Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has stayed too long at the Fair. After 15 terms in Congress (1991) she has garnered powerful committee positions and is a longstanding ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Thankfully, she is facing an aggressive challenger: real estate executive Margaret Streicker (R). According to the CT Mirror, DeLauro has not faced a tough race since she was first elected to the U.S. House in 1990. (Margaret Streicker pours $1.15 million into her campaign in the final days of a bitter race against Rosa DeLauro)
This is the problem with incumbents lacking any real challenge to their seats; they become complacent, corrupt, and soft. Streicker tweeted after her debate with DeLauro:
Last night’ congressional debate (thx @WTNH!) debate proved our choice is clear. A 30-yr incumbent who has overstated the welcome, lost touch with her constituents and failed to deliver, or a woman who can and will bring common sense pragmatic solutions to the people she serves. pic.twitter.com/gXhkj6KMfX
— Margaret Streicker for Congress (@ForStreicker) October 23, 2020
DeLauro is desperate to get re-elected
DeLauro is seeking the power of the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. She is already Chair of the Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding the Department of Labor. DeLauro has her hand in Senate Bill 4378, the so-called Worker Flexibility and Small Business Protection Act, a union power grab to destroy small business and independent contractors.
According to Open Secrets, DeLauro has received $95,000 from Public Sector unions in this election cycle.
Streicker has poured 1.5 million of her own money into her campaign and is edging out DeLauro in the polls, which show her within the margin of error.
FLORIDA DUDE SNAP POLL. (500 Registered Voters Called). Connecticut 3 Congressional District. Democrat Incumbent Rosa Delauro 50%, Republican Challenger Margaret Streicker 47%. TOO CLOSE TO CALL. Turnout will decide the outcome.
— FloridaDude297 (@FloridaDude297) October 27, 2020
Per the CT Mirror:
“As Margaret has said repeatedly throughout the campaign, she views the investment in her campaign as an investment in the future of our country, ensuring our district gets pragmatic, independent leadership,” said Streicker campaign spokesman Connor McGuinness.”
Streicker’s platform includes a focus on healthcare and property taxes, as well as jobs.
As a job creator, Streicker has hammered DeLauro for all the employment that has been allowed to leave the state, including the Pratt & Whitney Raytheon facility which shed up to 450 jobs:
Daily we lose well-paying jobs & the CT economy falls further —- make no mistake every single job list is a meaningful opportunity for our residents to earn a living, support their family, pay their bills and live out their dreams. What has @rosadelauro done @ it? Crickets.
— Margaret Streicker for Congress (@ForStreicker) October 14, 2020
According to Open Secrets, DeLauro received $23,000 in campaign contributions from Raytheon Technologies. I guess they didn’t contribute enough. Local articles and blogs point toward DeLauro’s penchant to launder money through her husband Stanley Greenberg’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Inc., via the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee.
These FEC records also show contributions for Senator Amy Klobuchar and other Democrat Congressional candidates flowing through Greenberg Quinlan Rosner as well.
Streicker condemns DeLauro for being asleep at the wheel in terms of her constituents, but this appears to be the state of many incumbents who drink from the D.C. trough. DeLauro’s driving desire to stay in power is the chairmanship, which next to the House Speaker, is the most powerful position in Congress. More power to control and destroy people’s lives via horrible legislation like S.4378 and COVID funds distribution, more bragging rights with the D.C.-elites for whom she has gotten quite cozy.
If you are a Connecticut voter, the decision appears to be either continued corruption or draining the swamp. Many states are facing these types of choices; knowledge and awareness are key in changing the trajectory of your state and the country.