The Stamford Advocate's reporter Brian Lockhart wrote a piece about how Social Conservatives are torn between Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon. He neglected to mention Peter Schiff in his piece, which prompted me to write to both Mr. Lockhart and to Peter Schiff.
Afterwards Lockhart wrote a follow-up on his blog.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peter Schiff in an e-mail this afternoon rightly and politely took me to task for not including him in an article I wrote this past weekend about the state’s social conservatives.
Although there are a handful of Republicans in the race for the GOP Senate nomination, the contest is often framed – to the dismay of Schiff and his supporters – as being between McMahon and former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons.
This is true.
More often than not, these journalists frame the discussion around McMahon and Simmons without even giving Schiff a mention. That isn't right. The readers deserve to hear from ALL candidates... even Vinny Forras.
But here is the core of the discussion.
Why should "Pro-Life", or as they are called Social Conservative, voters consider Peter Schiff? After all, isn't he also "Pro Choice"?
First of all it is worth mentioning that ALL major and well funded candidates for the CT Senate seat are Pro-Choice. It IS Connecticut after all. The thing is this; One might as well choose the person who has the right idea about where government should be in the issue, and Schiff believes the federal government should have no role in deciding, or funding, a woman's personal decisions regarding pregnancy.
Peter Schiff said it best in explaining why he is THE best candidate when it comes to being labeled as "Pro-Choice" (Here is an excerpt of Schiff's reply to the Advocate's journalist Brian Lockhart).
I am the most state’s rights advocate of all the candidates (though Vinnie may be with me on these issues as well, he lacks the funds or campaign infrastructure to mount a credible race). I oppose any federal restrictions on abortion, oppose any federal funding of abortion, and believe Roe VS. Wade to have been wrongly decided and would vote to nominate Federal Judges who want to overturn it. While I am personally opposed to partial birth abortions, this too is a state’s rights issue. I do not believe the Federal government has the constitutional authority to ban it, but I would like individual states to ban it, and feel that neither the Federal Government nor federal courts have the right to interfere.
Plus on all the other issues conservatives care about, I am far and away the best candidate in the race without any of Linda’s baggage. Perhaps one of the reasons conservatives are not considering me is that reporters constantly leave my name out of the mix when discussing the race. Conservatives reading your article would have no idea that I was even running and would falsely conclude that they had no a credible alternative to choosing between the lesser of two evils.
Peter D. Schiff, President
Euro Pacific Capital, Inc.
In a piece in the Greenwich Time, Schiff also said this:
... career politicians on both sides of the aisle don't have a clue when it comes to basic economic principles, compounding problems with artificial quick-fixes such as the Wall Street bailout and economic stimulus plan.
"I want to break that cycle in Washington of trading long-term pain for short-term gain," Schiff said.
... Schiff said that the government needs to stop meddling in the marketplace, whether it be passing health care expansion or guaranteeing student loans.
"If the government stopped guaranteeing student loans, tuition would plunge,"
Peter Schiff has got it right... and he IS Right for Connecticut.
Meet the Senate Candidates (except McMahon who declined to attend)
Nonnewaug High School auditorium, Woodbury CT, to 9 PM