Paul Passarelli To Run For US Senate In Connecticut As Libertarian

Paul Passarelli, president of Solar and Thermal Systems Inc., plans to run for Senate in 2012 as a Libertarian.

Pasarelli was a Republican all of his life, but he is quick to downplay the significance. “Saying that is a bit like saying I’ve eaten potatoes in one form or another for most of my life too,” Passarelli said in a recent email. “I’ve never been politically active.  I tried to stay informed on local issues, state issues, and national issues.  I’ve voted every year… I’ve split tickets too.”

Still, what prompted the jump to the Libertarian Party?

“It never occurred to me to give the Republicans a chance,” he said. “Look at the candidates they’ve run.  I’ve been saying for years that we don’t have a two party system.  We have one big “Party party” (or “party Party”) with a Left side and a Right side.”

He prefers a different approach. Part of his motivation is his experience on Internet message boards. “On conservative boards I found myself advocating for personal liberties and on the liberal ones I was promoting individual responsibilities.  It seemed I was always taking the minority view, inspiring lurkers to speak up.  I lost count of how many times my minority friends on both sides suggested I run for office.  I suppose you could say the ember was smoldering for a long time.”

Passarelli is optimistic about his chances. When asked how he will measure success in the campaign he responds,  “That’s easy: ‘Mr. Passarelli, will you please raise your right hand and repeat…'” referring to the oath of office.  He points out that third parties have “demonstrated surprising upsets” in Connecticut in the past, including retiring Independent Senator Joe Lieberman and former Governor Lowell Weicker of A Connecticut Party.

Still, he acknowledges there are major barriers to victory. Unlike a major party candidate, Passarelli does not have access to the large donors and volunteers of the major parties. He plans to  “measure success one step at a time.”

The Libertarian seeks to run on the strength of his ideas. “I’m going to keep people talking.  I’m not going to resort to pandering,” he said. “I’m going to anger some folks and encourage others.  I *KNOW* that I’m going to annoy the political machines.  I *MUST* adhere to the fundamental principle that the facts speak for themselves.”

Passarelli will face tough competition. Democrats running include Representative Chris Murphy and former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz. No prominent Republicans have announced yet, but many suspect 2010 senatorial candidate Linda McMahon will run again. There is also speculation that consumer advocate Ralph Nader could run for the seat as a Green or Independent.

You can find Passarelli’s website here.

39 thoughts on “Paul Passarelli To Run For US Senate In Connecticut As Libertarian

  1. Robert Milnes

    “The Libertarian plans to run on the strength of his ideas.”
    Come on, is this guy in political kindergarten? That has never worked before. What makes him think it will work now?
    Elections operate on very powerful forces.
    Good luck, The Libertarian.

  2. Robert Milnes

    Another cannon fodder candidate.
    Line up the losers.
    Assume your positions.
    That would be Turn around, Hande Hoc!, bend over, spread-em.
    No lube for you.
    Lose, lose, lose.
    Everybody lose!
    Ahhhhhhh, ha, ha, ha, ha!

  3. paulie

    I agree, although “…infamous consumer advocate Ralph Nader…” does seem a bit too editorial for IPR article purposes to me as well. Also, the last article I read about that said Nader was supporting some other person whose name I can’t remember right now.

    I hope Mr. Passrarelli uses this race to reach and identify many new Libertarians, regardless of who occupies the office in DC that he is running for a couple of years from now. He’s already a winner just by virtue of being in the game, unlike Mr. Milnes, who can only heckle from the sidelines while fantasizing what a great player he would be if someone let him on the field.

  4. NewFederalist

    Milnes- Why don’t you contact Mr. Passarelli and pitch him your PLAS idea? It looks like he owns a “green” business so you might want to do something proactive rather than just complaining. Just a thought…

  5. NewFederalist

    Milnes… are you listening? If ever there was an opportunity for you this is it. Connecticut would be an ideal place. Get off your duff and make some contacts. If you are too afraid then quit complaining!

  6. C. Al Currier

    Mr. Passarelli,
    Welcome to the ‘circular-firing-squad’ (AKA libertarian debates). You seem to be new to libertarian circles. It’s important to provide something to shoot at so we can see how well you can duck. The LP ‘CFS’ is cruel, but if you can’t survive it, you won’t survive the attacks of mainstream media or the attacks of the mainstream candidates (R&D’s). I looked up what I could about you on the internet. Not much there. Stuff about solar energy, production costs, someone bad-mouthing you as a ‘technophile’. Your website is sketchy.

    Can you tell us about your company, Solar and Thermal Systems Inc?

    (Give us something to shoot at.)

  7. C. Al Currier

    Mr. Paul Passarelli is 10 steps ahead of us with plenty of news (mainstream). He won’t need the LP or the debaters. I’d say we got a winner.

  8. Robert Milnes

    NF, I do not think paulie pud pull will let me debate with Passarelli here in IPR, his feifdom. If I mention ****, he’ll delete & not let me repeat.
    Unless maybe if Passarelli puts paulie in his place.
    I’ll be glad to discuss **** right here in Passarelli’s thread..

  9. paulie

    Mr. Milnes,

    There are over a dozen IPR writers, they agreed as a group to limit your discussion of certain subjects, and more than one of them can and has pulled your comments before. I don’t know why you keep thinking it’s just me. I have no ownership share in IPR, and no special powers here. In actuality, I’m the only one who bothers to issue warnings first before I pull your comments. Other people just do it and don’t tell you about it. Please consider this your warning.

    If Mr. Passarelli wants to engage you in a debate, I personally have no objection to letting him do so, but first he should be aware that you are, in your own words: disabled, unemployed, broke, depressed, mentally ill, no significant other, not tech savvy, [..] no campaign contributions, no volunteers or staff, not on any ballots.

    I don’t know whether any of the many people here who have speculated that your mental illness extends beyond just depression are medically qualified to diagnose you, but it does seem to be a fairly widely held view that you are, in layman’s terms, nuts, psycho, off your meds, don’t have both oars in the water, batty, bizarre, cracked, crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daft, demented, derailed, deranged, fatuous, frenzied, impractical, irrational, irresponsible, loony, lunatic, mad, maniacal, mental, moonstruck, off your rocker, out of your mind, preposterous, psychopathic, psychotic, rabid, raging, raving, screwy, senseless, touched, unhinged, unsettled, or any of a number of terms signifying the general topic.

    You are, admittedly, not taking medications prescribed to you by mental health professionals, although you say it was only for depression.

    Now that these facts are on the table, if Mr. Passarelli says he wants to take some time to discuss your perspective, I won’t be stopping him. If I was him, I would have any number of hundreds or thousands of things that I would better use my time for, but he is welcome to make that choice. This thread could then become your PLASequel.

    Until then, cease and desist jacking his thread, and go PLAS YOUR self.

    And if you have any additional comments or questions on the issue of what comments may be posted where on IPR, take them over here. Ditto for any personal insults that you may wish to level at me or anyone else.

    Now, with that out of the way, I’ll go spend my time more productively by pulling my pud.

  10. paulie


    I actually used infamous without any loaded intention- he draws a lot of attention for a third party candidate, one way or the other. But I changed it.

    Thanks. I would normally consider infamous to be a loaded/negative term, but I can understand that sometimes it may not be.

  11. George Phillies

    I am not blaming Paulie, who is doing what he can as a staff member.

    The site is for sale, and the above in my opinion drives readers away, thereby in my opinion significantly reducing its value.

  12. NewFederalist

    Bob Milnes- Why play out a big nasty scene here? I say you should contact Mr. Passarelli via his website and place your idea before him. I realize he made a remark about “progressive” that you objected to but so what? If you can sell your idea to him I am sure he will make an accomodation. And, by the way, I HAVE been a campaign manager before. I have managed many campaigns from county commissioner to congress. Until you make the call you have no idea what the outcome might be. The time for excuses is past. Either give it a try or please stop the vulgar attacks on folks here at IPR.

  13. C. Al Currier

    hal·le·lu·jah (interjection)
    Def: of HALLELUJAH
    —used to express praise, joy, or thanks

    Synonyms: glory (or glory be), ha (or hah), hooray, hey, hot dog, huzzah, wahoo ,whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee

  14. NewFederalist

    “NF, several of my comments here have been deleted.
    I call for a boycott of IPR.
    Starting with me.
    I’m outta here.”

    If you mean what you say then adios and good luck to you. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

  15. C. Al Currier

    “I call for a boycott of IPR. Starting with me. I’m outta here.” –Robert Milnes

    A boycott oughta be more than a few hours. Looks like a ‘regressive’ boycott to me.

  16. Paul Passarelli

    {quietly} Hello.

    I’d like to engage in {clears throat} ;^)

    I’d be willing to engage in discussions with the members here. I believe that it’s in my best interest to “work the room”. This way, folks will be able to look back and appreciate (I hope) that I’m not working from some staunchy script.

    With almost two years until the election, it’s going to be interesting to measure how I evolve as a candidate. I hope no one minds.

  17. Paul Passarelli

    Specific proposals? Not yet — way too early. But there are some timeless situations that I want to expand upon, and the only tactic that currently has merit is to ask: How much are my opponents going to spend to secure a job that pays $184K/per year? Hardly seems worth a $50 million dollar spend… {I’ll just let that linger for a bit}




    Reality check:

    In December of 2010 Connecticut’s Senate delegation had a lot of seniority and many many years of combined experience.

    In January 2011 it was established that as of January 2013 Connecticut would have the most junior i.e. the least experienced Senate delegation as permitted under the Constitution.

    In 2013 Senator Richard Blumenthal will begin his 3rd year as Connecticut’s Senior senator, and, the new Junior will be a freshman.

    Isn’t it obvious that whoever takes the seat in 2013 will be indebted to the party that put them there? Isn’t it likely that the party will exert undue influence on the freshman Senator?

    Yes I realize that those points might be seen as weakening my candidacy… but please bear with me.

    If the voters of Connecticut are willing to send a Senator to Washington whose stated goals align with the needs and wants of the State of Connecticut — as opposed to the needs and wants of the major political parties — and by virtue of not being in the pockets of special interest, be accountable to Connecticut…

    Hmmm, that’s getting pretty self aggrandizing.

    Stepping back a bit. During my campaign, people are going to

  18. paulie

    How much are my opponents going to spend to secure a job that pays $184K/per year? Hardly seems worth a $50 million dollar spend…

    Good point.

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