This has not all been announced on FreeandStrongAmerica.com, but reports state that Governor Romney has endorsed three more candidates around the country, Arizona’s David Schweikert, Oregon’s Jim Huffman, and Denny Rehberg of Montana.
David Schweikert has won Mitt Romney’s endorsement as one of the Republican “Young Guns,” and is seeking to unseat incumbent Harry Mitchell in Arizona’s 5th district. On his campaign site, Schweikert sums up his campaign mission as, “I will fight for our Constitutional liberties and pro-economic growth policies that defend free markets and free people.” Among these Constitutional liberties is the freedom from mandates and high taxes that come with the health care takeover. Second Amendment rights are also important to Schweikert, who as a gun owner has a strong voting record supporting the protection of the right to bear arms. Along with these, come Schweikert’s support for low taxes and low spending, a small government antidote to the troubles exacerbated by the irresponsible policies of the leftist leadership in D.C.
A recent poll from American Action forum shows Schweikert leading Mitchell by a reasonable six point margin: 50-44. The polling also shows Schweikert regarded as stronger on the economy and Mitchell on the wrong side of public opinion on the health care takeover. With the economy consistently rated as by far the most important issue of voters this cycle, and with support for the repeal of Obamacare holding at over 55%, this represents a strong advantage for Schweikert. The district is currently rated as a toss up by Cook and Real Clear Politics.
Jim Huffman is attempting the difficult task of dislodging Ron Wyden from his seat in the U.S. Senate. Wyden has not been considered particularly vulnerable even in this cycle, with polling showing him leading Huffman by 10-20 points. Nevertheless, this year has seen the unattainable move within reach for conservatives as the public grows ever more weary of the indifference to public opinion on the part of the Democrat leadership in D.C. Huffman’s message of lowering taxes and paying down the debt could yet bring this race further into play for Republicans. Romney’s endorsement, proudly shown on Hufmann’s campaign site, states:
Jim Huffman will be a leader fighting for lower taxes, controls on spending and the pro-growth policies that are necessary to create jobs and get our economy moving again. As a constitutional scholar, he understands that big government and liberal spending programs threaten the personal freedom and individual liberty that are at the core of our democracy.
On these issues, Huffman argues, truthfully that Republicans lost control in 2006 and 2008 in part due to reckless spending. Democrats have since taken it completely out of control. Huffman backs several strong conservative measures to restrain this while bringing the economy back on track. These include a balanced budget amendment, the elimination of earmarks, cutting and eliminating unnecessary federal programs, and the extension of the Bush era tax cuts. Compared to the Wyden record of increased spending and government mandates, this is a very compelling message.
Denny Rehberg, seeking reelection to Congress in the only statewide district in Montana is the one endorsement among these three that has so far been announced on the website for Free and Strong America PAC. Rehberg is a conservative stalwart that has represented Montana since 2001, easily weathering the storms in 2006 and 2008. Rehberg is a proud supporter of America’s troops and works hard to represent the interests of our veterans overseas and after their return home. Economically, Rehberg is a firm supporter of tax reform. His campaign site, unlike many others, does not reflect his interests for the future, but instead sets out his record of what he has done so far for Montana. With this record including his support for the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, tax relief for Montana’s small business, and his sponsorship of legislation to “reclaim the hundreds of billions of dollars in unspent stimulus money currently sitting in various federal agencies and bureaus,” Rehberg establishes his past conservative leadership that he will also bring to Montana’s future.
Rehberg has received a $2,500 contribution from Free and Strong America PAC in order to further guarantee his return to the House. Along with this, Rehberg received this personal endorsement from Romney:
With over 30 years of experience as a small businessman and public servant, Denny Rehberg understands the importance of enacting pro-growth policies that will turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work. A committed fiscal conservative, Denny will continue to fight for lower taxes and fiscal discipline and that is why I am standing with him today.
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.