Green Party's Deshefy makes pitch to succeed Courtney
New London — Despite his minor party status, Green Party candidate G. Scott Deshefy said he still thinks he can win the Congressional election through an insurgent campaign against Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat seeking his third term representing the 2nd District, and former TV broadcaster Janet Peckinpaugh, the Republican candidate.
"When I ran in 2008 and running this year, while I may not have the expectation of winning - because I am a dark horse candidate - I believe I can win because my positions are strong," Deshefy said before speaking to a small crowd at the Bean and Leaf, one that consisted largely of patrons already at the downtown New London spot.
When it was time for him to speak, Deshefy took a hand-held microphone and spoke from a small stage in the corner, a piano player quietly playing in the background.
Deshefy discussed his background as a research scientist at the state Department of Environmental Protection and as a college professor and lecturer. He said his scientific background makes him better prepared for public service than the region's mainstream candidates.
"That separates me from my competition, one who is a career politician and the other who has been paid large sums of money over the years to read from a teleprompter," Deshefy said, referring to Courtney and Peckinpaugh.
Deshefy said he would, if elected, support an immediate end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a 40 percent reduction in military spending, a holiday from federal taxes and a single-payer health-care system.
He said that federal policies should support a move ending dependence on military spending - pointing to Electric Boat in Groton, which produces submarines for the federal government - toward industries that promote "green technology."
"What we need to do is build sustainable jobs," Deshefy said.
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