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Jack Orchulli (born in 1946 in Pennsylvania) is an American former political candidate from Connecticut.
Raised in Alpha, New Jersey, he went to Phillipsburg Catholic High School, and then received a degree from Rutgers University. He later attended night school and received a master's degree in finance from Baruch College in New York City. He has one son, Andrew, who resides in New York City. He is a Darien, Connecticut, resident and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the Connecticut seat held by Christopher Dodd in the 2004 U.S. Senate election. Orchulli, previously an independent, became a Republican in August 2003 shortly before launching his bid for the U.S. Senate and ran for office with no prior political experience. Just months before deciding to run for the U.S. Senate, Orchulli sold his family's ownership interest in Michael Kors (a fashion enterprise) in 2003 and announced his retirement from business. Orchulli had started the Michael Kors Company with Kors in 1981 and remained its CEO/partner until he left the company which, then, had a retail sales volume of about $200 million worldwide. Upon leaving the business world, his sole intent was to offer service to his fellow citizens without the taint of special interests or the compromise of political expediency.
In November 2004, Orchulli garnered 33 percent of the vote as a long-shot standing against incumbent Senator Christopher Dodd, who won his fifth consecutive term for the Democrats with 66 percent of the vote.
Two years later, Orchulli was considered a possible mid-campaign replacement for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger, who had come under media fire for a claim that Schlesinger had gambled in the past under an assumed name at Connecticut casinos. Schlesinger was running for the seat held by U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman in the November 2006 election. However, Jack decided not to pursue a late entry campaign.
He was the state Republican Party finance chair in 2007. In addition, he was a board member of the Connecticut Development Corporation for over three years, a quasi-state government organization which looks to retain and grow jobs in the state.
On May 22, 2010, Orchulli was nominated to be the Republican candidate for State Comptroller, the post being vacated by incumbent Democrat Nancy Wyman. Orchulli went on to lose the general election to Democrat Kevin Lembo, receiving 43% of the vote.
In 2016, Orchulli sought the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate against the incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal. He placed third at the state Republican convention on May 9 and urged his delegates to support party nominee Dan Carter.
- Staff. "Jack Orchulli - Republican candidate for State Comptroller", The Register Citizen, August 7, 2010. Accessed April 27, 2015. "Coming from a modest blue-collar background, Jack was raised on East Main Street, in Alpha, New Jersey."
- Pazniokas, Mark (May 9, 2016). "CT GOP backs Carter for Senate, denies Wolf primary margin". The CT Mirror. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- —Official site of Orchulli's 2014 state campaign
- New York Times: In Connecticut, Dodd Easily Tops Orchulli for 5th Senate Term, November 3, 2004
- 2004 Senate campaign financial summary from OpenSecrets.org
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