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.

m.collette@theday.com

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