The Tucson Citizen is reporting that Mitt Romney has chosen to endorse Jesse Kelly in the state of Arizona. Regarding Kelly, Romney stated:
“I am particularly impressed with his practical conservative solutions to get Americans back to work. It is time to send businesspeople with experience in creating private sector jobs and balancing budgets to Washington.”
Jesse Kelly has made a powerful bid for Congress in the 8th district. His campaign has been in full swing for quite some time, with an active Youtube page and advertising on the Drudge Report. This exposure has won him the attention of voters in Arizona’s 8th, as he won last week’s primary by a solid eight point margin over his nearest primary rival. Kelly is a veteran of the Iraq war, where he served in the United States Marine Corps. Now, he is seeking to unseat a four year Democrat incumbent in the 8th district in southeast Arizona. Kelly’s approach toward job growth, that so impressed Governor Romney, focuses on healing the punishing atmosphere nationwide, that causes business to find answers abroad. While Kelly seeks to help the people of southeast Arizona, he understands that the solutions are necessarily those that benefit the entire nation. This means lower taxes, reduced spending, reducing the deficit, and generally “getting Washington out of the way” of private business growth. Only when business sees reason to return to American soil will job growth factor into the recovery, but this will not happen if the leftist D.C. agenda continues as is.
AZ-8 is currently rated as somewhere between “Lean Democratic” and pure toss up. His opponent, Gabrielle Giffords is a strong supporter of the pro-abortion lobby, earning a 100% rating from NARAL. She backed the “porkulus” and cap and trade. She supported the health care takeover, while voting against the amendment to prohibit federally funded abortion. Just about any major far-left item of the Obama-Pelosi agenda was supported by Gabrielle Giffords. She attempts to claim a moderate position, citing gun rights, but her views are far too much to the left for a conservative district such as Arizona’s eighth. It is time to relieve Giffords from her position. Jesse Kelly is reporting for duty.
Oddly though, this endorsement, while proudly received by Kelly and reported from several news sources, has not been announced among the endorsements listed on the Free and Strong America PAC website. Perhaps, this is because it is only the first of a wave of Arizona endorsements from Romney… uncertain at the moment, but it would not be surprising to see in the wake of the Arizona primaries.
What is certain though, is that today has seen Romney make four endorsements for candidates in the state of Oregon. More on those later.
It is that time of the week again, in which polling is released regarding the potential 2012 elections. I do not remember such a heavy interest in hypothetical matchups this early in other Presidential cycles. Perhaps, that itself is an indication of a trend in 2012; one that does not favor the administration, if so many are looking forward to the election in which we can finally be rid of the man and his disastrous policies. Anyway, the usual caveat applies about how it is too early for these numbers to matter, but this poll takes an interesting approach, surveying Romney’s chances in a three-way race.
Michael Bloomberg has done a lot for New York City, although at the expense of many of us in the rest of the state. As a mayor, he still does not fit into the powerful footsteps left behind by Rudy Giuliani, the man who refused to change the law to seek a third term as Bloomberg did. With his party switch, increasing social liberalism, self-described fiscal conservatism but with a penchant for raising taxes, conventional wisdom indicates that despite his popularity within New York City, he would gain little traction elsewhere. Nevertheless, Presidential speculation continues to surround Bloomberg. He has reportedly considered making a bid as an independent, with the belief that independents would support him over most Republicans.
The latest poll from Zogby International indicates that Bloomberg is wrong and the inclinations of conventional wisdom are indeed justified. In a poll of the three way race 2,062 likely voters narrowly favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama and the New York City mayor. Romney leads with 42 percent of the vote, to Obama’s 41. Bloomberg meanwhile takes only six percent. Among independents, Bloomberg’s key constituency, Romney leads a 40-30-11 split, with the meager 11 percent take going to Bloomberg.
This news is not great for Bloomberg, but it is even worse for the President. While the New York City mayor is showing the sort of weakness one would expect from the earliest days of a yet hypothetical third party candidacy, comparisons to other polls show that Bloomberg is not taking, as one might expect from the Republican challenger. Rather, he is drawing his small number equally from both sides, if not a little more from the left. Furthermore, as a greater share of the populace outside of New York learn more of Bloomberg and his clearly left-wing political views, it could be expected that he would draw any further support significantly away from Obama.
Bloomberg’s business credentials do not benefit him as an alternate answer to the economy, as he wins the support of only five percent of small business owners. The plurality, 49 percent, favor the low taxes and true fiscal conservative reform that would come with a Romney administration.
As Democrats desire and mainstream Republicans fear a split within the GOP from the growing strength of the Tea Party movement, the many varying styles of American conservatism appear ready to unite on common principles in the effort to take back this nation; Romney takes a solid 84 percent of Tea Party voters. Meanwhile, should Bloomberg indeed enter the fray, it is his fellow social liberal Barack Obama, who will need to fear an independent candidate siphoning his voters.
Along with Mary Fallin, the gubernatorial candidate previewed on her within the polling roundup, Mitt Romney has endorsed several candidates from the state of Oklahoma. Continuing the nationwide sweep that has given support to dozens of 2010 candidates from a variety of states, Romney said regarding these Oklahoma conservatives:
Oklahoma – and our nation – deserves leaders who will focus on enacting pro-growth policies that will put people back to work. Too many of our elected officials are instead more interested in growing the size of government, and that is why it is more critical than ever that we elect leaders who will make the tough decisions necessary to turn our struggling economy around.
Fallin has shown that she is indeed concerned with bringing growth to the economy of Oklahoma, as do the following five individuals. Romney’s Oklahoma endorsements include Fallin’s potential Lieutenant Governor, three incumbent Congressmen seeking a return to their seats, and Fallin’s potential successor in the fifth district.
Todd Lamb is a former Secret Service agent and current State Senator who is now seeking to become the next Lt. Governor. In July, he easily won the Republican primary and has since been touring the state seeking the support of voters. Lamb also assists an energy company in Oklahoma and is well aware of the energy issues facing the state. He is a firm believer in advancing energy technology and the benefits that promoting private enterprise in the field can bring to Oklahoma. Alongside potential governor Mary Fallin, Lamb will work to encourage business to come to Oklahoma to grow the economy and create jobs. In doing so, he will promote low taxes and a friendly business atmosphere.
Tom Cole is a strong conservative who has represented the 4th district since 2003. He has received Romney’s endorsement in his effort to seek reelection to a fifth term. Cole has remained popular in his district, not even attracting challengers from the Democrats, yet his message still deserves to be published as he prepares to return to the House with much more conservative support. Cole’s conservative principles are guided by something of a laissez-faire approach to economics, as he argues that government has a tendency to be an obstacle to the growth of business and agriculture. When reelected, Cole will continue his efforts toward getting government out of the way, so that small business, farmers, and individual taxpayers can begin the work of revitalizing the American economy.
Frank Lucas is seeking reelection from the 3rd district where he has represented northwestern Oklahoma, including the panhandle since his victory amidst the conservative revolution of 1994. An experienced conservative, Lucas understands the challenges of representing a district as expansive as Oklahoma’s 3rd. Much of the area is rural, and Lucas, as with his colleague Tom Cole maintains a close eye on the state of the agricultural industry. Lucas is himself a farmer and a rancher and knows firsthand of the difficulties in the agricultural industry during this recession and the technological advances that can influence the recovery. Lucas is also a strong social conservative, fighting to protect the traditional values of God and country.
John Sullivan represents the 1st district covering the majority of Tulsa where he is safe to win reelection this year. Sullivan is a rock solid social conservative known for his staunch protection of the right to life. Economically, Sullivan is active in seeing the growth of the energy industry, which is vastly important to central Oklahoma. His campaign site addresses the issues surrounding the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the many failings of the Obama administration in handling it. Recognizing the many jobs at stake, Sullivan rejects the unnecessary energy taxes sought by leftists in D.C, instead arguing in favor of seeking energy independence through the growth of natural gas production. Beyond this, Sullivan backs a general conservative platform, seeking lower taxes, reduced spending, and the repeal of the unconstitutional health care takeover.
James Lankford is running for the 5th district open seat, left by Fallin for her gubernatorial run. Lankford won the right to contest this by narrowly defeating a host of candidates in the Republican primary, then handily overcoming challenger Kevin Calvey in last week’s runoff. James Lankford is a proud Christian and family man, active in promoting traditional family values including the right to life, abstinence education, and school choice. Arguing, as he puts it, that “the best way to ensure a strong nation is to have strong families,” Lankford will bring his pro-family principles into the economic sphere, seeking an end to the tax penalties that punish families, and hinder the growth of small businesses and jobs. Lankford is also a member of the Heritage Foundation, which has taken the lead in developing a conservative approach to the many vast challenges that face America today. Across the board, Lankford is a strong candidate to be the next representative for Oklahoma’s fifth district and is very likely to see victory in November.
This past week has seen new polling regarding several strong Republican gubernatorial candidates endorsed by Mitt Romney. Himself a former Governor of Massachusetts, Romney understands the sort of executive capability it takes to make a strong governor. Therefore, it is no surprise that the following polls generally show good news for these Republicans.
First, in California, where the early trend favoring Jerry Brown has faded according to two polls released this month showing Meg Whitman moving into the lead. Survey USA, polling early in the month, was the first to show Whitman moving ahead, though only narrowly, taking a 44-43 lead over Brown in a poll of 602 likely voters.
This past week, Rasmussen has followed up on this with a poll of 750 likely voters showing Whitman ahead by a more significant eight point margin. In this poll Whitman leads 48-40, and breaks the 50% barrier when “leaners” are included, leading 51-43. The toplines of the poll also show an advantage for Whitman in favorability ratings. 30% hold a very favorable opinion of Whitman, to 25% very unfavorable. Brown meanwhile is underwater at 25/38. Good news for Meg Whitman all around.
For South Carolina, Rasmussen Reports has released a poll just today that shows Nikki Haley leading Democrat Vincent Sheheen by a solid sixteen point margin, 52-36. This is consistent with the July poll in the state, although this month shows Haley up over the crucial 50% mark. The poll also shows Haley with stronger favorability ratings than Sheheen, and stronger name recognition.
On top of these, today has brought another gubernatorial endorsement from Mitt Romney, as he has turned his attention toward the state of Oklahoma. Mary Fallin headlines the Republican ticket for Sooners, in her quest to become the state’s next governor. Fallin is a former Lt. Governor in Oklahoma and currently represents the 5th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. In July, she defeated Randy Brogdon and two other candidates to win the Republican nomination for governor. She proudly runs on her strong conservative voting record as a member of the House Republican minority during these past four years, reminding voters in Tom Coburn’s state that when faced with a leftist agenda, there is nothing wrong with the word “No.” Her gubernatorial campaign centers around making Oklahoma a strong state for doing business. With low taxes and reduced spending , Fallin intends to keep Oklahoma away from the economic stagnation that is facing New York, and the high unemployment of Granholm’s Michigan.
As for the polling, Rasmussen Reports today shows Fallin leading by a solid 52-37 margin over her rival Jari Askins. This is consistent with previous surveys and shows a race maintaining steadily as a solid Republican gain in the conservative state. Democrat incumbent Brad Henry is unable to run due to term limits. Despite his fairly strong job approval rating in the state, the Republican trend, Fallin’s strong economic message, and Oklahoma’s penchant for conservatives is making this a difficult state for Democrats to hold.
Fallin is not the only Oklahoma candidate to receive an endorsement from Romney today. Five others, including Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and four Congressional candidates will be receiving support from Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC this year. Previews on these five will come in the next post.
Saw this from Geraghty at NRO and figured that it is fitting here after all of these Michigan endorsements. American Action Forum has polled a series of races against incumbent House Democrats. Regarding the race in the 7th district, which sees Tim Walberg looking to reclaim his seat from Mark Schauer:
MI-7: “Our polling, conducted for American Action Forum on August 16-18, with 400 likely general election voters, shows a competitive contest in the district. Challenger Tim Walberg has a 41 to 31 percent favorable rating compared to Representative Mark Schauer’s 40 to 36 percent rating, and leads by a 50 to 40 percent margin on the ballot test.”
The toplines for the Michigan race are here in PDF form. Scroll down to the third page, which holds the favorable ratings. Note not only the advantage for Walberg mentioned above, but also a very significant advantage for gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder over his opponent Virg Bernero. Question 12 gives the results of the head to head match. Question 13 holds even more bad news for Schauer, as only 32% state that he deserves reelection; 55% prefer someone else.
Along with the five Republican incumbents endorsed yesterday, Mitt Romney is backing six challengers in the state of Michigan. Five of the following are running for Congress in open races or looking to unseat vulnerable Democrats. The sixth, Bill Schuette, is making a bid to become Attorney General in Michigan. As with the five incumbents previewed on here yesterday, Free and Strong America PAC is donating $2,500 to each of the campaigns of the five House candidates. Schuette meanwhile will receive $3,400 for his campaign.
Justin Amash is running in the 3rd district, which is an open seat due to the retirement of retiring Republican Vern Ehlers. Amash is a leader of the next generation, who at only thirty years old has achieved recognition as an effective representative in the Michigan House. A charismatic young leader, Amash is certain to have a beneficial influence representing Western Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives with his reasoned, principled approach toward governing. On his campaign site, he dedicates a page specifically toward highlighting this approach, which includes reading each piece of legislation brought before him, publishing the agenda online, determining the worth of the legislation according to his set principles, publishing his voting record online, and answering to the American people on his voting decisions.
Amash represents all of the strong points that are severely lacking among the leadership of the present Congress. His approach toward government accountability and transparency is sorely needed in this era of government run wild. His willingness to connect with the American people are a strong contrast to the tendencies of those among the Democrat majority today. Of course, it is far easier for Amash to address questions and comments from his constituents because he has no reason to be ashamed of his record. Amash believes in small government, individual constitutional rights, and economic freedom. Any principled conservative has to respect the approach Amash takes toward governing; Amash’s approach shows the respect he has for his constituents.
Dr. Dan Benishek has had an amazing path so far toward the Republican candidacy in the 1st district. He announced his intent to run against Bart Stupak in the wake of the left-wing cowardice of Stupak that saw to his support of the government takeover of health care. Benishek’s reasoned approach toward health care issues, favoring a free market approach centered around tort reform, appealed so strongly to the conservative leaning people of the 1st district that Benishek quickly launched into being a serious player in the Republican primary, and quickly saw Stupak seeking retirement. Three weeks ago, Benishek claimed victory in the primary with a margin of only fifteen votes (and avoided weeks of punishing recounts due to the respectful statesmanlike approach of his opponent, Jason Allen).
Benishek’s candidacy has seen such a run of momentum that it appears truly blessed, yet his battle is not yet won as he faces State Representative Gary McDowell in a race rated by most as a toss up. His effort toward seeing victory in November centers around his four “R”s, that include his aims for seeing bills read, reducing the deficit, repealing Obamacare, and reforming Washington’s approach toward the American people. Properly focused on the economy, Benishek intends to approach all legislation with the aim of seeing jobs created for Michigan. Benishek represents the positive reform that can be gained from the frustration of American voters in the wake of the government hijack of our health care system last March.
Bill Huizenga has worked for Michigan in both the public and private sectors and is now seeking the open seat in the 2nd district currently held by Michigan conservative Pete Hoekstra. Huizenga is a strong fiscal and social conservative who has maintained a lifelong devotion toward protecting the right to life for Michigan’s unborn. As he proudly states regarding his approach toward the right to life on his campaign site: “This issue affects all of my political beliefs, and I will carry my passion for the unborn with me when I go to DC to proactively defend our youngest citizens.” As Huizenga rightfully understands the right to life is one of the founding principles of this nation, and although it is correct to focus on the immediate concerns of the weakened economy and exploding federal deficit, basic social principles such as the rights of the unborn cannot be set aside in the meantime.
The 2nd district in Michigan is used to vocal conservative representation after nearly two decades of Pete Hoekstra. Huizenga is certain to maintain that tradition. In Washington, Huizenga will fight for lower taxes, and a balanced budget amendment. As always, these two combined mean a direct aim of making heavy cuts in federal spending. On taxes, specifically, Huizenga is a bold proactive conservative who sees the merit in a simple flat tax, fair to individuals of all tax brackets and far easier to manage for business owners strangled by the current intrusive big-government atmosphere.
Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski is looking to contribute to the Republican wave of 2010 in unseating Democrat Gary Peters in the 9th district. His campaign is centered around the simple slogan of “Generate jobs. Reduce government. Protect America,” three aims that should be very high on the list of any candidate running for public office this year. The first two go hand in hand as Rocky explains on his campaign site. Government cannot create jobs, but can provide the atmosphere that allows for the success of private business to do so. “High taxes and burdensome bureaucracy,” Rocky states, “stifle job creation.” As for protecting America, Rocky has done so himself, as an officer and twenty-four year veteran in the U.S. Army Reserve. In Washington, Raczkowski will work to continue the campaign among conservatives to see America protected, defying the political rhetoric against the War on Terror, which he describes as “defeatist” and “irresponsible.”
This race is rated as “Likely Democratic,” which really overstates the power of incumbency in this case. Peters is a freshman Democrat who took only 52% of the vote in the strong Democrat year that was 2008. Before then, the 9th had been home to conservative Joe Knollenberg. Meanwhile, Peters has represented his moderate-conservative district by being a 95% reliable vote for the extreme leftist agenda of Nancy Pelosi in the House. Rocky is a strong candidate for this seat with statewide name recognition. Republicans have a very good chance at seeing victory in this district.
Tim Walberg is seeking to reclaim his old seat in the 7th district from Democrat Mark Schauer who defeated him in the midst of the Democratic victories of 2008. In doing so, Walberg stands proudly on his record and the issues that it reflects, as he rightfully believes that the behavior of Washington these past nineteen months have vindicated his conservative beliefs. When returned to Congress, Walberg will fight for the causes on which he contrasts so drastically from the current left-wing leadership seeking wide tax relief for individuals and business, vastly reduced government spending, a repeal of the health care takeover, and a return to traditional values, including the sanctity of life and the protection of the Second Amendment.
This race is rated from toss up to “Leans Republican” by most ratings organizations. Schauer is a relatively weak freshman Democrat in a conservative leaning district who was unable to receive 50% of the vote even in his 2008 victory. Schauer is a hard leftist who defiantly supported the health care takeover, even approving federal funding for abortion. Walberg, meanwhile, is a conservative fighter. He fought to primary out the moderate incumbent Joe Schwarz in the 2006 Republican primary. He fought to win the seat in the general election later that year, and this November, Walberg will fight to retake that seat. The independent minded people of Michigan’s 7th have seen his style of principled leadership and the Pelosi style of overbearing governance and will make a choice between the two.
Along with the five Congressional candidates above, Romney has endorsed Bill Schuette, for Michigan State Attorney General. Schuette is a devoted conservative who has served the state of Michigan his entire life in varying capacities. He was a young Congressman, representing the 10th district for six years in the late 1980s. From there he went on to work in the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Michigan State Senate, and most recently as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals. This year, he seeks to bring his years of experience in public service to Lansing where he will serve as Attorney General.
A proud part of the Reagan Revolution, Schuette will bring these principles backing a strong nation and traditional values to the Attorney General’s office. Schuette understands that tough economic times often mean a growth in the crime rate. Schuette is particularly concerned about the increasing parole approval for sex offenders and violent criminals, alongside the simultaneous reduction in Michigan State Police. As tax and spend leftists seek to justify their unnecessary social programs and pork spending, they make foolish decisions that seek to free up more money at the expense of public safety. As Attorney General, Schuette will remain tough in the face of special interests and weak on crime politicians, leading the way for the people of Michigan in his goal “to make Michigan the safest place in America to raise our children.”
Overall, this is a strong conservative slate that could revolutionize Michigan and this nation with a committed approach to conservative principles. Michigan has long suffered under the failed left wing policies of Democrats and the interests of their supporters in the big unions. The state very much needs leadership such as that which will be brought by these individuals should they win office. However, before that can happen, these candidates need the support of Michigan voters and conservatives nationwide. Visit their campaign sites. Learn more about them. If you can help them out with a contribution, please do so. Most importantly, if you are a resident of Michigan and eligible to vote for any of these candidates, make sure to get out this November – fewer than ten weeks now – and give them your vote.
After publicly backing Michigan gubernatorial primary winner Rick Snyder, Mitt Romney formally endorsed a total of eleven Michigan candidates for the 2010 primaries. Ten of the eleven are running for the House: five incumbents seeking to return to Washington and five challengers looking to become victors in the midst of a Republican sweep. The eleventh candidate is seeking to work for Rick Snyder and the people of Michigan as the state’s next Attorney General. These endorsements will come with financial backing from Free and Strong America PAC totaling $28,400.
As with the endorsement of Snyder, Romney’s endorsement focused on the strong fiscal policies of the Republican candidates in the economically troubled state:
Rather than enacting policies that will strengthen our economy and put people back to work, too many of our leaders are instead focused on growing the size of government. It is more important than ever before that we have elected officials who will make the tough decisions needed to put Michigan – and our country – back on the right track, and that is why I am endorsing these candidates today.
First off, the incumbents:
Dave Camp is a longtime Republican stalwart who has represented the 4th district since 1993. Residing in a district that has consistently sent a Republican to Congress since the 1930s, Camp is considered safe in his bid for reelection this year, although he will receive a challenger in Jerry Campbell. As 2010 sees a wave of new small-government minded conservatives sent to D.C, returning a veteran reformer such as Camp to his seat is crucial. In the wake of the last conservative revolution, in 1995, Camp was a notable leader in seeing the passage of welfare reform through Congress. With the overinflated spending habits of the Obama administration, fiscal conservatives such as Camp will have an even greater task ahead of them this time around.
Camp backs the effort to repeal the intrusive Obama health care takeover, joining the fight as a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee to see the health care law replaced with “common sense solutions.” The effort will unfortunately gain no traction among the leftist controlled 111th Congress, but will prove to be valuable groundwork for the efforts introduced among the fiscal conservatives in the 112th.
Thaddeus McCotter is an outspoken conservative fighter from the 11th district to the northwest of Detroit. McCotter is a principled conservative whose strident support for the Iraq War and denunciation of the 2008 bailout made him a target for Democrats in their efforts to unseat the opposition in 2008. Fortunately for Michigan and unfortunately for the left, McCotter survived the wave and has since been a vocal opponent of the amateurish politics of the Obama administration. McCotter’s strong personality will enable him to be an effective leader in the efforts to undo the damage caused by the fiscal recklessness of the Democrat leadership in Congress since 2007.
McCotter is sure to put forth a strong effort in rolling back government as part of coming Republican majority. He has made economic freedom his top issue, summarizing in a straightforward manner:
Free people, free markets, free enterprise and private property are the pillars of prosperity that empower Americans to pursue happiness within their families, communities and our country. We must defend these pillars of prosperity against big Government’s seductive calls to exchange our private property for state benefits.
McCotter Rocks – gotta back a guy who names his campaign site that way.
Candice Miller represents the 10th district in Eastern Michigan. First elected in 2002, Miller has been and remains a strong supporter of national defense issues that have sadly fallen to the wayside under the leftist tenure of Nancy Pelosi in the House. Of course, with the failure of the Obama administration to provide an atmosphere in which the private sector can begin to bring this nation’s economy out of recession, job growth highlights her platform for her reelection campaign. This means lower taxes for business, lower taxes for families, and combining her two strongest issues, support for the defense industry in Michigan.
Miller’s support of national defense does not come at the expense of her fiscal principles. She remains a steady small government conservative, unhappy with the Bush administration for overseeing a significant growth in the federal deficit since 2001, and horrified with the unprecedented explosion in deficit spending under the Obama administration. Miller, consistently opposed to unnecessary government spending and the high taxation to which it leads, is sure to remain a disciplined leader among the coming Republican majority, advocating restraint when the GOP has control of the purse strings.
Mike Rogers has represented the 8th district since 2001. As with the vast majority of Republicans in Congress and running for election nationwide this November, Rogers is concerned with reviving the American economy. His efforts center around the energy industry. In a wise attempt to kill two birds with one stone, Rogers has taken the lead in creating a plan to improve the economy with the goal of achieving energy independence by July 4, 2015. This plan involves increased domestic drilling, new nuclear energy plants, supporting the coal industry for jet fuel, and tax incentives for energy efficient homes, appliances, and computer systems.
Overall the plan would aim at producing and saving millions of barrels of oil, while adding thousands of jobs. Mike Rogers is providing a reasoned plan to lead this nation toward energy independence while the Obama administration foolish continues to prevent American energy workers from returning to their jobs and caves to the debunked research of environmental activist organizations. His efforts would alleviate the rising energy costs for the American consumer, protect important jobs neglected by the current administration, and provide another avenue for private business to return the nation to its previous economic strength.
Finally, Fred Upton in the sixth district seeks reelection to the seat he has held since 1987. Although considered by many to be a moderate among Congressional Republicans, a member of the Main Street Partnership weak on some social issues, Upton is a rock solid fiscal conservative who will do well in the expected economic agenda of the next Republican majority. Upton’s campaign is centered around his five point plan to reduce the punishing unemployment rate, second highest in the nation, faced by Michigan voters . The points to his “Putting Michigan Back to Work” plan include: tax credits for new home construction, a tax deduction for car payments, a 20% tax deduction for small business, the repeal of the health care mandate for businesses, and alongside his colleague Mike Rogers, the expansion of nuclear power.
Beyond this, Upton is a crusader for the fiscal responsibility that is severely lacking among the leftist majority in the current Congress. On his campaign site Upton blasts the irresponsible tax and spend policies inherent in the 2011 budget proposal of the Obama administration and continued raising of the federal debt limit – an effort Upton describes as “a startling display of fiscal insanity.” The most distressing example of this Beltway indifference to public opinion has been the health care takeover, which was rammed through Congress against the will of a vast majority of voters. On this, Upton declares “The fight is not over…It is only beginning.”
Indeed the fight is only beginning. Although the campaign fight for these five incumbents is largely won – all are currently considered safe to retain their seats – the fight to repeal and undo the damage done by the ineffective Democratic Congressional leadership of the past four years is only beginning. These candidates represent not just the start of that fight, but also the ongoing battle to strengthen this nation through positive conservative reform.
Of course, for that fight to be won, these five will need many more conservative colleagues to support them. Part two will introduce the challengers in Michigan’s races, including the popular Dr. Dan, who will be the conservative leaders of the future.
Today, Governor Romney is back in his childhood home state of Michigan, where he will attend campaign events backing Michigan Republican primary winner Rick Snyder in his continuing campaign to become the state’s 48th governor. As those who have followed the race through the summer are aware, before the August 3 primary, Romney had endorsed the more conservative Republican candidate Pete Hoekstra. Now that the people of Michigan have spoken in favor of the moderate Snyder over Hoekstra, Cox, and Bouchard, Romney is leading the way in unifying conservatives behind the better candidate for the general election.
In his endorsement of Snyder, Romney succinctly explained why conservatives, Republicans, and fiscally responsible independents now need to unite behind Snyder:
“Rick Snyder is a successful businessman, manager, and job creator, which makes him uniquely qualified to lead Michigan through these challenging economic times. Rick will promote pro-growth policies that will put people back to work and get Michigan back on the right track”
Although conservatives are uncertain about some of Snyder’s views on social issues, Snyder is an outsider and reasoned fiscal conservative who will work to the benefit on economic issues. With a state as hard hit by the recession as Michigan, this is not something voters should take lightly. Snyder understands the many challenges that face Michigan today. While Bernero represents the big union interests and continuance of failed Granholm policies that have made the economic climate so severe in the state – Michigan unemployment stands upward of 13 percent – Snyder has a sweeping ten point plan to “reinvent” and “create an era of innovation in Michigan.” These include the elimination of the punishing Michigan Business Tax in favor of a simple flat corporate tax in the model of Utah or Virginia, and an effort toward government efficiency that aims to reduce more than $2 billion in government spending.
As Rick’s “One Tough Nerd” campaign argues, the next governor of Michigan will need the dedicated efforts that only a tough nerd such as Rick Snyder can bring to the state. That is, nerds “seek input from many sources. Nerds pay attention to what’s going on around them. They develop plans, and follow though, no matter what. Nerds know how to work with others to get things done. Nerds don’t take “no” for an answer.” With this nerd philosophy, Rick will see his plan of reduced taxes, reduced government, and reduced unemployment brought through for Michigan. After eight years of failed left-wing governance from Jennifer Granholm, the state desperately needs it.
Well, its Saturday morning and how are supporters of New START doing? Not so good, according to the Heritage Foundation.
The first link is regarding a poll from earlier this past week by Rasmussen Reports surveying 1,000 American adults on various national security issues, many of which would be severely affected by the ratification of New START. The President is attempting to lead the country down a path advocated by the far-left since the early ’80s and the American people have no desire to see this. As Iran joins the ever-growing list of nuclear powers in the world, our defense needs to be stronger than ever. Unfortunately, we have a weak administration in D.C.
On top of this, or possibly because of it, the second link shows that weak administration pulling back the efforts to pursue ratification of the treaty. With a treaty so misguided that reasoned persuasion could not possibly lead to ratification, supporters of New START attempted to tear down opponents of the treaty with personal attacks. The latest reports show that this method has not exactly won the hearts and minds of many Senate Republicans seeing a bipartisan solution to this issue. Of course, it is still not yet time to relax and score a point for Romney over the Obama agenda. If the last nineteen months have taught us anything about the administration’s methods, it is that horrible defeated legislation too often manages to rise from the dead.