PLAINVILLE â€“ â€śYouâ€™re not alone when you vote Pistone,â€ť 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.
â€śIâ€™m not a politician and I donâ€™t want to be a politician,â€ť he said. â€śI 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. Youâ€™re telling me that we canâ€™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.â€ť
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.
â€śWhen 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,â€ť he said. â€śThe Republican Party has moved too far to the left; it ainâ€™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. Donâ€™t be part of the political game; remember my name.â€ť
Pistone said President Donald Trump is â€śdoing a great jobâ€ť and that he is the â€śbest president weâ€™ve had since Ronald Reagan.â€ť
â€śA lot of the other Republicans were never Trump supporters; they just jumped on the bandwagon when he started to do well,â€ť said Pistone. â€śI want to work with President Trump and show respect for the office, unlike the liberal Democrats who are always chopping him to pieces. He didnâ€™t have to run for office; this guy was set. He chose to do this because he really cares about his country.â€ť
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 â€śno homeless veterans in the country whatsoeverâ€ť and he wants veterans to be able to get an education and easily apply for job training when they get out of the service.
â€śI know a lot of people who served and if it wasnâ€™t for them we wouldnâ€™t have anything,â€ť he said. â€śIf you donâ€™t have respect for veterans and for our flag then get out of this country.â€ť
Pistone also said that he is also a strong supporter of imposing congressional term limits and that he wants to â€śdrain the swamp.â€ť He also supports building a border wall.
â€śDrugs and gangs are coming across the border; we have to secure our border, no question,â€ť he said.
Pistone said he is also a strong supporter of second amendment rights.
â€śItâ€™s not a privilege; itâ€™s a constitutional right,â€ť he said. â€śIf they can take that away, they can take anything away.â€ť
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 â€śgreat tax reform,â€ť he would like to see a flat tax implemented. This, he said, would â€śmake the economy really flourishâ€ť and would be good for business.
When it comes to Connecticut, Pistone said that he wants to help the state â€śget the money it deserves.â€ť
â€śWe will need help; Connecticut is in deep trouble,â€ť he said. â€śGovernor Malloy destroyed this state. Connecticutâ€™s problem is that it is taxed too much. People are moving to the Carolinas and Florida, businesses are going to Texas and you canâ€™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 thatâ€™s something we could do to bring business back to Connecticut and keep unemployment low.â€ť
Pistone said that legislators need to consider small business as well as big business, because small businesses â€śdrive the economy.â€ť
For more information on John Pistone, visit johnpistoneforcongress.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.