5th District candidate takes independent route

Published on Friday, 10 August 2018 20:59
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – “You’re not alone when you vote Pistone,” says John Pistone, an independent conservative candidate for the 5th Congressional District.

Pistone said he is a proud Italian American, born and raised in the U.S., and he is a plumber by trade.

“I’m not a politician and I don’t want to be a politician,” he said. “I want to be a citizen legislator and represent the people. Politicians have their talking points, but when it gets down to the bottom line they play to their base and to their party alignments. You’re telling me that we can’t come to an agreement on common-sense issues like the opioid crisis and mental illness? I want to be a consensus builder and I think I can really resonate with the people.”

Pistone had previously run to unseat Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty in 2014 and 2016. Although he received 3,750 signatures, enough to run as a Republican, Pistone said that he was encouraged by voters to run as an independent conservative candidate instead.

“When I was at the Republican convention I found out that the Republicans running were nothing more than political insiders; the kind of people who play along to get along,” he said. “The Republican Party has moved too far to the left; it ain’t what it used to be. Meanwhile, I continue to move more and more to the right. I believe that I represent the silent majority of registered voters. Don’t be part of the political game; remember my name.”

Pistone said President Donald Trump is “doing a great job” and that he is the “best president we’ve had since Ronald Reagan.”

“A lot of the other Republicans were never Trump supporters; they just jumped on the bandwagon when he started to do well,” said Pistone. “I want to work with President Trump and show respect for the office, unlike the liberal Democrats who are always chopping him to pieces. He didn’t have to run for office; this guy was set. He chose to do this because he really cares about his country.”

Pistone said that he was motivated to run because he believes that veterans should have good choices for healthcare and receive it in a timely fashion. He believes that there should be “no homeless veterans in the country whatsoever” and he wants veterans to be able to get an education and easily apply for job training when they get out of the service.

“I know a lot of people who served and if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have anything,” he said. “If you don’t have respect for veterans and for our flag then get out of this country.”

Pistone also said that he is also a strong supporter of imposing congressional term limits and that he wants to “drain the swamp.” He also supports building a border wall.

“Drugs and gangs are coming across the border; we have to secure our border, no question,” he said.

Pistone said he is also a strong supporter of second amendment rights.

“It’s not a privilege; it’s a constitutional right,” he said. “If they can take that away, they can take anything away.”

Additionally, Pistone believes that healthcare should be competitive across state lines and that the military must be kept strong. He also believes that although President Trump passed “great tax reform,” he would like to see a flat tax implemented. This, he said, would “make the economy really flourish” and would be good for business.

When it comes to Connecticut, Pistone said that he wants to help the state “get the money it deserves.”

“We will need help; Connecticut is in deep trouble,” he said. “Governor Malloy destroyed this state. Connecticut’s problem is that it is taxed too much. People are moving to the Carolinas and Florida, businesses are going to Texas and you can’t retire in Connecticut. We have also been dropping the ball on the skilled trades for the longest time. To bring back jobs, we need to invest in more technical schools. We should also give out tax abatements - New York gives out a 10 year tax abatement and that’s something we could do to bring business back to Connecticut and keep unemployment low.”

Pistone said that legislators need to consider small business as well as big business, because small businesses “drive the economy.”

For more information on John Pistone, visit johnpistoneforcongress.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Plainville on Friday, 10 August 2018 20:59. Updated: Friday, 10 August 2018 21:01.