Romney Endorsements in the West
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.