The Republican candidate in the 5th Congressional District race says more government is not the answer when it comes to helping residents. Clay Cope says the unconscionable price increases for the EpiPen, coupled with higher costs and fewer choices for under Obamacare illustrate the fundamental flaw in Elizabeth Esty's approach to government.
The Sherman First Selectman says both programs were mandates and are anti-competitive.
Cope was also critical of an announcement last week by Esty and Senator Richard Blumenthal about a move to ban flavored e-cigarettes. He says that should not be a top priority, pointing to a lackluster economy, slow growth of good-paying jobs and an increase in ISIS-inspired terrorist acts. Cope called Esty "a creature of Washington", saying she ignores the real issues facing voters in the 5th District to participate in photo ops.
Cope renewed his call for a debate in each of the 41 municipalities in the 5th District. He says voters have a right to examine Esty's record of performance in Washington, and her plans for the future.