State Senator Sam Caligiuri’s bid for the GOP Senate nomination has been viewed as a longshot from its beginning back in March. Questions were raised about how he would raise the funds necessary to compete and how he would expand his profile beyond his Waterbury-based State Senate District.
The 2nd Quarter financial filings seemed to confirm Sen. Caligiuri’s standing as a likely “also ran” candidate as he raised just over $125k compared to former Ambassador Tom Foley’s $530k and former Rep. Rob Simmons’ $750k haul.
But in recent weeks, Team Caligiuri seems to have found its footing. The candidate who was hesitant to criticize Sen. Dodd when questioned by Sean Hannity now is pounding away with a revamped message that received criticism for being too strident in recent days.
Further, the “Sam for US Senate” website has just gotten a fresh coat of paint, complete with far more rhetorical firepower:
Dodd fails to pass any financial services reforms
+ Dodd pleads with the President to “step up” on health care, admitting he cannot offer the leadership required
= Dodd is the right choice to lead health care reform?
As spending money is a strong sign that one has money, Caligiuri’s moves suggest that with the Legislative Session over, he has put his shoulder into fundraising and it has likely paid off.
These positive steps speak well of the still-nascent Caligiuri effort and make it likely that he will be anything but an “also ran” candidate.