By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter
Mark Greenberg of Litchfield, a Real Estate developer and businessman is, for the second time, running for the Republican nomination to represent Connecticut’s 5th District seat in the U.S. Congress.
In 2010, Greenberg finished a close third in a three-way Republican primary in which he spent more than $1 million of his own money.
He hasn’t really stopped running for the 5th District seat, and is again drawing on his personal fortune to fund his campaign.
Greenberg considers himself the most socially conservative candidate among the field of Republicans, which, combined with some of the Tea Party support he received in his last run, could be a big factor in a 2012 vote that will be split among five candidates.
Greenberg has signed a pledge (and asked his opponents to sign the same) to adhere to term limits, to eschew a public-financed pension and to personally adhere to any and every law passed by Congress.
Greenberg is adamantly opposed to President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying “The American people don’t want it and it does not work.” Instead, to “drive down” health care costs Greenberg proposes to implement national medical liability reform, allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines, provide options to purchase health insurance that are not tied to the workplace and allow the purchase of catastrophic coverage in all states.
In 2010, at a taping of “Conservative Chat,” The Barkhamsted Republican Town Committee’s monthly political interview show during his first run for the 5th Congressional district seat he is currently seeking, Greenberg said the then proposed health care bill was “the wrong prescription for America.”
“I think that any bill that’s 2,500 pages long should be immediately shredded. I usually like to say how “Atlas Shrugged” is 839 or 840 pages, written by Ayn Rand, and certainly this bill is not three times as good as “Atlas Shrugged” or The Bible,” he said. “Something that takes 2,500 pages long to explain just is too complicated. This health care bill really looks to destroy the Taj Mahal, basically, in order to repair the kitchen floor. You don’t need to do that. The health care delivery system in this country is the best in the world, bar none. “