Esty, Mark Greenberg Date:

Republican Mark Greenberg says his 5th District Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, is squandering taxpayer money by spending more than $200,000 on mailers in less than two years.

“Elizabeth Esty is once again showing her disdain for the taxpayers in the 5th District,” Greenberg said in a press release. “Even though she has served less than two years in office, Esty has quickly mastered the art of exploiting taxpayers for political purposes, in this case by spending the outrageous sum of more than $200,000 on mailers touting her so-called accomplishments. The citizens of the 5th District would have been far better served if Esty had spared them the costs of sharing her record.”

The franking privilege is a key congressional perk; it allows members to allocate part of their budgets to send mail to constituents, provided the mail pertains to official government business. All of the mass mailings are required to contain a disclaimer explaining that it was sent at taxpayer’s expense. Also, each member must disclose on a quarterly basis the number of mailings sent as well as their costs, according to the Committee on House Administration, which oversees congressional franking privileges.

Esty, a who is nearing the end of her first term in office, said the $208,899.27 worth of mailings, were vital to keep constituents informed of what is happening in Washington.

“My office is here to cut through red tape to help folks receive the benefits they have earned and better understand the federal programs that are available to help their families,” Esty said via email. “I’ve heard time and time again from veterans who called in for assistance with backlogged VA benefits or seniors who are waiting for their delayed Social Security benefits that they just didn’t know what a Member of Congress could do to help until they read a newsletter I mailed, joined a ‘Congress on Your Corner’ I hosted in their community, or participated in a telephone town hall I conducted. I strongly believe in actively communicating and getting feedback from the families I have the honor of representing. That’s what it means to be a ‘representative,’ and I take that responsibility very seriously.”

Her spokeswoman, Laura Maloney, said all franked communication undergoes “a rigorous vetting and approval process by a bipartisan committee.”

Greenberg maintains such mailings are a waste of taxpayer money. “Rep. Esty should foreswear any future such mailings,” he said. “To spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on thinly-disguised re-election mailers is a great example of why Washington is broken.”

Greenberg said he backs a bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia and Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois that would end franking privileges for members of Congress. The bill is backed by the National Taxpayers Union.

Rowland Indicted For Dealings With Two Congressional Campaigns in 2010, 2012

by Categorized: 2014 Election, John Rowland, Mark Greenberg Date:

Former Gov. John G. Rowland was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on seven criminal counts for his dealings with two Republican Congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012.

Federal prosecutors say that Rowland “devised a scheme to work for the campaign of a candidate seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional Districut during the 2009 and 2010 election cycle.”

Litchfield developer Mark Greenberg was not named in the indictment as the 2010 candidate, but he has publicly stated that Rowland offered to work for him during that campaign.

“To make the illegal arrangement appear legitimate, Rowland drafted a sham consulting contract pursuant to which he would purportedly perform work for a separate corporate entity, referred to in the indictment as the “Animal Center,” the federal prosecutor’s office said. “By proposing to run the campaign-related payments to Rowland through the Animal Center, Rowland sought to prevent actual campaign contributions and expenditures from being reported to the FEC and the public.”

The charges against Rowland include two counts of causing false statements to be made to the Federal Elections Commission, which carries a maximum of 5 years on each count; two counts of falsification of records in a federal investigation, which carry a maximum prison term of 20 years on each count. In addition, he was charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of causing illegal campaign contributions.

While the time in prison is traditionally reduced by federal guidelines, the maximum combined term for the 7 counts in the indictment is 57 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors.

Overall, 6 of the 7 counts relate to the 2012 campaign of Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley of Simsbury, while one count relates to the 2010 campaign of developer Mark Greenberg of Litchfield. Greenberg is currently running this year against Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire, who won the 2012 race against Republican Andrew Roraback.

Rowland is expected to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Friday in New Haven in front of Judge Ellen Bree Burns, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1947, was nominated to the federal bench by Jimmy Carter, and is now 90 years old. Continue reading

Esty, Greenberg Tangle Over Ryan Budget

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her Republican challenger Mark Greenberg are sparring over Thursday’s budget vote in the House.

Esty, a freshman from Connecticut’s 5th District, voted no on the fiscal 2015 spending plan put forth by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. Ryan’s budget cuts federal spending by $5 trillion and includes sharp cuts to Medicaid and other health-care programs.

In a statement, Esty outlined her opposition to what she called Ryan’s “harmful, bad-faith budget.”

“It would break our commitments to seniors by ending Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and would increase out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and preventive care. The Ryan budget also slashes investment in education and limits our ability to improve our roads and rail infrastructure. And it keeps incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas while forcing middle-class families to pay more,” Esty said.

Greenberg lashed out at Esty, saying the Democratic spending plan she backs “continues [a] pattern of irresponsible spending and back-breaking tax increases.”

The Democrats’ plan would boost spending by $740 billion, Greenberg said in a press release. “Does Esty stand with her DC allies or the people in the 5th District who continue to suffer? I call on her to reject this type of tax and spend budget,” he added.

Asked which budget Greenberg would support, his campaign manager Bill Evans said: ” Mark is not a member of Congress and can’t commit to voting for a bill he has not read.  I can say that he wouldn’t support the plan being advanced by Esty’s colleagues because it raises taxes and balloons spending.”

New Greenberg Web Ad Highlights His Biography

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Mark Greenberg, a Republican running for Congress in the 5th District, has a new web ad out. The one-minute, 15 second spot is heavy on biographical details, highlighting Greenberg’s record as a businessman and community leader who founded an animal rescue facility.

The spot never mentions Greenberg’s Democratic opponent, U.S. rep. Elizabeth Esty. But despite the ad’s soft tone, it does spend a few seconds slamming Obamacare and reiterating Greenberg’s pledge to repeal it.


DCCC Launches Web Ad Against Mark Greenberg, Other GOP Candidates

by Categorized: Democrats, Elizabeth Esty, Mark Greenberg, Uncategorized Date:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hitting 5th District Republican Mark Greenberg in a new targeted web ad on healthcare.

The interactive ad, modeled on the game of Life, accuses Greenberg and Congressional Republicans of pursuing a damaging agenda on healthcare.

\”Whether it\’s being able to afford an emergency C-section, making sure kids get the right nutrition, ensuring women don\’t have to pay more for their care or guaranteeing Medicare\’s future, Mark Greenberg wants to join a Republican Congress that plays reckless games that hurt your health at every stage of life – all because they would rather stack the deck for their special interest buddies,\” Marc Brumer, DCCC spokesman, said in a press release. \”Now you can see just how much of a mess Mark Greenberg would make of your health care – but one spoiler alert: in this game, you can\’t win.\”

Watch the ad here:

Greenberg, a Litchfield County businessman, is the leading challenger to freshman Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the 5th District. Greenberg has been endorsed by 220 Republican leaders in 5th District and 18 members of General Assembly.



Greenberg Slams Esty on the Death Penalty

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Republican Mark Greenberg is slamming Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty for opposing the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

\”Shockingly, Elizabeth Esty maintains her opposition to the death penalty even in a case of terrorism. Her radical liberal views are even more liberal than\” those of Attorney General Eric Holder, Greenberg said. \”It is time we elected a Congressman who represents us, not the far left.\”

The U.S. Department of Justice cited the enormity of the crime in its decision to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev.


Esty, who was unavailable for comment, has long been opposed to the death penalty. In 2009, as a state legislator, she struggled with her lifelong opposition to capitol punishment. \”Since I was a child, it always seemed to be wrong, morally wrong, religiously wrong,” Esty told Mark Pazniokas, who was reporting for the New York Times at the time.

But Esty represented Cheshire, where Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, were terrorized and murdered. In acknowledgement of the sensitivity in her district, Esty voted in favor of the repeal bill but was not a vocal advocate. “Frankly I feel that would not be appropriate for me to do from my district,” she told Paz.

A year later, Esty lost her reelection bid for her General Assembly seat to Al Adinolfi, a staunch proponent of the death penalty. \”If elected members of any body — whether it\’s a state house or Congress — were not willing to take career-ending or at least election-losing votes, I would not have the right to vote today,\’\’ Esty said in an interview with Courant Capitol Bureau Chief Chris Keating.

\”I felt it was my obligation to vote for what was best for the state, even if not popular at the time or in my district,\’\’ Esty told Keating. \”That allows me to put my head on my pillow at night, and it allows me to face my children. There are things that matter more than your election. That may take difficult votes, may take career-ending votes for people, but if we aren\’t willing to do that, then we\’re not going to move forward.\’\’

The death penalty was eliminated by the Connecticut legislature in 2012, although it still applies to crimes that were committed, such as the Petit killings, prior to the passage of the repeal.


New Greenberg Ad Hits Esty on Obamacare

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Mark Greenberg, a Republican running for Congress in Connecticut\’s 5th District, has a new web ad out.

The 40-second spot, Greenberg\’s first of the 2014 cycle, hits Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty for her support of the healthcare law.

The ad features grainy footage of Esty pledging to \”stand strongly\” by the law \”with every breath that i have.\”

Esty \”stands up for Obamacare,\” the ad says. \”Mark Greenberg stands up for us.\” Greenberg will fight for repeal of the law and push for \”a better plan that improves healthcare,\’\’ the ad concludes.


DCCC Unveils New Web Ad Defending Obamacare

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a new ad out hitting Republican congressional candidates for pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The ad takes aim at Mark Greenberg, the Republican businessman running in Connecticut\’s 5th District.

\”For every statistic, there are millions of seniors who are saving thousands on prescription drugs, countless Americans who won\’t face bankruptcy because of health care, and millions of sick kids who are guaranteed coverage – and those are the people who Mark Greenberg is hurting with his obsessive repeal efforts,” said DCCC spokesman Marc Brumer in an email. “Not only would Mark Greenberg’s repeal hurt millions of middle class Americans, his leaders refuse to put forward an agenda to solve these problems. The costs of Mark Greenberg’s repeal are simply too high – and these are the faces of those who will hurt the most.”

The one-minute ad features images of ordinary Americans–none from Connecticut –talking about how Obamacare has helped them. While the spot only mentions Greenberg on the title page, it critiques the insurance industry.

\”Don\’t let insurance companies do whatever they want,\’\’ says the ad. \”Drop my coverage, deny my care, raise my costs.\”

It\’s unclear how that strategy will play in a district that borders America\’s Insurance Capital.


CT Dems Pounce on McKinney\’s Endorsement of Greenberg

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Connecticut Democrats must have had a tracker present this morning when Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney expressed his support for fellow Republican Mark Greenberg, who is running for Congress.

The tracker compiled a mash-up video of McKinney\’s endorsement.

James Hallinan, spokesman for the state Democratic party, called Greenberg a \”tea party extremist\” in a press release accompanying the video. \”When throwing his support behind tea partier Greenberg, McKinney said, \’Mark is right on the issues,\’\’\’ Hallinan said.

Greenberg told Hearst Connecticut newspapers in October that he shares \”a lot of the same ideals as the tea party,\” which prompted Hallinan to ask if McKinney also shares those tea party ideals.

The video is after the jump (warning: the sound quality is not great.)

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Greenberg Nabs McKinney Endorsement

by Categorized: John McKinney, Mark Greenberg, Republicans Date:

Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield County businessman making his third run for Congress, has nabbed a big-name endorsement: Fairfield state Senator and Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney.


\”Proud to endorse Mark Greenberg for Congress this morning,\’\’ McKinney tweeted just before noon, about two hours after the two candidates appeared at a Waterbury manufacturing firm owned by the family of Republican state Rep. Selim Noujaim.

Greenberg is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District, currently held by freshman Democrat Elizabeth Esty.

Greenberg sought his party\’s nomination for the seat in both 2010 and 2012, but each time, he fell short. In both of those runs, he was supported by the tea party movement in Connecticut.

Dr. William Petit, the lone survivor of a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, said he is also pondering a run for the GOP nod for the 5th District seat. Does McKinney\’s endorsement signal that Petit, who worked closely with  McKinney during the debate over repealing capitol punishment in Connecticut, is not planning to run for the seat? (Both McKinney and Petit oppose the repeal, which nevertheless cleared the legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.)