Monday, July 27, 2009
Simmons Rallies Republicans
Rob Simmons, former Congressman, and current candidate for the 2010 election of the U.S. Senate seat held by Christopher Dodd, gave a fiery speech to about 35 members of the Republican Town Committee on Monday evening. The Republicans were gathered to nominate candidates for the November municipal elections.
Simmons' speech covered a local issue, the Mayor's request for stimulus package money to fund 8 "shovel-ready" projects. He pointed out that only one project in all of Connecticut had received funding, and most of that funding went to a Massachusetts company. He implied that this problem and others were due to Senator Dodd, "We'll solve that problem by getting rid of our senior Senator, Mr. Dodd."
Simmons spoke of America being ready for Republican values, which he identified as varying kinds of "freedom", but in particular "free enterprise."
Simmons closed with an emphasis on party unity, and a pledge to do all he could to help elect Republicans in the municipal elections. He received a prolonged standing ovation for his remarks.