Rick Torres Endorses Obsitnik For Congress

Rick Torres, the 2011 Republican mayoral candidate, has endorsed congressional candidate Steve Obsitnik, one of two Republicans battling for the party nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Jim Himes. The other is Chris Meek.

Where are the Republicans in the city? Many of them are in Black Rock, Rick’s home base where he operates the popular Harborview Market. Obsitnik built goodwill with Bridgeport Republicans by announcing his candidacy in the city a few months ago. Most of the city’s GOP political leaders tend to coalesce around the same candidate. From the Obsitnik campaign:


NORWALK, February 2, 2012 – Rick Torres, Bridgeport’s Republican Mayoral candidate in the 2011 election, announced today that he has endorsed Steve Obsitnik for U.S. Congress from Connecticut’s 4th District. Mr. Torres, a life‐long Bridgeport resident, is the owner of the popular Harborview Market and is an active member of several neighborhood and community organizations.

“Steve Obsitnik is committed to getting government out of the way of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Bridgeport so they can create more jobs for our community,” said Mr. Torres. “Steve will fight for Bridgeport families to have greater access to quality education and skills training so they can fulfill the American Dream. He believes in the people of our urban communities, and the spirit of all citizens in the 4th District.”

“Rick Torres is an inspirational, dedicated leader in the community who understands that we must promote an opportunity society for everyone. The cities of this district are our future, and no one understands that better than Rick Torres,” declared Steve Obsitnik. “I am proud to have Rick’s support, and I look forward to working with him on the most critical issues of the day, and implementing solutions to put our district and our nation back on the right track.”

Steve Obsitnik has been a technology industry entrepreneur and small business executive for more than 15 years in both the Silicon Valley and Connecticut. Mr. Obsitnik is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. Prior to Annapolis, Mr. Obsitnik graduated from Stamford High School in 1985 where he was a captain of the varsity soccer team. He served for five years in the U.S. Navy, primarily as a Lieutenant on board the U.S.S. Ray, a nuclear attack submarine.

After completing his naval duty, Mr. Obsitnik attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master’s in Business Administration with a degree in finance. He is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Mr. Obsitnik lives in Westport with his wife Suzanne and their two daughters.



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