Peter Schiff Endorses Chris Shays for Senate

Schiff, a Weston resident who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010, says the former Congressman would win the Senate seat if he's the GOP nominee.

Peter Schiff, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, has endorsed former Congressman Christopher Shays for the nomination in this November's election. 

Schiff, who lives in Weston and is CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, said that Connecticut's Republicans would be foolish to hand the nomination back to Linda McMahon, who ran unsuccessfully against Senator Dick Blumenthal in 2010.

"Unfortunately, too many Republicans [at the state convention in 2010] believed the vast amount of money that Linda was prepared to spend was going to be her biggest asset," Schiff said in a video uploaded to Shays' campaign site. "It became her biggest liability."

Schiff said Connecticut voters did not want to put the Senate seat up for sale in 2010 and will act the same way this year. 

Though he said he originally planned to stay neutral during this campaign, Schiff said that since it appears Republican voters are going to give the nomination to McMahon again, he decided to break his silence.

"The stakes are too high to throw away a Senate seat," he said. "We handed one to Dick Blumenthal. We don't want to hand one to Chris Murphy."

Schiff said that while some voters might consider Shays a RINO—he was known as a moderate during his 21 years representing Connecticut's 4th Congressional District—that's simply not the case. 

"Chris has assured me that he is going to fight for the principles we hold dear," he said. "He understands the problems" of runaway government spending.


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Schiff said that because of Shays' experience in Congress, he'll be ready to get to work on day one and won't require on-the-job training. 

"He knows how to get things done in Washington," he said. "Other Senators will take Chris Shays seriously from day one."

Schiff said he has nothing against McMahon—he likes her—but she's proven she's incapable of winning.

"Why should we make the same mistake twice and nominate someone who can’t win," he said.

Shays——will make Connecticut's residents proud, Schiff said.

"I think he’s going to make us proud. All we have to do is give him that opportunity."

John LaRosa May 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
For those who believe Mr. Shays is too moderate and Mrs. McMahon is unelectable, there is a clear alternative. Brian K. Hill is a veteran (Army/Navy JAG) and successful businessman who clearly articulates core conservative principles while simultaneously appealing to urban voters. As an African American with inner city connections, he is the only candidate who will cut the CT GOP's urban losses sufficiently enough to win a general election. The Republican nominee will, as always, win many suburban communities, but that will not be enough to defeat the Democratic nominee in November. If inner city losses are cut by just 7-10%, the GOP has a very good chance of taking this seat. Only Brian K. Hill can make this happen. Visit his website at http://www.briankhill.com to learn more about this outstanding candidate. By many accounts, he won the first two Senate debates, and even the Connecticut media is taking notice.


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