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Saturday’s Straw Poll Was A Distraction

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Jeff Johnson and Jullianne Ortman won Saturday’s MNGOP State Central Committee straw polls for Governor and US Senate. They both put money and resources into getting a plurality of support from a captive audience which is one of the most issue ID’ed groups of people our there. But it was also a group that is 99.9% likely to show up and vote GOP next November. While being “the winner” doesn’t mean anything, poor showings must seriously be considered by those placing in the single digits.

There was somewhere just over 1000 potential votes, but only about 400 ballots were cast in each race. That’s dreadful turnout from a candidate’s perspective, for this specific group. The Delegates and Alternates to State Central are some of the most well known and active people in the party. Meaning they are easy to gauge on issues and very easy to have effortless campaign contact at normal BPOU meetings and events. AKA: It shouldn’t take ten of thousands of dollars to win a poll when they are the only ones who can vote in.

Here are the results. [ Name Actual votes – % of votes (% of potential votes)

Governor:

Johnson 143 votes – 35% (14.3%)

Thompson 111 votes – 27% (11.1%)

Seifert 75 votes 18% (0.75%)

Farnsworth 31 votes – 18% (0.31%)

Honour 16 votes – 4% (0.16%)

US Senate:

Ortman 146 votes – 37% (14.6%)

McFadden 85 votes – 22% (0.85%)

Shudlick 50 votes – 13% (0.50%)

Dahlberg 49 votes – 12% (0.49)

Abeler 44 votes – 11% (0.44%)

Moreno 10 votes – 3% (0.1%)

The only surprising thing in the polling was that Marty Seifert is lying about not running a campaign. He is still delusional in thinking that Democrats wouldn’t have spent $20 million hammering away on him if he would have went on to challenge and beat Tom Emmer in a Primary. Sadly, many activists have been drinking that Seifert kool aid and share his that belief too.

This straw poll was a distraction.

Not for the broader party per say, but for the candidates. If they deviated from their plan for more than some speech prep and calling their supporters to show up, it was a waste of resources. I’m guessing a few campaigns spent several thousand dollars on signage and materials for this. Some probably also did some paid calling and polling. Glitzy ads, expensive signs, and massive turnout operations for a meaningless straw poll.

Any candidate who put a lot into this, in as much as it either kept them off the fundraising trail or they chose to spend a lot of money on this event, is a candidate who should be removed from serious consideration because they will easily make stupid decisions with their campaign.

The only number that a candidate should hang their hat on in 2013 is the end of the year fundraising report and most importantly – the cash on hand line.

Because both Franken and Dayton will crush their previous fundraising totals if needed. They have an endless supply of liberal elite and special interest money to pull from. Republicans have neither the war chest flood gates nor the election army that blinks on and off regardless of the name on the ballot. Democrats may slug it out in a primary, but their shots are aimed at whoever is the Republican. We are really good at tearing each other apart. So good that we dislike candidates and their supporters.

There are candidates from 2010 & 2012 who had the food fight for the sake of a food fight to prop themselves up when or keep someone else down. It was wasted effort that could have been used somewhere else to win an election.

 

But that is where Republican endorsement battles have led us.

So here’s my advice on how to avoid another 2010 scorched earth round of Congressional & Statewide endorsement food fights.

Republicans should not be easily swayed in these races.

 

US Senate: Fundraising is all that matters in this race in my opinion. I know I know, we can’t send another RINO to the Senate, but folks, a ball of yarn would vote better than Franken. Perfection is the enemy of good enough in this one. And good enough better not be easily disliked, untrustworthy, and divisive. A US Senator is just one vote, and the goal is 51 Republicans to take the majority. Anyone who can raise money and will vote for a Republican Majority Leader is good enough for me for US Senate if they can raise millions.

Governor: While fundraising is equally important, its not the only thing that matters. We don’t need to temper our principles or pander to the mushy middle out of fear of being labeled extreme. Whoever is the Republican candidate will be labeled extreme so why not pick an actual conservative? Any candidate who is rebranding Tom Horner’s ‘not too hot, not too cold’ crap is a windsock, not leader. The Governor is the Chief executive of Minnesota, not a public relations firm. If a candidate is afraid to defend our principles in public, just imagine what they will do behind closed doors when our principles need a politician who will fight for them. Oh and they need to be able to speak in public.

Congressional: – Due to my position on CD6, and the likelihood of me sneezing at the wrong time and it being seen as being unfair or to help a certain candidate – I will just say that don’t have a food fight for the sake of having a food fight. Pick a candidate who is well known and can raise money. If you are concerned that the only way your preferred candidate has a chance is if the others are held back…. there’s a chance your candidate isn’t as great as you think they are.

We cannot come out of the endorsements hating and not trusting each other. That is far more important than the name on the top of the ticket. Dividing and conquering the activist army or toppling local leadership is not the goal. Beating Democrats is. The CDs and BPOUs are the key to GOTV. They can’t be distracted and torn apart. They need to raise money and work on IDing general election voters, not arguing over who is the better Republican candidate.

Any Republican is better than a Democrat. That’s not a sell out line. Have a spirited debate on who is best, but don’t manipulate our side to dislike someone else on our side.

I’m Sure Another e-book Is On The Way Too

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

This is why I vented yesterday.

Republicans in Minnesota are more concerned with critique than rolling up their sleeves and working. From Blois Olson’s MorningTake.

EMMER: A blogger’s post about a web commercial for a contractor featuring CD6 GOP frontrunner Tom Emmer picked up steam locally and in Washington media circles Monday.  The video has Emmer giving an endorsement to the company, in front of an Emmer for Congress sign.  The coverage of the ad by Washington media could help other MN06 candidates who are trying to keep national groups from falling in behind Emmer.  Meanwhile, expect more questions about Emmer’s work as a lobbyist and on issues like national popular vote’ – to arise.  Some GOP insiders suggest there is Emmer fatigue, even though he’s still the favorite.

Its really easy to point fingers at mistakes. What’s really hard, is to do more than just complain and actually get someone elected. No not by burying the opponent in so much mud that the people hate everyone involved. But by taking one’s self perceived monopoly of campaign and political know how and turning it inward and not using it to cultivate areas of the state where Republicans have no presence, like say, CD4, and help polish up a candidate there to run against the entrenched socialist Betty McCollum?

I understand the hypocrisy of me lecturing insider attacks, but if you notice, I don’t do them much anymore. Because I learned how damaging they are. Do they work? Sure, but is it worth tearing apart the base of the party simply because you despise a particular someone or would prefer your friend won instead?

If the merits of your candidate are how much the other guy sucks, its not a good idea to be loud and proud with that notion. Last guy or gal standing is a piss poor strategy for politics. Nobody likes the lone survivor of a family feud.

 

Not Evaluating Strengths & Weaknesses

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Sen. Dave Thompson sent the following letter to the MNGOP State Executive Committee today.

Dear Chairman Downey and Members of the State Executive Committee,

Thank you all for the incredible service you provide to our state, and to the Republican Party. As a candidate for governor, but more importantly, as a proud Republican and conservative, I’m heartened and excited by the party’s trajectory, and I know that 2014 will be a great year.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the State Central Committee Meeting on October 26. Until last week, I was told that, in addition to the business of electing a new National Committeeman, the agenda would include a forum or debate with all declared candidates for governor participating. Along with my fellow candidates, I was looking forward to a substantive discussion of the issues that are facing our state, and the chance to present ourselves to the Committee Members. Beyond canned speeches, a debate or forum gives these potential delegates the chance evaluate each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

Last week I was disappointed to learn that there would be no debate or forum. I am concerned that this decision was made without consultation or input from the candidates, and I believe that the State Committee meeting is the perfect time to hold a forum.

Forums, like the one scheduled for the State Committee meeting, give voters a chance to ask questions of candidates and compare and contrast the four of us. We know that voters appreciate the opportunity to hear from the candidates, and as a candidate, I always look forward to taking questions and discussing my views with voters and my fellow candidates.

I am therefore urging you to reconsider this decision, and reinstate the planned forum. I feel this is especially important in light of the straw poll that will be held in conjunction with the State Committee meeting. A forum will give straw poll voters even more information about each candidate, and help them judge who among us will be our strongest candidate to run against Mark Dayton in 2014.

Thank you again for your service to our Party, and I sincerely hope that you will reconsider your decision.

Sincerely,

Dave Thompson

#makeDClisten No Training Included In Daytoncare – Killing Obamacare Is The Only Way To Protect Americans

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

What happens when a single party is allowed to exercise its ideology with out criticism, examination, or media scrutiny? Its called Obamacare and its crazy uncle Daytoncare (MNSure).

On October 1st, every Minnesotan will be required to participate in the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange that was mandated by Obamacare. What is the exchange and how will it affect the millions of existing contracts Minnesotans have with insurance providers is unclear just a week out from the launch.

What should really scare all Minnesotans is this from the Pioneer Press:

A week before the launch of Minnesota’s health exchange, no insurance agents, county workers or “navigators” have been fully trained and certified to help consumers enroll in coverage through the new system, state officials told legislators Tuesday.

In a week 6 million Minnesotans need to know just what the law passed thanks to Al Franken’s stolen election means to them and their family. Hundreds of thousands of employers have to know what this means to their business. Thousands of state and county employees are being forced to impliment the Federal mandate, yet none of them have even received information or training as to explain what Minnesotans can expect.

A lot of Republican strategists are scared of taking a bold stand and “risking” a shutdown over defunding Obamacare, but the fact is no one knows what Obamacare really is. Heck, Nancy Pelosi said the only way to know what was in the bill was to pass it. Three years later, even the bureaucrats tasked with carrying out the Federal mandate don’t know what was in the bill.

Well the law is supposed to be enacted in a week and no one knows what the law really does or what it means. No one has yet been trained to explain to Americans what it means to American families.

Not stopping Obamacare’s unknown affects on Americans’ health care is immoral, unAmerican, and unDemocratic.

Repeal the provision in Obamacare that allows for the Obama appointed Secretary of Health & Human Services to grant a waiver to groups or businesses and force mandate every single state, federal, county, and municipal employee to participate in the same laws that other Americans will be forced to.

If Obamacare is so dang good, then every single American should be mandated to participate. No one should be excluded. No one should be granted a waiver. And no one should be forced to participate in a government policy that no one has been trained to even explain to citizens.

Common sense says this was a mistake. Logic says this is insanity and political marksmanship and overreach. Honesty says this was the mother of all political mistakes ever made in Washington and something that at the very least needs more time to be examined and tested.

To allow Obamacare to be implemented at this point, with no proof of readiness, benefits, or affordability is grounds for recall, impeachment, and a psych eval for anyone unwilling to be honest and admit that its one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people.

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Will There Be A Debate?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The MNGOP scheduled its State Central Meeting for October 26th. They will elect a new RNC Committeeman at this meeting. But they also announced last week that they will hold a straw poll for Governor and US Senate.

Dear Delegates and Alternates of the State Central Committee,

The Republican Party of Minnesota is pleased to announce that our next State Central Committee meeting will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The meeting will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN. We look forward to welcoming all of you to the exciting events that will take place at this meeting.

We will unite together to select our next National Committeeman. In addition to the election of committeeman, we will get to know our candidates for Governor and United States Senate. As part of this meeting, we will also conduct a straw poll for Governor and U.S. Senate. There are many exciting times ahead of us. We look forward to sharing these experiences with all of you. Look for more detailed information to come in the near future.

Much appreciation,

The Republican Party of Minnesota

But there doesn’t appear to be a debate/forum which is just plain stupid.

Tiedeman For #MNGOP #RNC Spot

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I’ve known Chris for many years and he is one of the good guys. He will be a great RNC Committeeman for the MNGOP. I had the chance to catch up with him last night and proudly support his candidacy.

Here is his email message from last week, for those that didn’t get it. (AKA: Aren’t on State Central)

I’m writing today to ask for your support as I seek to represent our party as our next MNGOP National Committeeman as Jeff Johnson steps aside at the next State Central Committee meeting on October 26.

I’m running for this party leadership position because the ramifications of Democratic control and overreach in St. Paul and Washington, DC require us to stand together and focus on defeating the DFL up and down the ballot next year.

Our party leadership won’t be able to do this alone.  I believe I’m well-positioned to work with all parts of our party – both geographical and ideologically – to make sure we have an awesome 2014. I have friends across all parts of our party, both here in Minnesota and across the country.  Because I’m not willing to be defined as a hyphenated Republican, I can help us focus on winningtogether.

Part of pulling together to win in 2014 means making sure RNC rules are established to support the grassroots of our party.  The RNC works for the grassroots, not the other way around.  Our Minnesota party leaders have been strong advocates for us on fixing mistakes in the RNC rules to support Minnesota’s historic commitment to the grassroots.  I am committed to continuing to be a strong advocate for us and to fix those mistakes ASAP so that we can focus on fighting for our candidates leading into 2014 rather than fighting with ourselves.

I started working with fellow Conservatives here and around the country as I grew up in Republican politics in the Minnesota College Republicans and then the College Republican National Committee.  That is when I first had the opportunity to become friends with many of you.  Several of my friends and allies from my college days are now strategists, field directors or hold other positions in the organizations that are specifically established to provide support to gubernatorial, senate, congressional, constitutional office and legislative candidates across the country.

We have a tremendous opportunity up and down the ticket leading into 2014 here in Minnesota.  I want to spread our message of the strength of our candidates to everyone, here in Minnesota and across the country who should be supporting us and our shared goals.

If 2014 is going to be as successful as it should be, it is imperative that we are pulling in the same direction from the grassroots in Minnesota to the major contributors supporting our party in Washington, DC. I am excited to play a role in helping to make that happen.

While winning is critical, winning for a reason is why all of us are involved.

I want to represent us on the RNC as our MNGOP Committeeman because I grew up in this party with you fighting for our core values.  I got into politics in part because as an adopted child during the 1970s I recognize the value of life and the risk of defining it simply as a “choice.”  I watched my father farm in Northwestern Minnesota and can’t believe the DFL monopoly in St. Paul added a brand new tax on farmers for equipment repair.  These are just a few examples among countless others of the reasons we need to work together to win in 2014 and beyond.

I became active in politics for the same reasons so many of you did.  Limited government, Liberty, respect for life and other core values that drive our party.

I’m not running for the state legislature or Congress.  The RNC is not a policy-making body.  But nonetheless I want you to understand my core, and why I so strongly believe we need to come together to start winning again in 2014.  

I am excited and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement already as I enter this race.  I look forward to having a conversation with as many of you as possible between now and State Central, and then after that as we move forward together towards an awesome 2014.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or if you’d be willing to help out with this effort.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and our Party.

Chris Tiedeman
For MNGOP National Committeeman

Scott Honour and the Rebirth of My Ability To Show I Still Care

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Last Thursday I had a chance to sit down with Scott Honour who is running for Governor. I will say that in the one on one setting he is much more impressive than his performance at the #mngovforum. But, at this point in the game, I am not sold on him being the best Republicanto go up against Dayton as “our” candidate.

I have struggled with writing this post. I have only met Mr. Honour this one time, but I think his right hand campaign man, Pat Shortridge is one of the smartest operatives in Republican politics and his stamp of approval on a candidate is more trustworthy than anyone else in Minnesota. But I think he got this one wrong. Its not that Honour isn’t a great successful guy. Its not personal, this is business.

I feel it would be a failure on my part not to opine about the drought stricken grassroots of the MNGOP and the urgency members need to have in saving the party, movement, and state.  I have been trying to leave public criticism to others, but I guess I was inspired to start “caring” enough to speak up publicly again.

My general concerns about the race in general can be found in a post I wrote in January. Where Is That Army of Davids? The Era of Hyphenated Republicans”  

Here are a couple of the items I took away from my sit down with Honour.

On “abiding by the endorsement” Honour is still not sure and will assess that at a later date. I asked him that if one of his current competitors (Johnson, Thompson, or Zellers) won the endorsement if he’d feel compelled to go to the Primary. He responded that he got in the race because of the rumored candidates he didn’t see someone he could get behind so he jumped in. He did mention he would consider them all for running mates.

One big thing I was curious about was about a possible heated exchange with a BPOU on gun rights. I’d heard that Honour supported restrictions on gun rights and it didn’t sit well with a GOP group. That is not true, it was US Senate candidate Mike MacFadden. Honour is a member of the NRA.

On the donation to Al Gore: Honour said that he did that for a friend, but he also pointed out that he gave twice as much to George W. Bush. Yes, everyone makes mistakes I guess.

One glaring thing that was clear to me was the self-proclaimed benefit of being inexperienced is actually a huge problem for Honour. If he says “If it makes sense…” he may not actually know anything about the issue. I’m not sure it would be ‘on the job training’ for Honour, but he doesn’t seem to have done the homework on what ails the state of Minnesota enough to speak to the details. That is something you have to do to get elected.

Does that mean he is not smart enough to understand the problems? Not at all. But speaking as someone who has been in the trenches of the conservative movement for years and years, I am concerned he is only now rolling up his sleeves and may not have the full view of how bad things are.

One example is when I asked him about rail transit. After some discussion, I honed in on one of my pet peeves -Northstar, and asked if he would cut funding to kill something that is losing tens of millions a year just to operate? It was almost as if he had never heard of Northstar or how big a failure it was. He said he needed to be sure my numbers weren’t rhetoric and he’d have to look and see if it makes sense.

An answer like this is pretty much a disqualifier for me. I don’t know how you can run for Minnesota Governor as someone who wants to fix things, and not already know about one glaring example of failure that MNDOT and Metro Transit are. Billions and billions wasted, no vision, and no accountability.

In my opinion, the Republican candidate for Governor can’t be timid and overly calculating to the point that they fail to capitalize on the campaign spotlight to educate Minnesotans on the failures of the Nannystate DFL approach. Honour failed to prove to me that he has already looked into the widely published failure of Northstar and LRT is the perfect example.

We don’t need someone who “will look into” what we on the right are concerned with stopping, it if he gets elected. People have already looked into the DFL mess and not just MNDOT and rail. Education, health care, regulatory, the green energy ponzi schemes, and so on – have all been looked into. Conservative think tanks and interest groups have done the research, been in the trenches fighting against the liberal agenda.

Another item that Honour and his campaign chief Shortridge pointed to as a way to impress folks is that he headed up the Romney campaign in Minnesota last year. In my head I say, “what campaign?” How’d the National Delegate thing go? Where was the state operation until the national plan fell apart and we got the last minute barrage of radio and TV ads and an airport rally? Unless I was not privy to the details during my time as CD6 GOTV Coordinator, I didn’t see any sign of a Minnesota based Romney campaign so I am not so sure I would brag.

Here is a website they pointed out: MinnesotaMitt.com

Requested correction:

Neither Scott nor I talked about his heading the Romney campaign.  

There’s a growing fear of many, both high and low level activists, in the Republican Party that think being a real conservative is bad.  You hear the term “electable” being thrown out in the Governor’s race. Like maybe we just need someone not so conservative, but electable, which to me means ‘not so willing to fight for our shared principles’. Because there is no need to say electable conservative if you truly are a conservative. Electability and conservative are 2 different measures of a candidate

They think, and are good at convincing activists of this, that the reason we lost the last couple statewide elections is that we just had a bad candidate at the top of the ticket, or that they were just too conservative. Again, the left in Minnesota will attack anyone with an “R” behind their name on a ballot. Its what they do. Its high time we stop being afraid of what we really stand for.

Honour has an impressive private sector resume and if all I wanted was a guy to look through the state books and either make some recommendations or unilaterally slash and cut, he’d be a great choice. But that’s not how this works. This isn’t venture capitalism, this isn’t buying and selling a company. This business is politics. There are countless people who would be great Governors, but few can get elected.

This post was not intended to disqualify Scott Honour from being Governor, so for those of you in the print media reading this, you’ll have to get your talking points from Alida Messenger again.

Scott Honour has a pulse and his philosophy appears to align closer to me than Dayton and the DFL from what little I can tell. He is a virtual unknown and new to politics, so there isn’t a record to prove or disprove his stances. He may sit well with you that he hasn’t been a member in the Legislature or on talk radio, but to me, that also means he has never had to prove what he says he believes.

If he is the Republican candidate, then he will be my candidate. But we aren’t there yet.

Have You Taken Advantage of the Political Contribution Refund Yet?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Did you know you can get reimbursed for your donation of up to $50 to the CD6 Republicans?

We have an ambitious plan to maximize our “redness” and carry the load for Minnesota Republicans. We have a great leadership team and some of the most motivated and effective grassroots volunteers in Minnesota, but we need your help to make sure we have the tools and resources to keep the Democrats on the ropes.

Consider a donation to CD6 Republicans as an investment in Minnesota’s future.

In the 2012 election, our volunteers made 275,000 GOTV contacts.

We won 30 of the 33 Legislative Districts covering CD6. No other CD came close to those results and our hard work prevented Governor Dayton and the Democrat controlled Legislature from having enough votes to pass a billion dollar bonding bill on a party line vote.

Mitt Romney won CD6 by the largest margin in Minnesota, both amendments easily passed in CD6, and we reelected Congresswoman Bachmann in spite of the media onslaught and national Democrat money that flowed into our District to defeat her.

In 2014 our goals are simple.

Win every Minnesota House race in CD6.

Keep Bachmann’s Congressional seat in Republican hands.

And provide enough votes for the statewide Republican candidates to make up for the dark blue areas of Minnesota like Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth so that we can celebrate Al Franken, Mark Dayton, and the other statewide Democrats defeats on election night.

I am the Treasurer and Finance Director for the CD6 Republicans, so this post is self-serving, but I promise your all that money spent in CD6 is going to be effectively spent. If Republican candidates are going to win statewide, the votes to do so will come from CD6. Please help us provide the tools and resources our volunteers need to do the Voter ID and other work to find those voters and get them out to the polls and save this state from the Democrats and their reckless and failed liberal agenda.

Please consider a donation to CD6 Republicans. As I said above, you can get reimbursed up to $50 so giving to us can be “free”.

Donate online TODAY by clicking here. 

If you prefer to mail a check please send me an email and I will send you my new mailing address. aaa @ mncd6gop . com

Why Yes Elections Do Have Consequences

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

For those of you who thought Norm Coleman was just another damn Democrat, Al Franken was the 60 vote to break the filibuster on Obamacare.

And now the Obama Supreme Court has decided the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional thanks to the liberals on the court who were approved by Senators Klobuchar and Franken.

We are a Republic which means we have to send the best person to do the job but they have to be able to win. That means you won’t be 100% happy with them. This isn’t a debate society utopia folks, this is the real world with devastating consequences when fickle people through fits and tantrums over fractional differences with in the GOP. Meanwhile a billion dollar election machine is turning out victories in order to install a generational, if not permanent, majority of dependents on Government.

No one will ever be good enough for everyone. We need to work on data folks. No more sitting and listening to people preaching at events or gatherings, ranting on Facebook or twitter….

The key to saving this Republic is data. Even the perfect candidate will lose if he or she has no clue who agrees with them.

From The INBOX: Announcements: Emmer & Sen. Benson

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

A couple of From The INBOXes:

Tom Emmer sent out an invite to an announcement this Wednesday.

I wanted to let you know I will be making an announcement on Wednesday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the River Front and Lions Park, 225 North River Street, Delano.  I hope you can be there.

Tom Emmer

In possibly related news, Sen. Michelle Benson sent out a release stating she was not running to replace Bachmann.

State Senator Michelle Benson announces she will not run for Congress in 2014

 

(Ham Lake, MN) – Today State Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) released the following statement regarding the open seat in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District:

 

“I’m honored to serve in the Minnesota State Senate representing Anoka, Isanti, and Sherburne Counties.  Serving in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District would also be a great honor as our country faces many challenges and opportunities.

 

Although my desire to serve our nation is strong, right now my family, particularly my young children, needs me in Minnesota and not in Washington, D.C.  After thoughtful consideration for the needs of my family, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2014.

 

I want to thank the many people who have encouraged me to run for higher office. Their support reinforces my commitment to serve.

The 6th Congressional District is home to many committed and qualified Republican candidates and I have no doubt the District will continue to have Republican representation in Washington, D.C.”