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> DeLauro faces two foes for her U.S. rep. seat
> By JEFF MILL , The Herald Press
> Two rivals, including one who ran in 2002, are trying to unseat the
> incumbent congresswoman in the Third Congressional District.
> For the past 14 years, the seat has been held by Democrat Rosa
> year, she again faces opposition from Richter "Rick" Elser, a New Haven
> resident and businessman who chal-lenged her in 2002, and from Green
> candidate Ralph Ferrucci, an artist who is also a bread and cookie
> A self-described moderate Republican, Elser calls his í02 contest with
> DeLauro "a learning experience," that provided him with name
> recognition and something else: an awareness that "I like
> Born on Philadelphiaís Main Line, Elser, 45, came to New Haven to
> attend Yale University. He earned a history degree and graduated in
> 1981, and then stayed on in the Elm City. At one point, he ran
> Richterís, a popular in-town
> bar; he later ran the Tibwin restaurant on College Street.
> He has described himself as "the only guy in the race who has actually
> a real job, met a payroll, dealt with taxes, and knows how government
> legislation impacts small business owners."
> He has come back to that fact again and again during the campaign,
> urging a
> policy that, if not pro-business in the strictest sense, at the very
> encourages more awareness of the pressures on small businesses, which
> he has
> describes as the lifeblood of the economy.
> On the other side of the political spectrum from Elser stands
> who like the Republi-can, is also a New Haven resident.
> Ferrucci is also fairly bursting with ideas, on everything from the
> Iraq to the centerpiece of his campaign, universal health care for all
> It is an issue that is very personal to him.
> "Right now, there are nearly 45 million people who live without health
> In fact, I am one of those people," he explained. "The rising cost of
> are has made it hard for lower and middle income (people) to be able to
> afford it."
> Ferrucci proposes a single-payer universal health care that calls for
> expanding Medicare. He says not only will it meet the goal of
> providing health care to all citizens, but it will save money.
> "The system john Kerry is proposing will cost too much money," he
> But Ferrucci said his proposal will save as much as $286 billion a
> a health care bu-reaucracy that is fast approaching $400 billion
> "This system has worked well in other countries, none of which spend
> as we do per capita for health care," he said, adding that the U.S. "is
> only industrialized nation that does not have a universal health are
> system." Cuba has a better system than the U.S., Ferrucci said.
> On Iraq, Ferrucci is equally emphatic: he is calling for a pullout of
> troops within six months.
> "It is time to pull out our soldiers, foreign contractors, and the
> investors who are in Iraq," he said, adding that it can be done is
> such a
> way that "we will not leave Iraq to become an anarchist state."
> "First, we need to give the oil back to the people of Iraq." Ferrucci
> do that by setting up what is in essence a stock option program, in
> every Iraqi over the age of 18 would get "one share in Iraqi oil -- and
> one can own more than one share."
> "This will give the people of Iraq a reason to live and something to
> be proud of," he insisted. Next, he calls for setting up a peace force
> which will take the place of U.S. troops and ensure na-tional
> elections can be held. Finally, he said the U.S. must contribute
> humanitarian aid "to build
> back the infrastructure we helped to destroy. We cannot leave the
> country in
> the shape it is in."
> Finally, in an effort to create jobs, Ferrucci calls for tuition-free
> education for students who go to state universities.
> Sending people back to school for re-training can create jobs in
> education, and nursing, all areas he said that are now facing a
> shortage of
> trained workers.
> To contact Jeff Mill, call (860)347-3331 ext. 221 or email
> ©The Bristol Press 2004
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