HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Republican running for U.S. Senator has a sense of humor. When he introduces himself he sometimes says his name is ‘who’ because that’s what people say when he says he’s running against Dick Blumenthal.
Forty-nine-year-old Republican Dan Carter has spent three terms in the State Legislature representing Bethel, Danbury, Newtown and Redding. A former Air Force Pilot, he also spent time working for Pfizer and was director of training at Oxford Airport. He has spent the last six months campaigning full-time against the state’s best known elected official; U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, who has not only vastly out spent Carter on frequent TV ads, he also continues to have several news conferences on consumer and other issues every week.
“Everybody knows the most dangerous place in the world is between Dick and a camera and it’s become kind of almost a joke,” said Carter.
He also says many state residents have Blumenthal fatigue and joins other Republicans that have long criticized Blumenthal for being what they call a ‘media hog’ going after big businesses instead of trying to help them.
“Dick Blumenthal is all about preying on businesses and using them for his political gain. Instead of working with these companies and actually accomplishing something together. That’s why we have companies like G.E. who leave Connecticut,” said Carter.
Carter is especially critical of Blumenthal for one of the most controversial Senate votes of his first term; approving the Iran deal aimed at curtailing the country’s nuclear program.
“The fact that Blumenthal supported the Iran deal I think is a huge problem, ya know, that’s the number one state sponsor of terror, they abuse women, kill members of the LGBT community,” said Carter.
As a veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm, Carter says he is especially irked by Blumenthal’s claims to support the needs of veterans because of another move he made in the Senate.
“The largest opportunity that we’ve had to do something to help veterans was the ‘VA Accountability Act’ last October and he single-handedly blocked it to coming to a vote,” said Carter.
“What’s going to be important is that I focus on this race. Dick Blumenthal is the man that we have to worry about in Connecticut right now. We need a serious Senator so whatever happens at the top of the ticket I’m not going to really worry about that,” said Carter.