Stratford, CT - Thursday, Christopher Shays, Republican candidate for United States Senate, responded to Linda McMahon's misguided comments about a BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure), published in today's edition of the newspaper The Day in New London.
"Here she goes," Shays said. "She talks about a BRAC and she literally has no concept of what it is. She's avoiding the press, she's avoiding debates, and when she does come out and speak, she illustrates she doesn't know what she's talking about and is clearly not qualified to be a United States Senator."
In her article in The Day, reporter Jennifer McDermott writes,
"If elected, McMahon said, whether she would approve a BRAC round would depend on the proposed cuts."
However, the decision to start a BRAC process is approved by Congress long before we know what the proposed cuts are. It is only months after the BRAC is approved by Congress that the Department of Defense discloses its recommendation on which bases should stay open and which should close.
"Our submarine base in southeastern Connecticut is a center of excellence for subsurface warfare and subsurface exploration," Shays said. "It is a $4 billion dollar industry and provides 31,000 jobs. It's frightening to think that McMahon would cast a vote to put all of this at risk."