Caligiuri Announces Plans for 2012


Sam Caligiuri, the Republican candidate for Congress has been thinking long and hard about the potential or another run in 2012. He lost to Congressman Chris Murphy who has decided to run for US Senate in 2012. That seat is currently held by Sen. Joseph Lieberman who will be retiring at the end of his term. Murphy’s decision would leave an open seat in the 5th Congressional District seat.

The 5th Congressional District is the second largest district in the state by geography, extending rom Danbury to Meriden and Simsbury. It includes the cities of Torrington, Waterbury, Meriden, and New Britain. In 2010, Caligiuri faced a 3 way primary with Mark Greenberg of Litchfield and Justin Bernier of Plainville. Both of them have already thrown their hats into the ring for 2012.

Since Murphy’s announcement, Caligiuri has been quietly holding off a long awaited announcement on whether or not he would throw his hat in the ring. While some names have been suggested, no Democrat has publicly announced their candidacy.

From former State Senator Sam Caligiuri:

“The opportunity to run for Congress in 2010 was a tremendous honor. My decision to run for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District was made by answering a simple question, ‘at this time can I make a difference and help the people of Connecticut by serving in Congress?’ Based on my wife, Lori’s, and my belief that we needed to restore fiscal conservatism to our federal government, we concluded that yes, I could make a difference if elected. Although I was disappointed that we came up short in our election, I was pleased that the message of restoring fiscal responsibility resounded throughout our nation and led to significant changes in Congress.

Since the end of the 2010 campaign, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of well-wishers and individuals encouraging me to run again in 2012 for Congress in the Fifth District. While my commitment to serving the people of Connecticut is stronger than ever, Lori and I have made the decision that I will not run for Congress in 2012. With a young family, I believe that I must find a way to help make a difference in our state from closer to home than serving in Washington at this time would permit.

Lori and I will be forever grateful to our many friends who provided us with the support, help and encouragement to run a strong race in 2010. We look forward to finding new ways to serve Connecticut.”

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