Caligiuri announces Dodd challenge

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State Sen. Sam Caligiuri is the latest Republican toannounce his intention to challenge Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd next year.


      Caligiuri announced his candidacy for theRepublican nomination Tuesday while standing on his front lawn in Waterbury. He is in hissecond term in the General Assembly,


      He criticizes Dodd as being "out oftouch" and having been in Washingtontoo long.


Questionsare being asked about the Waterbury Police presence at Caligiuri's announcementand the number of officers assigned to the event in the cash strapped city.


Fox 61 Political ReporterShelly Sindland observed around six officers for a gathering of 50 people atCaligiuri's home in Waterbury.The officers were directing traffic and blocking off the street.


Evan Kozlow, a consultant with the Caligiuri campaign, said, "Welet the police know that we were putting on this event and they decided what to dofrom there." Kozlow said. "It was a safetyprecaution and we were trying to be prudent because of all the traffic, this is a residential neighborhood."


When asked who will foot the bill for the half dozen or so cops atthe event, Kozlow responded, "We will incur the costs, if necessary."


Former U.S. Representative Rob Simmons of the 2nd Districthas also announced he is running for the GOP nomination for the Senate seat.


      Caligiuri holds amaster's degree in religion from Yale University, a political science degree from Boston Collegeand a law degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington.

An Associated Press Report is included in this story.

Shelly Sindland's Twitter Feed of the press conference

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