Repub­li­can Green­berg seeks comptroller po­si­tion

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Kramer CT­newsjunkie.com

HARTFORD >> Repub­li­can Mark Green­berg, who has run three un­suc­cess­ful bids for the con­gres­sional 5th Dis­trict, filed pa­per­work Tues­day to ex­plore a run for state comptroller in 2018.

“Too many years of one-party rule by the Democrats in Hartford has left our state’s econ­omy in tat­ters,” Green­berg, a real es­tate developer who re­sides in Litch­field, said.

Green­berg is the first Repub­li­can to ex­press an in­ter­est in the po­si­tion, which has been held for the past six years by Kevin Lembo, a Demo­crat from Guil­ford. Lembo is con­sid­ered a pos­si­ble can­di­date for gov­er­nor in 2018.

Green­berg was last a can­di­date in the 5th Dis­trict in 2014, los­ing to U.S. Rep. El­iz­a­beth Esty. At the time of that loss, Green­berg said he was done be­ing a can­di­date.

Green­berg founded a mo­bile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany and a New York City real es­tate man­age­ment firm and runs a nokill an­i­mal shel­ter in Bloom­field.

In his three con­gres­sional races, Green­berg spent more than $4 mil­lion of his own money.

But Green­berg, if he runs, would not be self-fund­ing his cam­paign this time, ac­cord­ing to his spokesman Chris Cooper.

“He’ll be us­ing the Cit­i­zens

Elec­tion Pro­gram,” Cooper said Tues­day.

The pro­gram is a vol­un­tary pro­gram that pro­vides full pub­lic fi­nanc­ing to qual­i­fied can­di­dates for statewide of­fice. To par­tic­i­pate, can­di­dates much agree to abide by cer­tain guide­lines, in­clud­ing con­tri­bu­tion and ex­pen­di­ture lim­its — and dis­clo­sure re­quire­ments.

Asked whether Lembo’s pos­si­ble run for gov­er­nor in­flu­enced Green­berg’s de­ci­sion to con­sider a run for Comptroller, Cooper said no.

“His de­ci­sion to run has noth­ing to do with his (Lembo’s) plans,” Cooper said.

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