As part of our commitment to comprehensive campaign coverage, News 8 reached out to every candidate running for Congress or the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. We offered each of them a chance to post a profile on WTNH.com, and an opportunity to do a 5-minute interview with Ann Nyberg. The information below was provided to us by the candidate themselves.
(WTNH) — After 13 terms in Congress, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is running again. This time, she is being challenged by Republican Angel Cadena.
What have you seen?
The legislature has changed remarkably. More confrontational, less bipartisan and that doesn’t reflect well on the institution. Communications have changed, we tweet, we have emails. Lots of pieces that impinge on our process have changed.
What do you have yet to do?
You have to start with where we are today. The economy, in our community, in our state, people are in jobs that just don’t pay them enough money. They’re struggling every single day. They don’t have a retirement account, they don’t go on vacations, they’re telling their kids they can’t do it, we need to address this issue where families are struggling. I need to spend more time addressing this issue.
Did you plan for it to last this long?
I didn’t know I was going to run for office. It was a very steep learning curve. I’ve spent a lot of time with campaigns. I was Senator Chris Dodd’s Chief of Staff. But when the opportunity arises, there are no vacuums. Was I scared? You bet I was scared. People ask does the job meet your expectations? This job has exceeded my expectations.
One of the longest serving women in Congress, what does that mean to you?
I reflect on my mother, she was the longest serving women on the Board of Alders. She’s still with us today. She will be 103 years old in December. I think what it means is I’m blessed, I view it as my folks looked at politics, their brand of politics is what is deeply embedded in me. People felt they could come and share their problems and turn to my family for help. I am there to be an advocate for people. I am at the federal level. What is the opportunity I can provide to people.
I hope there is more compromise in congress to get more done. That is what congress has been able to do. Most recently that is not the case. Both parties, I work with them for food stamps. You had people, social security ran into difficulty, you had both parties sitting down and saying we need to secure this, how do we do it. What’s different today, in the past it was focused on the problem, we understood how serious the problem was for the country and today we have people who serve who don’t come to govern or compromise because they don’t believe government doesn’t have a role in addressing these problems.