Naval veteran and entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik surprised political observers when he receive enough delegate support at the Republican convention to qualify for an August gubernatorial primary against party endorsed Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst who came in second in the delegate sweepstakes. In 2012, Obsitnik was the Republican nominee for congress against Democratic incumbent Jim Himes. As he tells Mark Davis of WTNH, he wants to “put out this fire.”
51-year-old Steve Obsitnik of Westport came in third at last month’s convention garnering 18 percent of the delegates on the second ballot surprising many that he easily qualified for the August primary.
A graduate of the U.S, Naval Academy, he helped develop the technology known to almost everyone now as “Siri” and recently sold the smart antenna company called “Quintel.” A former nuclear submarine officer he says his only interest is in straightening out the ship of state saying, “I do not want to be your U.S. Senator or U.S. Congressman. I want to run into this fire, put out this fire and then I go home and I do something else with my life.”
He doesn’t buy frontrunner Mark Boughton’s plan to phase out the ‘Income Tax’ and lumps him together with former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst as career politicians trying to climb the political ladder adding, “For forty years, since I graduated from high school, actually since I graduated from college, we’ve been going down a road to ruin in Connecticut and that road has been led by career politicians.”
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