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Shays Formally Announces Senate Bid

The former congressman made his announcement in Hartford earlier today.

Christopher Shays today officially announced he is a candidate for the United States Senate, seeking the Republican nomination to fill retiring Senator Joe Lieberman's seat.

Shays, a Republican, represented Connecticut's 4th District for 11 terms from 1987 to 2009. He was defeated by Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat, in 2008.

Speaking in Hartford, Shays said he would make it a number one priority to balance the federal budget, according to a press release sent by his campaign.

“When I am elected to the United States Senate, I will sponsor legislation that balances the budget within my six year term of office, and vote that way, regardless of the political consequences, and regardless of which party is in the majority,” Shays said. “Until we get our financial house in order, nothing else matters.”  

Shays said his experience makes him the ideal candidate.

“We need to elect a United States Senator who possesses the courage, the record, and the experience to get things done,” said Shays, accorinding to the release. “That's why I'm running for United States Senate. I have the courage to stand up for what needs to be done, but I also have the knowledge and experience to know how to get it done, and a record of accomplishment that you can rely on.”

Shays said Washington is broken and needs to be fixed.

“For the first time in my life, I'm worried about our country's future,”  he said. “I cannot, and will not, sit on the sidelines and watch the madness in Washington continue. Washington is broken, the Senate isn't working. Nothing is getting done and I know I can make a difference. We need to elect a United States Senator who possesses the courage, the record, and the experience to get things done.”

Washington needs to create jobs, he said. 

“I know we can get America back on track and Americans back to work when we get our financial house in order; transform Washington by simplifying our tax code and cutting red tape; rebuild and invest in America; and become truly energy independent," Shays said. "When we do this we are putting America first. And first is where America belongs, now and always.”

Shays will battle Linda McMahon and others for the Republican nomination.

fairfield newcomer January 25, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I thought the Republican mantra was to put an end the "Washington Insiders" power and Shays is certainly an insider, 25 years between congress and his current job as a co-chair of the Commission of Wartime Contracting. Ct voters tossed him out and he is trying to return as a Ct Senetor, but he and Linda McMahon will be butting heads and she will use her own cash to make herself the Republican Candidate.
Frederick Klein January 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
What's the difference? Lieberman might as well have been a Republican. Good riddance to him.
Creeky January 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I'm not so sure I agree that Connecticut voters "tossed him out." The democrats ran a very successful anti-Bush campaign (quite the trick given Bush wasn't running) and really got a lot of folks excited about change. A lot of young voters came out and voted democrat across the board. For his reelection, Obama flew in and gave a very hopeful speech at the bluefish stadium, and brought out a huge number of non-traditional voters, to the extent that they ran out of ballots. Given the results, and the huge number of votes coming out of Bridgeport, I don't think either Himes or Malloy would have won if not for Obama's stadium speech. I never felt Himes had a mandate. And whether anyone voted for him or not, I feel he has really let us down. Connecticut is the most independent voting state in the country. We like leaders that think for themselves. Himes has really towed the party line. He and I corresponded on more than a few occasions and I was disheartened by his inability to debate. It seems he would just keep stating party policy. I don't vote for parties. I vote for leaders.
Creeky January 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Frederick, I think that's funny. Though I lean towards Libertarianism, I often find myself voting Republican. That being said, I always voted for Lieberman. The thing is, he and I never agreed on almost anything. We corresponded on different topics and though we wouldn't find common ground, I couldn't help but be impressed by his ability to defend his position and his conviction of doing what he truly believed what was best for the state and country. I support Lieberman because of his ethic and independence of thought, never ever because of his party, or positions. I believed (and still do) in HIM.
Frederick Klein February 01, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I, on the other hand, despised how he became Bush II's pet, and I've been waiting for a long time for him to disappear from the political scene.

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