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David Cappiello is the Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut

David Cappiello is the Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 5th Congressional District (map) of Connecticut. He is challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep Chris Murphy. [1]


Positions, record and controversies


David J. Cappiello, born August 15, 1968, is a businessman and State Senator representing Connecticut’s 24th Senate District, which includes the communities of Danbury, New Fairfield, Bethel (part) and Sherman. In the Senate, he serves as Deputy Minority Leader and Ranking Member of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.

He is currently a mortgage loan officer for Flagstar Bank, Danbury,Connecticut

Cappiello’s political career began in 1993when at the age of 25, he was elected to the Danbury Common Council. [2]

In 1994, he won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in a contest for the 138th District seat being vacated by Republican Mark Nielsen, who was running for the State Senate. He was easily re-elected to the State House in 1996. [3]

In 1998, Cappiello announced he was vacating his seat in the House of Representatives to run for the State Senate in the 24th District, where Mark Nielsen was retiring to challenge freshman Congressman James H. Maloney. He defeated Democrat Paul Estefan in a landslide- 62.24% to 37.76%, and was re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006. [4]

In the Legislature, Cappiello’s priorities include open space and environmental preservation, support for non-profit service providers, public safety, and health care reform. His legislative accomplishments include the State preservation of 130 acres of open space land at the Bogus Farm in Bethel, a comprehensive legislative review of the State’s Homeland Security preparedness, and a law that requires all newborn babies be screened for life threatening metabolic disorders. He also led the successful effort in 2008 to thwart a scheduled increase in the State’s gas tax. In 2006, Cappiello was honored by the AARP for his leadership in preserving prescription drug coverage for thousands of Connecticut senior citizens. [5]

A strong fiscal conservative, Cappiello was tapped in 2005 to serve as Ranking Republican Member of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for writing the State’s Biennial budget. [6]

He is a fierce proponent of the State’s spending cap and vocal critic of Connecticut’s high tax burden, and voted in opposition to four of the last seven state budgets due to tax and spending increases. As Ranking Member of the budget panel, Cappiello was instrumental in the successful Republican effort of 2007 to pass a “no tax increase” budget, despite initial opposition from legislative Democrats. [7]

Cappiello is heavily involved in many civic and cultural organizations, including the Danbury Lebanon American Club, Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, Danbury Lions Club, Danbury Land Trust, American Red Cross of Western Connecticut, Portuguese Cultural Center, and St. Anthony’s Maronite Church. [8]

2008 elections

On April 18th, 2008, David Cappiello filed a Campaign Committee with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep Chris Murphy. [9]

On May 10th, 2008, Cappiello was officially chosen as the Republican nominee at the Fifth District nominating Convention in Southbury. [10]. Cappiello’s candidacy has drawn the attention of the National Republican Congressional Committee(NRCC) and political observers.

The Washington Post’s political blogger Chris Cillizza named Cappiello one of the “Top 2008 Recruits” [11], and in October of 2007, Cappiello was included in the NRCC’s Challengers Helping Obtain the Majority Program (CHOMP) [12] to help raise funds for select candidates challenging incumbent Democratic Members of Congress.

On June 9th, 2008, Cappiello announced his campaign had raised over $1,000,000 for his challenge to Murphy. [13]

During the campaign, Cappiello has focused on economic issues- both in his own policy statements and in his criticisms of his opponent’s record. He supports eliminating earmarks from the federal budget and extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts [14]

Cappiello has criticized Murphy on both accounts, pointing to Murphy’s failure to support a Congressional earmark moratorium despite claims during his 2006 campaign that he’d support ending the practice. [15]

Cappiello supports lifting the ban on offshore oil and gas exploration, increased construction of nuclear power plants, and reform of the oil futures market in addition to conservation and renewable energy measures [16], calling American reliance on foreign oil “a matter of personal, economic, and national security.” [17].

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Campaign contributions

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Committee to Elect David Cappiello for Congress
8 Christopher Columbus Ave
Danbury, CT 06810

E-mail: campaign@davidcappiello.com

Articles and resources

See also


  1. Connecticut 2008 General Election,"The Green Papers, August 13, 2008
  2. Official State Senate Biography | Connecticut Senate Republicans
  3. Official Senate Senate Press Kit | Connecticut Senate Republicans
  4. 1998 Connecticut State Senate Election Results | Connecticut Secretary Of The State
  5. Connecticut Senate Republicans: David Cappiello Press Release
  6. Connecticut Senate Republicans: Senator Cappiello Press Release
  7. Committee To Elect David Cappiello To Congress: Congressional Campaign Press Release
  8. Committee To Elect David Cappiello To Congress: Congressional Campaign Press Release
  9. Real Clear Politics: David Cappiello To Challenge Chris Murphy For House Seat
  10. | New Britain Herald: David Cappiello Nominated To Run Against Chris Murphy, May 12, 2008]
  11. Top 2008 GOP House Recruits | The Washington Post
  12. 2008 Cappiello Named To CHOMP Program | National Republican Congressional Committee
  13. Congressional Campaign Committee Press Release | Committee To Elect David Cappiello To Congress
  14. Cappiello Takes Stance On Excessive Earmarks | Litchfield (CT) County Times
  15. Congressional Campaign Press Release | Committee To Elect David Cappiello To Congress
  16. | New Britain Herald, July 1, 2008 < !-- Bot generated title -->]
  17. | The News-Times (Danbury, CT), July 3, 2008]

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