Wayne Winsley To Middletown GOP: Connecticut is Ready for Change

Michael's Deli hosted the Republican hoping to win longtime Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's seat in the 3rd District this November.

About a dozen members of the turned out early Saturday to meet and understand the politics of Republican hopeful for the 3rd Congressional District Wayne Winsley, 49, at Michael's Deli on Broad Street.

The Naugatuck resident is running against 22-year political veteran, Democratic U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, this November.

The candidate says he’s confident he’ll capture many votes come November. “I believe I can get three out of every 10 voters to vote for me.”

The political hopeful shared a number of stories that illustrated how he's been spreading his philosophy of change all around Connecticut.

“We have a candidate that can actually win, we have people who are tired of what’s going on and the best example that I can give you is I was standing in front of the Stop & Shop on Whalley Avenue in New Haven,” Winsley said. He met a woman and said introduced himself as a Republican.

“She physically backed away from me — as if I had the plague and it was catchy.”

But after talking for five minutes, Winsley said, he discovered not only was she a Democrat, “she was a delegate for Rosa DeLauro. After a five-minute conversation, she whispered, ‘I’m going to [vote for you] because nobody deserves to go unopposed. After speaking to you, I can tell you’re intelligent and for whatever reason, you’re heart is in the right place,’” Winsley said.

Twenty-two years, Winsley said, is a career politician, referring to his opposition.

In a conversation with Republican Town Committee vice-chair William Wilson, Winsley offered another story to make his point.

“I talked to a 23-year-old gentleman in Guilford last night, who comes from a family of Democrats. He said, “Wayne, I’ve never known another representative in my life,’” referring to DeLauro's long tenure.

Wilson agreed. “We do need change,” he said. “We need someone who’s going to speak for us, not just for ‘special interests’ and there’s not enough of that going on in Washington.”

Clarifying the need for change, Winsley said DeLauro is operating on a sort of autopilot.

“She is moving on interia right now. She may have started off listening to the people 22 years ago, but now she listens to the people who show up at her policy meetings at her townhouse in Washington. She listens to people who have funneled the $17 million, which is her net worth now. That’s something that the people don’t really know,” Winsley said.

The candidate didn’t miss an opportunity to elaborate about his opponent's scorecard in Washington.

“The current congresswoman loves to talk about how people during this tough time, this recession, people just need a little help. What people don’t know is during this tough time, from 2008 to 2011, during the worst economic time since the Great Depression, Rosa DeLauro’s personal net worth has increased by at least $2 million every year. Because Rosa DeLauro is working very hard for Rosa DeLauro. That money does not come from a congressional salary,” Winsley said.

Already this summer, Winsley has pledged to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act. “This will be one of my top priorities,” Winsley said in a June 28 press release. “I was very tempted to title this release 'Death of a Nation,' but the patriotic optimist within me still draws breath despite how belabored those breaths may be.”

He’s had equally as harsh words for DeLauro.

“Incumbent Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has suggested that the federal government should place a tax on soda pop and other high sugar drinks as way to drive people toward more healthy drink choices, especially those who are currently on food stamps," he said in a July press release.

"Just prior to this latest statement, incumbent DeLauro went on TV to announce that she supported those same drinks being allowed for purchase with food stamps," according to Winsley's website. "Her argument then was that if fruit juice is over $3 a bottle and soda or sugar water is only $1, then a parent with a limited budget is going to fill their child's belly with the soda or sugar water.”

Winsley accused his opponent of flip-flopping positions.

"But now, her attitude is that it is the government’s job to impose a new tax on these drinks to make people on food stamps, as well as everyone else, pay a penalty for what she believes is an improper food choice. … If it weren’t so stupid, it would be hilarious.”

Wayne was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 13, 1963. His early childhood was spent in the Garden Valley Housing Projects and some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, according to his website.

When Winsley was 13, he was placed in an orphanage, the Bessie Benner- Metzenbaum Children’s Center, and later in Boy’s Town. He served in the U.S. Navy, achieving the naval rank of Petty Officer. During his enlistment, Wayne was trained as a jet engine mechanic, military police officer, and special weapons handler.

Winsley's biography says he’s been a private investigator, veteran broadcaster, radio talk show host, president of the Danbury chapter of the NAACP, a published novelist, communications director and spokesman for the gubernatorial campaign of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and a coalition chairman for the gubernatorial campaign of Candidate Tom Foley, among other positions.

See Winsley's web site here.

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Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Rosa DeLauro—her net worth now exceeds $25 MILLION. Open a free account here http://www.legistorm.com/ and see for yourself what DeLauro is worth. Only significant difference between May 2012 disclosure and May 2011 disclosure: her husband’s “John Hancock Retirement-Lifecycle 2015” account is worth c. $1 Million less than it was the previous year. (Compare page 4 of each report.) That's because they CASHED IT OUT to make a lump-sum payoff of the $1Million mortgage on their posh New Haven residence (see 2012 disclosure). During the recession (which supposedly is over) when all of us were losing money, DeLauro's worth increased by c. $2 MILLION PER YEAR. Not bad for a politician who’s been running one of the biggest scams in D.C. for NEARLY 22 years. Of course, it’s easy for Rosa DeLauro to theorize about solving hunger & poverty issues as she sits in her $1 Million home in New Haven (well, when she isn’t eating gourmet meals from Schneider’s & Federal City Caterers http://www.iwatchnews.org/2010/10/05/2460/political-inaction-committees-how-political-action-committees-are-spending-your ). Wayne Winsley is not “defending the wealthy 1%”. Wayne stands for a fluid society in which EVERYONE has the possibility of becoming successful—his own life speaks for itself. In contrast, here's the “food-stamp-world” that DeLauro seeks: http://www.urbancure.org/lifeofblackjulia/ Payed for with YOUR taxes.
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Rosa DeLauro voted for the Affordable Care Act. Obviously, she forgot to mention that it's actually the NON-affordable NON-Care Act: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/08/14/news/doc50295a371c61b500859818.txt Wayne Winsley says he “doesn’t want to shred the safety net—because he came to appreciate the need for it after relying on it himself…His life experiences—from a stint at a Boys Town as a kid, to a bout with prostate cancer while he was out of work—give him a different perspective on the social programs that often end up on his party’s chopping block…’ The difference between myself and probably any elected official … is that I have actually had to use the safety net,’ Winsley said. ‘For me, it is not a theory.’…’The point is not to burn the safety net,’ he said. The idea, he said, is to create an environment where it’s a stopgap—not a way of life… So, when it comes to talking about what to cut, Winsley’s keyword is ‘reasonable.’ Nothing should be sacred, he said—including defense spending—but the cuts that are made should be fair.” But a federal program should not be so expensive that it ultimately threatens the very existence of all safety-net programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/winsley_challenges_delauro/
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Perhaps we should call her Rosa DeSpenda DeLauro: “November of 2011, the House voted on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. This particular amendment would have required a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber for the congress to spend more than it took in and to increase the public debt limit… Rosa DeLauro voted against the spending cut.”…but, of course “Rosa DeLauro voted in favor of the debt increase.” At least she’s consistent: she ALWAYS votes AGAINST any cuts in spending, always votes FOR any INCREASES in spending. Much more here: http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/House/Connecticut/Rosa_DeLauro/Views/Debt,_Deficit,_Spending,_and_the_Size_of_Government/ As long as Rosa DeLauro remains in office, our economy will continue to stall, the jobless rate will remain unacceptably high and safety-net programs like Social Security and Medicare will go bankrupt. How can DeLauro be an “objective representative” of anyone—except those campaign contributors who essentially own her? Until we fix the problem of this career politician—by getting rid of her—we will continue to have auctions instead of elections. The danger of keeping DeLauro in office is expanding the notion that our country’s standard of living is an entitlement—not an earned reward. DeLauro is a self-serving, bought and paid for careerist—whose every move is motivated only by the goal of re-election.
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Obstructionist Rosa DeLauro voted AGAINST this: "Audit the Fed" which passed the House July 25 in a 327-98 vote. The demand to pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding the Fed was so massive that nearly HALF the Democrats in congress—but NOT DeLauro—voted to lift the curtain on Bernanke’s manipulations of our economy. Those who voted against this bill—e.g. DeLauro—did so to continue bailouts of the politically-connected, endless spending, and to continue devaluing our currency with debt. Those who voted against the measure to audit the Federal Reserve claimed the audit was a grope for more Congressional control. Thus, for the amusement of all, I present you a video of Dem. Senator Harry Reid—calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve in 1995: http://youtu.be/oXOsZ7Ad7dM (In 1995 Rosa DeLauro was only 5 years into learning the ropes about groping for self-enriching, crony political power in the House of Reps.)
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM
According to the Congressional Budget Office, 18 million Americans received SNAP benefits in 2000. By 2011, this had nearly tripled to 45 million. Rosa DeLauro tells us that this program's growth is due to our foundering economy. Yet spending on this program increased 100 percent from 2001 to 2006—when there was no increase in the unemployment rate. 3/4ths of recipients are "categorically eligible," which means they automatically qualify by virtue of participating in some other welfare program. At one time, recipients received their food-stamp benefits in paper vouchers presented at the cash register. Now benefits come on a debit card, thus removing any perceived stigma of being on food stamps. And the fact that SNAP funds are provided by the federal government, but administered and spent by the states, is a proven formula, as in Medicaid, for massive spending growth. The path to end this waste—and to stop the creation of yet another generation of government dependent youths—is less government. Not more. And the way to achieve this is to get rid of DeLauro. Wayne's life experience speaks for itself. He grew up in the Cleveland projects, so he understands the need for a safety net. http://winsleyforcongress.com/about.php But--more importantly--he also knows how to pull out of it. Unlike DeLauro, Wayne has actually worked for a living. How can Rosa DeLauro, with her massive wealth, speak for the poor in anything but condescending "theories"?
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM
DeLauro recently told the strikers at the nearby HealthBridge nursing home that she would get the government to pay them unemployment benefits.She knows perfectly well that this is not possible—but strikers cheered at her words, creating a great photo op for DeLauro. How dishonorable—and dishonest—can you get? DeLauro utterly lacks integrity, because her game-plan always has been to be divisive and extremist. DeLauro consistently objects to just about ANY cuts in Federal spending, but promises uninformed voters that she’ll get funding for whatever their hearts desire. Forthrightness? How about Master of Deception. As long as she and politicians like her remain in office, our economy will continue to stall, and safety-net programs like Social Security and Medicare will go bankrupt. Her pathetic record speaks for itself: nearly 22 years in office, 24 Sponsored Bills, 0 (that’s ZERO!) Made Into Law; 226 Co-Sponsored Bills, 5 Made Into Law. http://www.govtrack.us/ DeLauro will promise you anything to maintain the Good Life. It’s time to stop listening to her blather, and vote for “forthrightness, honor, and integrity”. Wayne Winsley sounds better every day; and Delauro sounds more like a schrill.
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Rosa DeLauro: “Unemployment is 8.2%...probably it’s a higher number”. Correct! Yet she's been in office nearly 22 years. So why would anyone re-elect her for yet another term? So she can rake in another couple of million dollars for herself? http://youtu.be/Uj2rG2ozOVg Here's Wayne Winsley's rather succinct plan for economic recovery and getting government to finally work for the people—instead of self-serving lifetime politicians: http://youtu.be/bSDtBj3AKWk (I wonder what Federal City Caterers is serving tonight at the DeLauro/Greenberg townhouse? At least all of us can sleep peacefully tonight, knowing that Schneider’s has chosen just the right wines to go with Rosa’s meal…) http://youtu.be/3iyEx-S08Nk
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Rosa DeLauro = socialism/statism; reckless, undisciplined, irresponsible spending and crushing debt; dependency-oriented welfare state; hostility to oil, gas and coal, rapidly increasing prices, more dependency on Middle East oil, wasteful subsidizing of “green energy”—thereby discouraging energy innovations; failed Keynes economic “theory”; top down, one size fits all, inefficient, expensive, rationed health care run by faceless bureaucrats with more healthcare shuttled over to Medicaid—which fewer & fewer doctors accept; rising unemployment; exploding, unsustainable food stamp and welfare program; an obstructionist, rancid hack, multi-millionaire photo-op queen who has 2 or 3 talking points—all negative; YOUR American Dream replaced with Depair; HER dream financed by political nepotism.
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Wayne Winsley = Free enterprise/free market-driven system [aka capitalism]; action to diffuse the ticking debt time-bomb; a leader who will work WITH others in Congress to develop an economic plan that both DEMS & GOP in both Senate & House can agree upon; Development of ALL American energy resources—for good paying jobs, lower prices and enhanced national security; Market based health care solutions with decisions made by Doctors and their patient-customers; Laser focus on economic growth and jobs = REAL hope, preserving American opportunity & forging ahead to a stronger, secure and better America. “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government” Thomas Jefferson
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
The GM bailout—which DeLauro voted for—cost taxpayers a $50 Billion payout plus $45 Billion in tax credits. Govt. purchase of GM vehicles rose 79% in June—to help pad GM’s quarterly report: a ruse supported by DeLauro. The Department of Energy gifted $2.7 Million of taxpayer money to GM to reduce energy consumption: an energy “savings” supported by DeLauro. Sounds like a rather expensive way to “save” a still-troubled company, if you ask me: http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/07/05/gm%E2%80%99s-government-sales-and-truck-inventory-rise This is the kind of massive govt. waste that needs to stop—(but that DeLauro promotes)—if we are to save Social Security and Medicare. Wayne Winsley is a “real” working-person’s kind of guy—the kind of person our country’s founders had in mind when they framed the Constitution—not a bought-by-the-highest-bidder, career politician—like Rosa DeLauro.
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Please forward the link to this article to as many people as possible. And encourage them to read the comments! The truth about Rosa DeLauro needs to be exposed: http://middletown-ct.patch.com/articles/wayne-winsley#youtube_video-11059802
Christopher Schaefer August 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
DeLauro refuses to take action on the federal debt time-bomb—now over $50,000 PER CITIZEN—because to stay in power she must continue to make unsustainable promises to her supporters. For example, see Rosa DeLauro's major contributors: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/pacs.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00000615&type=I She supports government created jobs—and her biggest supporter is Labor. She supports government-funded healthcare—and her 2nd biggest supporter is the healthcare industry. Wayne Winsley understands that, if govt. will stop giving political paybacks to ALL industry—and only provide a safety net to those who truly need it—we finally can get this country back on its feet. And the way to accomplish this is for voters to dump crony, lifetime, career politicians—like Rosa DeLauro.
John Brush August 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Thank you Christopher Schaefer! Similar comments by you would also be welcome at The Middletown Insider and Conservacity where articles about Wayne Winsley appeared yesterday.
Wayne Winsley August 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
John, thank you for your support and Christopher, keep,up the good work.
John Q. Public August 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM
It appears that the only reason Winsley thinks he should be elected is because he is not Rosa DeLauro. Other than that and meaningless platitudes, he has yet to say a word.
John Brush August 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
How wonderful it is to be "not" Rosa DeLauro! One needs only read the many comments above to understand why Rosa must go. Mr. Winsley had a lot to say about jobs in the short video above. Perhaps John Q did not see that or even read the comments that followed.
John Q. Public August 20, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Watched the video, read the comments. The entire video is meaningless tripe. He is going to restore America, get government out of our way, blah, blah blah. Nice talk, but how about an actual, concrete idea to back it up. The rhetoric always sounds wonderful, but the devil is in the details. Does he want to do away with the EPA so CEO's can make another billion, even if it means that taxpayers have to spend trillions cleaning up the next Remington Rand, Merriam Manufacturing or Omo Manufacturing toxic waste dump or drink toxic water? What specific regulations is he going to eliminate? What better idea does he have? It is easy to say you are for jobs and restoring America's greatness. If it was that easy it would have been done long ago. The fact that the only candidate the Republicans could find who was willing to run against DeLauro was Wayne Winsley shows pretty clearly that the vast majority of the Connecticut voters think that you are going to have to do more than just say you are not the incumbent to get elected.
Christopher Schaefer August 21, 2012 at 09:32 AM
History of [Fabian] London School of Economics: “the decision to found the school was made at a breakfast party on 4 August 1894. All believed in advancing SOCIALIST causes”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_London_School_of_Economics “The Fabian Society is a British SOCIALIST organization whose purpose is to advance the principles of democratic SOCIALISM via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary, means.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_Society Delauro was indoctrinated [i.e. graduated from] here—obviously this explains her long history of legislative obstructionism—and her ultimate agenda. (Ah, but typically the super-wealthy like DeLauro wouldn’t benefit from a Socialist Regime, you say. However, the elite ruling class typically has special privileges. For example, do a Google image search of “hu jintao limousine”. Also do a search of “Rosa DeLauro + Joelle Fishman”…)
Christopher Schaefer August 21, 2012 at 09:39 AM
SEE my numerous COMMENTS below: The truth about DeLauro needs to be exposed! Then FORWARD the link to this article to as many people as possible via email, Facebook, etc.—AND post this link in the “comments” section of other pertinent articles on the internet: http://middletown-ct.patch.com/articles/wayne-winsley#youtube_video-11059802
Christopher Schaefer August 22, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Rosa Delauro: “We know that free trade agreements...impede our ability to exert economic leverage over nations with whom we sign FTAs when they do not play by the rules, or act against U.S. interest.” After nearly 22 years in Congress DeLauro still doesn't get it: exerting “economic leverage” i.e. embargoes against nations that don't play by our rules DOESN'T WORK—it only strengthens the resolve of nations that hate us. Iran? More determined than ever to build nukes. Cuba? Still a Communist regime, only now led my senior citizens. Time to dump DeLauro and her outdated ideas.
Christopher Schaefer August 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Remedy for this: get rid of Delauro: "Federal debt held by the public will reach 73 percent of GDP by the end of this fiscal year—the highest level since 1950 and about twice the share that it measured at the end of 2007, before the financial crisis and recent recession...The unemployment rate will stay above 8 percent for the rest of the year...fiscal tightening will lead to economic conditions in 2013 that will probably be considered a recession” http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43539 (Yet DeLauro's wealth INCREASED by over $2 million last year. Careerist politics & cronyism pays well...)
Palin Smith August 24, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Well, Mr. Public, Winsley is saying plenty. Perhaps you're not listening. Try this on for size, my friend: http://youtu.be/ioGJPX0o04U
Palin Smith August 24, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Thanks to all of you who support Winsley for Congress. You are invited to his new campaign headquarters this Saturday at 4-7 PM. And the Grand Opening will be a week from today, August 31. Listen to Wayne: http://youtu.be/jfUclrC4qbE Wayne has a team leader who coordinates blogging and letters to the editor. By the number of comments on this article, I'd say many people are eager to help. So come to headquarters on Aug, 25 from 4-7 PM or call Wayne at 860-248-0324.
Palin Smith August 24, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Restoring America's greatness is an easy job for the right people. The trouble is people like Rosa DeLauro, who's more concerned if you get free diapers, eat what she says to eat or subscribe to her future utopia of food stamps and phoney entitlements. Winsley is just the man to wake up the duped and doped majority in the 3rd District. AND he's got a secret weapon in his political arsenal.
Christopher Schaefer August 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
More about super-wealthy, self-dealing, deceptive, insider-politically-connected, crony careerist Rosa DeLauro in the “Comments” BELOW this article: http://shelton.patch.com/articles/campaign-notebook-a-one-person-debate-about-jobs-2bbbb28e
Middletown Insider September 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Chris, open invitation for you to write for the Middletown Insider www.middletowninsider.com great comments!
Palin Smith September 04, 2012 at 11:43 PM
So, is this the liar you prefer to represent you? Do you think she cares any about you? http://youtu.be/xTsa0PvQxRc
Palin Smith September 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I'm sure Christopher would love to supply a regular OpEd at any time. And we know his favorite subject.
Christopher Schaefer September 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
More on "The DeLauro Factor"--including my revealing comments--here: http://easthaven.patch.com/blog_posts/the-delauro-factor-e5065dcd
Christopher Schaefer September 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Delauro's deceit. Regardless of your particular political persuasions, she should be called on this--and there should be a series of debates, so voters can make an informed choice: http://youtu.be/IhkZ0N-iT2Y


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