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Matthew Corey
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolManchester High School, 1982
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1982-1987
Date of birthJanuary 11, 1964
Place of birthHartford, Connecticut
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
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Matthew Corey (b. January 11, 1964, in Hartford, Connecticut) was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Connecticut.[1] Matthew Corey lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

He was a 2012 Independent (Unaffiliated) candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Connecticut.


Corey enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his high school graduation. Following his military service, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and then as a truck driver for the Teamsters (Roadway Corporation). Corey started a high-rise window cleaning company, Advanced Services International, in 1990. He then opened McKinnon's Irish Pub in 2002.[2]


Campaign themes


Corey's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Economy: "Government stimulus does not contribute to economic growth, it redistributes wealth and drains the economy of a much needed investment capital. Large government expenditures drain the private sector of investments in the purchase of goods and services. By borrowing this capital, taxes are raised or redistributed, draining the economy of a much needed investment in our country."
  • Jobs: "We have 27 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed. High taxes, high energy costs, and over regulation are stifling job growth. The Affordable Care Act is creating economic uncertainty, keeping businesses from hiring, and reducing the 40 hour work week to less than 30. Our economy is moving in the wrong direction. We need pro-growth solutions that encourage manufacturers to stay in this country."
  • Energy: "Our national security begins by becoming energy independent. We need to put an end to burdensome regulations that have a minimum impact on the environment. Our country needs renewable energy, but it must include clean coal, clean oil, and natural gas. Striving for renewable energy shouldn’t be at the cost of American jobs."
  • Veterans: "We must never forget the sacrifices our veterans made to ensure our freedom. Our top priority should be to address the seen and unseen scars of our veterans. I would advocate calling in our military reserves to assist in their treatment, or give vouchers to our veterans so they can receive the proper care they need in the private sector. Washington needs to keep their promises by fulfilling their obligations. We cannot send our men and women into harms way and not give them the support they deserve."
  • Immigration: "We are a nation of compassionate people. Our our goal is not to break families apart, but we need to have a clear mission and abide by the laws of this nation. We need a clear mission on the border for the protection of our men and women in uniform who are defending our borders by enforcing the laws we already have. We need to secure our borders and cannot be defined as a nation without borders."


—Matthew Corey's campaign website, http://www.coreyforcongress2014.com/issues


Corey stated the following about his political philosophy in a biographical submission to Ballotpedia:[5]


"The debt burden that we face stifles job growth. The failed stimulus and the failure of both parties to agree on a balanced budget is giving business the false sense of security to invest or hire new employees. The harmful regulations that business face cost companies millions of dollars that could be used for job growth instead goes to expanding the federal agencies. The last ten years here in the State of Ct we have lost a 100,000 manufacturing jobs. We need a new approach in Washington. We need to encourage Companies to grow and invest in America."

Social Security Medicare Medicaid

"We have close to $50 trillion in long term unfunded obligations threatening to bankrupt younger generations. There is a plan on the floor of the congress that preserves the promises made to our seniors on Medicare. Also gives people that are approaching and people that are worried about those benefits being there, some hope. Let the American people decide if it’s good medicine. We all agree something has to be done now on our terms instead of forced cuts in the future that will hurt everyone."


"We all agree health care cost is on the rise. I support purchasing insurance across state lines. I also believe in you should be able to keep the same benefits when switching policies. There should be no discrimination on purchasing healthcare with preexisting conditions. States should help subsidize health care to those who can’t afford it. Repeal the National Healthcare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance or answer to the IRS."


"Defense is vital to our nation’s security and our States economy. Budget cuts that are looming the congress failed to pass a budget since April 29, 2009. We need to defend our borders not spend billions to defend other countries borders. We need to stop building bases overseas and rebuild our bases at home for our national defense. We need to stop nation building that’s increasing our debt. Ensure our veterans receive the care, and benefits they have earned and deserve. I will defend Second Amendment rights of all Americans. I will protect law abiding gun owners."


"Give parents the choice to enroll there children in public schools, charter schools or private schools that feel could help their child’s future to compete in a world market. Tax credit for families who home school there children. Eliminate the Federal Dept. of Education and return power to the states and local government. Send block grants back to the States. Teachers and parents should have more say in the education process of their children."


"The lack of confidence in the business sector and uncertainty is the reason this economy is stagnant. As federal spending increases the private sector is unlikely to invest in this type of environment. We need to cut the budget deficit repeal laws that put harmful regulations on businesses. We need a sound energy policy so companies can compete on a global economy. Business can’t control higher taxes, regulations or energy costs. What they can control is labor cost. The government is forcing business to do the opposite of what the American worker wants. The government is stifling innovation and entrepreneurs from growing because they can’t get the investment money they need. We are in a global market many of the products we buy come from overseas. We need to bring are exports up as much as we import. We can achieve these goals with sound policies coming out of Washington."


"We owe our freedoms to those who serve. They must never be forgotten. The seen and unseen scares must be of top priority. The back log of disability claims must be addressed immediately. We cannot send our men in women into harm’s way and forget them when they return. Washington needs to keep their promises to our veterans."



See also: Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Corey ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 1st District. He defeated John Phillips (Connecticut) in the GOP convention on May 16, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent John Larson (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6][7]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Larson Incumbent 62.3% 134,980
     Republican Matthew Corey 36.1% 78,112
     Green Jeffery Russell 1.6% 3,441
Total Votes 216,533
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Corey ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 1st District. Corey ran as an unaffiliated candidate. He faced John B. Larson (D), John Henry Decker (R) and S. Michael DeRosa (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Larson was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[8]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn B. Larson Incumbent 69.7% 206,973
     Republican John Henry Decker 27.7% 82,321
     Green S. Michael DeRosa 1.8% 5,477
     Independent Matthew Corey 0.8% 2,290
Total Votes 297,061
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Corey's reports.

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