Andrew Roraback has been representing residents of northwestern Connecticut for over fifteen years in Hartford, and hopes to continue addressing his constituents' concerns in Washington should he win his campaign for Connecticut's fifth congressional district.
"To be an efective legislator you have to be representative of the people that you want to serve," Roraback tells TheBlaze's in an interview with senior contributor Mallory Factor.
"I'm running for Congress because it can only get better for we as a country, and I think that I have something constructive to offer to the national debate which is conspicuous by its absence," Roraback said.
Roraback is running as a Republican for the seat currently held by Rep. Chris Murphy, the Democratic Party nominee for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat up for grabs this year with the retirement of Sen. Joe Lieberman. Roraback is running against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Esty, hoping to break the lock Democrats have in representing the state in the House.
Roraback tells TheBlaze that he will represent the concerns of the residents in Connecticut 5 by calling attention to the negative consequences to the president's healthcare plan and the Dodd-Frank Act. Roraback seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put the onus and power into the hands of states to address what Roraback describes as clearly a crisis.
"I don't think there is anyone in this country who doesn't look at our healthcare system and say we can do much much better," Roraback tells TheBlaze. But the federal government has proven itself woefully ill-equipped to have a social security and healthcare system that is sustainable in the long run."
As an assemblyman and state senator, Roraback made a name for himself by taking a hardline against pork-barrel and non-essential spending. The Republican candidate says he would be as enthusiastic on the issue if elected to Congress. If elected, Roraback tells TheBlaze that the first issue for him would be standing against tax increases, particularly in the short term.
"I think it's the most counterproductive thing you could to do; to raise taxes in times of economic uncertainty," Roraback said.
Roraback calls for a revamping of the entire tax code one year from now, eliminating the death tax and the alternative minimum tax, and keeping the taxes on capital gains dividends and interest at as low a rate as humanly possible.
In his 18 years in Hartford, Roraback has never missed a vote. The Republican candidate tells TheBlaze that he would bring the same work ethic to Washington because the people he represents deserve a state senator who works as hard as they do. Watch Andrew Roraback's complete interview with Mallory Factor below: