Ethan Book for U.S. Senate | Connecticut

May 27

Update May 22, 2010

There is a recognized principle that while playing American football, there are times that it is best to drop back and punt. However, in doing so, the team that punts is still in the game!!!

At the Connecticut Republican Convention in Hartford last evening, at about 7:30 p.m., I formally withdrew this campaign from the Convention. The ostensible reason was that I was not able to find a qualified delegate to place my name in nomination. After several weeks of pursuing several possible contacts and after having arrived to the Convention at about 1:00 p.m. yesterday to begin the process of consulting various known delegates and introducing myself to many others, the consistent response was that the people simply hadn't known me enough.

I formally announced this candidacy on February 25th, that at least six months after other Republican candidates had begun active campaigning. With other preliminary activities to address, the campaign particularly jumped into action with the Sacred Heart Candidates' Day on April 13th. In Connecticut, there are nearly 170 municipalities. Following the formal announcement, I was able to appear to Republican Town Committee meetings of about 10% of the total communities. I attended various Republican special events.

I did interviews for multiple radio and cable television programs. I also actively participated in various Tea Party events as well as a Bridgeport school focus event. On the afternoon prior to the Convention, I went to Hartford to individually place a one-page (front and back) summary Campaign Platform (See campaign website.) on more than 1500 chairs which were set up at the Convention hall. After my withdrawal was announced, I was told that two Congressional candidates for the 5th District had withdrawn.

Considering feedback that I received prior to and following the withdrawal, I consider this campaign to be a continuing success for the following reasons:

  1. After me having been rather low public profile for over two decades while pursuing issues in state and federal courts, the campaign has had a very positive effect of my re-emergence and re-introduction to the public arena.
  2. There has been nearly unanimous consensus that the Campaign Platform is good and solid. I continue to say that it has great depth and breadth. Numerous delegates with whom I spoke yesterday commented that they had read it and found it to be quite good. One particular point of the Platform which is drawing very broad support is the proposed expansion of the term of office for a Congressman from two years to four years.
  3. The campaign process has been serving to re-align me with the Republican Party. For the yet unaddressed issues of the resource recovery problems which surfaced in the mid-1980's, those matters were mainly a product of Democrat Party administration in state government. However, there were also several of Republican leadership who were also involved. That situation has tended to cause some stresses between me and some local Republican groups. It appears that some people have taken the view that Party organization interests supercede the interests and rights of the citizen. That view goes to the distinction which I made in the Biography found at the website between the positivist theory of govenment and the Natural Law theory of Constitutional government. Over the long-term, the positivist view is doomed to failure. Look at the record of the Tower of Babel in scripture and also the Berlin Wall, among others! From the great majority of the local Republican Town Committees to which I appeared, I and my message have been very warmly received!
  4. I have been recognized as a multi-cultural candidate.
  5. I have found alliance with various Tea Party groups.

Following the announcement by the Convention moderator of my withdrawal, I received various supportive comments. One of a conservative political media company recommended that I obtain the 8500 signatures for a primary campaign (which if done must be done within about two weeks) or that I continue the campaign with the Independent Constitutional Party. One prominent member of a local town committee offerred that he would assist me in obtaining signatures. Several First Selectman and town committee chairmen said that they like what I am presenting and they would like to continue to hear from me. In fact, before my recent presentation to a local town committee, there had been a straw poll which committed the various delegates of that district to other candidates. However, after my recent presentation among several others, a presentation which was well received. there was a consensus that when the straw poll was taken, they didn't have all the facts and at another committee meeting just before the Convention, there was another vote of the committee to release all the delegates to allow them to vote according to their individual discretion. In addition, a well-known television reporter who had obviously thorougly read the campaign website, had several good questions. Further, a candidate for Governor commented that the campaign has been a complete success because of the positive issue development.

The proposed nominating and seconding speech which I had ready for prospective delegates to formalize my nomination were designed to allow the delegates to get to know me better and for some issue development. For those same purposes, those proposed speeches are attached for your review. Of note is that the seconding speech deals with contrasts between me and Richard Blumenthal. It is curious that for the tabloid style publication entitled "2010 Connecticut State Conventions" which gave photos and brief editorials on the major candidates of both parties and was made available to all attendees of the Convention, I was positioned next to Richard Blumenthal (a curious coincidence). Also, there likely will soon be a background video of personal photos published on U-Tube (prepared by supporter Eduardo Alvarenga).

I feel good for what has been accomplished. I welcome your comments, thoughts and suggestions. Also, financial contributions will be appreciated to cover about $2,000 in pending campaign expenses including the superb work for the preparation and development of the website by Jon Dupree of Veritage Marketing in Danbury.

God is good!

Regards,
Ethan Book
Tel. (203) 943-0045

    Constitutional integrity and individual freedom with global focus!



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May 20

Update May 19, 2010

Hello Friends,

As the Connecticut Republican Convention quickly approaches (May 21st), I take this opportunity to provide important information about this candidacy.  Considering that background about me is readily available at the campaign website, I provide here important information about the campaign platform and also some material of contrast.

Most Republican candidates talk about reducing the size of government, of reducing government spending and reducing taxes.  However, not much is said by other candidates regarding proper reference for such objectives; Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, that Section dealing with powers and limitations of Congress and the 10th Amendment which specifically deals powers which are reserved for the States.  Simply considering the much talked about matter of earmarks, there is no way that it can be said that earmarks satisfy the constitutional limitations of Congress if they have never been reviewed in Committee.

Also, it is time for judicial reform.  Our state and federal laws are very good.  However, in the administration of the laws in the Courts, there is a clear tendency of preference for corporations and governments.  That means that individuals and minority groups get the short end of justice.  This tendency may look good for corporations and governments in the short term.  However, over the long term, this trend becomes very destructive for families, communities, society and even for the government organizations which are presumed to be benefited.  Our current national crises are a result of such a trend running its full course.

In addition, there is a need for congressional reform.  My campaign platform (with a summary available at the campaign website) includes four important points for congressional reform.  One of those deals with term limits.  I recommend a maximum of 18 years for a senator and 16 years for a congressman.  Also, the term of office for a congressman should be expanded from two years to four years.  This makes a lot of good sense.

With regard to the pro-life versus pro-choice issue, I have reviewed Roe v. Wade and I have concluded that the Supreme Court erred.  There was not the threshold preponderance of evidence for a federal court to reverse a state statute on the basis of constitutionality.  Also, while I agree with the high court that a woman has a limited right of privacy (re: the 9th Amendment which provides for rights which are reserved for the people), when considering abortion, that limited right of privacy must be contemplated together with a right of privacy of the fetus and the right of privacy of the father.

It is also time to deal with claims that have been made by another Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, economist Peter Schiff.  Early in this campaign, I was hearing radio ads wherein he claimed that regarding the current financial crisis, no one sounded the alarm louder than he did.  In a letter sent to him on March 20th (copy attached hereto), I asserted that his claim is incorrect.  I gave brief undisputed explanation by pointing out that in 1994 and 1995, I presented federal lawsuits against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (that for undisputed substantive claims including bond fraud).

Following that letter, for several weeks, I didn't hear more of Mr. Schiff's ads with such a claim.  Then in mid April, I began hearing them again.  On April 30th, I sent a letter to WCBS 880 AM Radio (with copy sent to Mr. Schiff).  I repeated the objection of my previous letter to Mr. Schiff.  I also made several other observations.  In his ads, Mr. Schiff claims that if elected, he would hold the other 99 senators accountable.  However, there has been no known response or action by Mr. Schiff to the attached letter which I sent to Senator Christopher Dodd on November 20, 2009.  The letter gives undisputed detail which I received from credible sources about Mr. Dodd's involvement in what I describe as "weed-gate".  A copy of that letter had been sent to Mr. Schiff (as well as to Linda McMahon and Rob Simmons) on about November 20, 2009.

In addition, there is nothing of Mr. Schiff's ads which make any mention of holding the President accountable.  In that regard, I direct you to a letter which I sent to President Barack Obama on December 22, 2009.  The letter refers to the earlier letter regarding "weed-gate" and of plausible implications of that for the curious announcement made in mid December of 2009 of a $100 million federal subsidy for construction of a university hospital in Connecticut (i.e,, reported as a "favor" to Senator Dodd), that just at the time that the Democrat congressional leadership was scrambling to get its over-reaching and constitutionally excessive health care legislation passed.  Mr. Schiff (as well as the other Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate) was provided a copy that letter on April 19, 2010 without any apparent response or action.

I am a conservative Republican.  I am not a liberal Republican, a neo-conservative or a libertarian.  Rather, I have been a conservative Republican since before it became politically popular to be conservative.

Also, I believe that when our great nation was founded, God selected our nation for a special purpose.  However, that special purpose is now in jeopardy.  There are required some men and women of conviction, courage and leadership to get our great nation back on track.

Please support this candidacy which in reality is your candidacy!

Regards,
Ethan Book
Tel. (203) 943-0045

 

Constitutional integrity and individual freedom with global focus!

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May 20

Update May 11, 2010

Hello, Friends,

Matters progress steadily and well for preparation for the upcoming convention.

I am in the process of preparing a convention video (which would be presented after the nominating speech and the seconding speech).  Likely inclusion will be some of the attached photos, also some photographs from Colombia when I was in the Peace Corps followed by some photographs taken in Connecticut. The attached photos are briefly described as follow:

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  First grade picture taken at Parkway Elementary School in Frederick, MD

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  Fourth grade class picture at Parkway Elementary School

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  In high school senior year with Eduardo, an exchange student from Uruguay, S.A. (also with Santa Claus)

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  High school senior picture

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  In Oklahoma during two-month cross-country motorcycle trip in 1969

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  As senior credit officer in main branch system of Bank of America in Santo Domingo, D.R. in 1980

This is just a portion of what is planned for the convention.  I am in the process of reviewing prospects of individuals for the nominating speech and the seconding speech.  If you have any particular suggestions (of persons who must be delegates to the Republican Convention), please pass the suggestions to me.

Financial contributions, even of small amounts, are welcomed.  They should be made payable to "Ethan Book for U.S. Senate" which would be for deposit in the designated treasury account at Peoples United Bank and they can be sent to the post office box cited below!

The Convention time is approaching rapidly, May 21st and 22nd.

The time is right and the issues are right.  God is good!

Regards,
Ethan Book
P.O. Box 1385
Fairfield, CT  06825
Tel. (203) 943-0045

Constitutional integrity and individual freedom with global focus!

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May 21

Update May 6th,2010

Hello, Friends,

Today Wednesday has been a very interesting day!  At 5:00 p.m., I went to an After-Hours reception of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.  It was a Cinco de Mayo theme held at the renovated Arcade on Main Street in Bridgeport.  The location is quite large and well-done, with a large interior glassed dome area and apparently awaiting additional businesses to contract for space.  The Latin cuisine and Mexican costumes were abundant.  For sound and ambiance, they had representatives of Radio Cumbre, the Hispanic station 1450 AM.  The owner of the station is Pablo Colon whom I know from Principe de Paz Church as well as through the El Alfarero Hispanic radio prison ministry.  Of course we greeted each other.  I had to leave the reception early for a limousine service booking.  However, Pablo insisted that I wait a moment.  It appeared that he wanted to speak on the air about the candidacy.  We waited for a song to finish and he then did a brief, light interview in Spanish.  He mentioned the candidacy.  I explained, "Soy republicano conservador!.  He asked what I thought about the remodeled Arcade.  I said, "Es verdaderamente fabulosa!"  He then asked what I thought of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.  I said, "Debido a que vivia por ocho anos en america latina y que la cultura me pego, me gusta mucho!"  It was quite a welcome spur-of-the-moment opportunity!

Tomorrow Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., I'll be at a Stratford Tea Party promotion to be held at the corner of Main Street and Barnum Street in Stratford.  The primary objectives of the Tea Party movement are reduction of government, reduction of government regulation and reduction of taxes (objectives which are supported by 1/3 of Democrats).  All of that squarely fits the first point of my Campaign Platform.  Cheryl Lemos, the Stratford Tea Party coordinator, has published on their website and Facebook site that I will be present.  Your presence to support this effective movement is encouraged. 

At 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening, I will be at the annual meeting of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (to be held at the Covenant Church in Easton).  Rev. Brian Schofield-Bodt was the senior pastor of the Golden Hill Methodist Church in Bridgeport where I attended for a number of years before I began to attend in 2004 Principe de Paz in Bridgeport.  He is now the President of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport.  I look forward to an interesting event!

Also, our Campaign Treasurer, Rev. Lyle Wahlberg, has presented an idea for a plan for concerned citizens to buy U.S. Savings Bonds for the purpose of retiring international debt (i.e., with China).  The idea as it stands is that it would be voluntary, would likely offer an interest rate that would be better than usual CD rates (taking into account tax free interest), and of course would decrease our nation's dependence on foreign debt sources.  When I worked in banking in Latin America (i.e., the late 1970's), large international banks were participating with the International Monetary Fund to assist countries like Brazil and Argentina.  There were refinancing programs which involved strict conditions of reducing government spending and increasing taxes.  That was the only way that the plans would work.  If we don't get control of government spending in this great nation, we soon will be facing a similar situation here.  The idea proposed by Lyle might work if there are strict conditions that the concurrent reduction in international debt would not be considered by the federal government as an additional opportunity for more borrowing!!!

The Connecticut Republican Convention quickly approaches (i.e., May 21st and 22nd).  Much is happening.  The pace is fast and getting faster!  Things are looking very interesting!

Regards,
Ethan Book
Tel. (203) 943-0045

Constitutional integrity and individual freedom with global focus!

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