David M. Walker Blog

On Monday August 14th I had the opportunity to meet with former United States Comptroller General David M. Walker. Dave is a republican candidate for Governor in 2018. Dave has a very interesting backstory. He was born in Alabama and has lived in several states since then. He then went on to receive his B.S. in accounting from Jacksonville University and a Senior Management in Government Certificate in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dave first worked in accounting for several years for firms such as Arthur Andersen LLP. Dave has been confirmed unanimously three times by the U.S. Senate, which included serving in the labor department during the Reagan administration. In 1998, Bill Clinton nominated Dave as the United States Comptroller General. He was confirmed unanimously by the senate. The Comptroller General is the head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Comptroller General’s job is to ensure the fiscal and managerial accountability of the federal government. In the interview, Dave talks more about the appointment process, the responsibilities of the Comptroller General, and some of the things he accomplished while he was in the office. In 2010 Dave stepped down from the job and went on to serve on various foundations and initiatives that worked to make sure the federal government was spending, and using their money wisely. Dave is now a candidate for governor and wants to turn around the state. He talks more about his campaign and how he will turn around the state in the interview. I interviewed Dave at 5pm at his house on the water in the black rock section of Bridgeport. As I arrived, he was wrapping up a meeting with one of his campaign staffers. Dave was very welcoming and we talked for a while before and after the interview. My interview setup looked very good. I had a model of a ship and the ocean behind Dave and I. The interview lasted a little over 20 minutes and I asked him about many issues facing the state as well as more about his career and personal life. I really enjoyed my interview with David M. Walker and I wish him luck on the campaign trail.



Chris Mattei Blog

On Tuesday, August 8th I had the opportunity to interview Chris Mattei, who is exploring a run for Governor of Connecticut. Chris has an interesting back story. He was born and raised in Windsor, CT and then attended Georgetown University and Uconn Law School. He originally wanted to be a teacher and taught English on A Navajo reservation in Arizona.  He then became a lawyer and served as the Assistant United States Attorney for the State of Connecticut and then the Chief of the Financial Fraud and Public Corruption unit in the district of Connecticut. As a prosecutor, Chris sent former CT Governor John Rowland to prison for the second time. I really enjoyed meeting Chris and he was really nice and interesting. Chris arrived with one of his campaign staffers Connor. I coordinated the interview with another of his staffer’s named Maryli. We first talked a little with my Dad about him, his life, and a little about sports. Chris said that he was a big Whalers fan and hoped he could get them to move back to Connecticut. The interview went really well and he had great answers. I asked him about the trial of John Rowland, working as a teacher, why he is running for Governor, tolls, tax increases, and much more. The interview lasted just under twenty minutes, which is around the time it takes for most of my interviews.

That same day, I went to watch Chris speak to the Woodbridge Democratic Committee. I have never been to one of these meetings before and I was surprised to see how tense it gets. The Chairwoman of the board has decided to challenge Denise Merril for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State. This got many Woodbridge Democrats upset because they felt that it showed that it could hurt the Democrats chance of winning the seat and that it would look bad for a divide in the party. After 30 minutes of bickering  Chris finally got up and talked for around 15 minutes. He talked about many issues and his plan to fix Connecticut’s financial crisis. the Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee seemed to like him and they were interested in his candidacy. I thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Chris Mattei and I hope to speak with him again.