Windsor Town Councilman Mike McDonald stood before a room full of supporters at Monday evening and officially launched his bid for United States Congress, rallying around "the everyday struggles that we face."
"Our country is in trouble. The United States has an over $15 trillion debt, coupled with a poor economy; jobs are scarce, people are fighting to make ends meet and put food on their tables for their families," he said, adding that politicians in Washington have lost touch with that reality.
"I've had the experience in public office and in business to make tough choices… I know what it means to create a job or go without a paycheck because when you're the guy in charge, your employees get taken care of first. I know what it is to take a pay cut. I've done that to make sure I didn't have to lay off plenty of my employees. Do they know that in Washington? Do they understand the everyday struggles we face?" he asked.
The councilman's words Monday made it crystal clear that he intends to go after the disgruntled district voter, regardless of party officiation, who is looking for change in D.C.
"I know the challenge that I face is an uphill battle," he said. "I do not go into this race with blinders on. I'm running to be the congressman of the first district, not the congressman of special interests and partisanship."
He concluded his speech Monday promising to dedicate himself to the needs of Connecticut residents, and requesting supporters stand by his side to "move this district, state and country forward."