HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As of this week there now officially three choices on the November ballot for governor. Former West Hartford Councilman Joe Visconti qualified for the ballot this week with more than 7,500 signatures from around the state.
Visconti it was his one thousand volunteers around the state that helped him get the signatures needed to make the ballot this week. He proudly says he is a ‘Tea Party Republican’ and that he was one of the Tea Party’s original organizers.
“We were right, we were ahead of the curve and a lot of people thought we were ‘out there’, being crazy but the reality is; we see what’s happened with the Constitution, with the president, and the Constitution basically is just being disregarded,” he said.
He says the gun control law signed by Governor Malloy in the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook was an over reaction and unlike Republican Tom Foley, who says he doesnt’ like the law but won’t seek to overturn it, Visconti says he will.
“I will put a bill of repeal on two issues — the magazine limitation right off the bat, and try to ‘horse trade’ with the Democrats.”
The other issue Visconti is adamant about is the Common Core education reforms. Like Tom Foley and Jonathan Pelto, who is also seeking a spot on the ballot this fall, Visconti wants only local control on education decisions. “Anything that tests and puts computers and software and standarized tests, mandated by the government, between the teacher and the child, I just think that’s too far,” says the petitioning candidate.
Visconti served one term on the West Hartford Town Council and ran unsuccessfuly for Congress six years ago. He operates a successful construction business and has been an actor and hosted an award winning television special.
Visconti is hoping to get help from national Tea Party and 2nd Amendment groups. With Malloy and Foley spending over $10 million on the campaign in the weeks ahead, Visconti will need all the help he can get.