McCoy's U.S. Senate Ambitions Taking Flight

Vernon Mayor's campaign moves past the exploratory stage.

The U.S. Senate campaign of Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy has moved past the exploratory stage. He stepped things up over the weekend by making it clear he is running.

It's been a busy past few days for McCoy, who announced in July that the would not seek a third term as Vernon's mayor and would explore a run for a Senate seat.

Late last week, the local Republican Party honored him at a dinner. On Sunday McCoy said he will be seeking the Republican nomination for a Senate seat on "Face the State." Mayor McCoy also spoke during the 80th-annual GOP clambake and campaign kickoff event at Greenwich Point and reiterated that announcement.
“I have decided to run for Senate, because our country needs a leader with experience - a leader who can say no to higher taxes, out-of-control government spending, and wasteful borrowing," McCoy said. “As a Connecticut mayor, I have cut taxes and passed a fiscally responsible, balanced budget for the past four years. I have eliminated wasteful government spending and duplicity. I have the experience to send a message to Washington, a message that the status-quo of big government, fiscal irresponsibility and unsustainability must stop."
Washington already has a member of Congress who hails from Vernon - Democratic U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney. McCoy's comments, however, were far from bi-partisan.

“In Connecticut, we have a governor who has decided to not only raise taxes, but to also retroactively levy them. At the federal level, the Obama administration has announced 1.5 trillion dollars in new taxes,'' he said. “Over taxation and wasteful spending creates uncertainty and stifles the economy. How can American entrepreneurs and innovators, the job creators, create jobs for anyone - for the millions of Americans who are looking or who have stopped looking for jobs - if they cannot plan?"

About 80 people attended the dinner at Georgina's restaurant to honor McCoy after serving four years as mayor.

Former U.S. Rep. Robert Simmons was the keynote speaker.

Guests included state Rep. Pamela Sawyer of Bolton, state Rep. Timothy Ackert of Coventry, whose district includes part of Vernon and Christopher Coutu of Taftville, who is challenging Courtney. 

State Sen. Tony Guglielmo of Stafford,. who also represents Vernon,  presented McCoy with a Connecticut General Assembly Citation.  Deputy Mayor Brian Motola presented a Citation of Appreciation from the Town of Vernon. 

Also in attendance were Robert R. Morra, First Selectman of Bolton and Louis Spadaccini, Mayor of Manchester, as well as Republican members of the Vernon Town Council and Board of Education.

Said McCoy of his Senate bid, “This election is critical for our country. America simply cannot sustain its current economic and political environment – the tax, spend and borrow policies of this administration need to stop. Connecticut and the country need a fiscally responsible U.S. senator."

Daria Novak September 20, 2011 at 02:52 PM
The Vernon Republican Town Committee held a wonderful fundraiser. We had a great time, shared stories & laughed. It's good to see Republicans making a comeback in CT. We need a strong, two-party system to ensure voters have a choice. As I campaign across Eastern CT, running for the 2nd Congressional District seat, the news I hear is the same. People are saying, "enough is enough." They are listening to our message & realizing that liberal tax-and-spend Democrats in Hartford and DC don't represent the people well. We're broke. We want experienced, principled candidates who are not afraid to speak out on the issues, have solutions to our problems, & are as good as their word. Republicans are providing a choice. It's up to voters to decide who will best represent their interests- the Party that gave us big government, high taxes, and business killing over-regulation or one offering smaller government, lower taxes and small business tax incentives to help create private sector jobs. I don't want more of the same failed policies. Republicans are just getting started - & what a start it is! I hope everyone reading this will find a campaign they believe in & come out to work for that person. I invite you to join me on the campaign trail, too. I am happy to respond to your questions, listen to your concerns and work to earn your support, so I can serve you well in Washington. Please join us to help make CT a business friendly state where our kids can afford to live and retire.
meowkats4 September 20, 2011 at 03:12 PM
I got to admit McCoy has moxie, and could pull it off as our new Senator in Congress, but we will have to see what he is all about. I for one want a GRATE Senator to represent our State of Connecticut far better then Dodd did in the last few years in the Senate. When you get to Washington, it gobbles up the Senators and brings them into the "CLUB" of here you are and this is how we do things! Times are far different now and what worked in the 20th century no longer works now. We need much more stronger minded Senators that understand they need to keep those of us in their State in their minds at all times because, we sent them to represent all Americans in this Country. Will, have to wait and see what McCoy is all about.
Palin Smith September 21, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Who let the cage open? Rino central in Vernon. Where's the money going? To Chris Murphy's campaign?
meowkats4 September 21, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Okay Palin, go follow the money!! We need some good investigative REPORTERS in this STATE. I am sure the rewards will be wonderful when people see and hear where their TAX DOLLARS GO! I'm one of them that would love to KNOW!
Dan Roggi September 29, 2011 at 05:10 PM
McCoy, thanks for dividing Vernon and looking out for yourself and your friends. Yep he's exactly what we need at the state level, another ego maniac, self absorbed politician.
Chris Dehnel (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Mr. Dover - now you have turned to this story for the name-calling. You are on notice to cease. Patch is not in the libel business and you are walking a thin line.
Chris Dehnel (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 03:08 AM
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