May 29, 2014
Today, I announced my decision to enter the race for Kansas’ Fourth District Congressional seat. It was a thoughtful decision based on differences with the current Congressman related to vision, issues, and public service. I have been here before – I have 16 years of experience serving you in Congress and I want to share with you why I am doing this.
A Congressional seat is contract labor. No one is entitled to be a Congressman. No one has a right to be our Representative, it is earned. Every two years the contract expires and it is up to the boss, the voters, to decide whether or not to rehire their Representative. Personally, I am not pleased with the direction in Washington nor am I happy with what has happened to our economy in south central Kansas and I want to make a difference.
My vision for Kansas starts with our local economy and includes the protection of our privacy, the systematic reformation of our healthcare system to incorporate free market principles, strong national security, access to information for consumers, and opportunity for growth free from increasing government regulations. I also think that we can return to a balanced budget as we had for four years prior to 9-11.
For sixteen years, I worked doggedly to keep aircraft workers at their facilities in the 4th District. During the down swing in aviation, I fought for numerous initiatives that helped keep jobs here or create new jobs in the aviation industry. Whether it was alleviating government regulations or making sure the US government bought American products, I have always sought to do what is best for Kansas jobs.
Over my career in politics I have been endorsed numerous times by both local and national pro- life and pro-family groups. My consistently 100% prolife voting record serves as one of my most important accomplishments. I believe that protecting families and life is one of the most important things we can do in America – that will never change but right now we need to make sure families can make ends meet.
We cannot do that if good paying aviation jobs have been leaving the 4th district. Boeing and Beechcraft are no longer in business in Wichita. Many will remember the fight I led to overturn the largest defense contract in history when the US government sought to outsource the purchase of air refueling tankers from a French aerospace company. I was saddened when more recently the government outsourced other aviation contracts to Brazil.
I believe that more should have been done to keep those jobs here in the US. I believe that in order to serve the 4th District of Kansas, our representative needs to be here listening to the people. Our current congressman and I disagree on some important issues. I am concerned with his support of NSA surveillance of American citizens, support for numerous bills funding Obamacare, support for military action in Syria and efforts to restrict the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). His support of these ideas gives me great concern that Kansans are not being heard in Congress.
I have a proven track record of listening and taking action to serve the people of this district and I am again seeking the opportunity to serve you again.
I am asking for your vote this August and I want you to get involved in my campaign – you can sign up for campaign updates, volunteer or donate right here.
Thank you and God bless,