THE STARTING POINT FOR APPROACHING ISSUES AND SOLVING PROBLEMS. I’M ABOUT SOLVING PROBLEMS. THE DECISIONS I MAKE, AND THE ACTIONS I TAKE, BEGIN WITH THE APPLICATION OF THESE GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO THE PROBLEM OR ISSUE.
Pragmatism Before Ideology - Find the practical solutions to the problems before us instead of being limited to party philosophy and group-think. Put Connecticut before politics.
Freedom - The defining principle of a conservative is freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom from undue interference by government and freedom to be personally responsible for our lives.
All Ideas Matter - Embrace opposition and consider all points of view with respect and be unafraid to consider new ideas and to enter into respectful debate. This is also known as listening.
Do Good, Not What Feels Good - Every solution must be measured by the good it accomplishes and not by how good it makes us feel. Money in a tin cup makes us feel good, but finding sustainable funding to relieve homelessness achieves something meaningful.
Less is More - Sometimes the most powerful and courageous word for a leader is the word ‘No’. We must always be prepared to say no to the regulations, legislations, or funding requests that fail to provide clear changes or benefits to Connecticut or our nation.