Three days left: Why we have what it takes to win!

June 5, 2010

With just a few days left before the primary, I wanted to take a minute and share a few thoughts of encouragement and tell you why we are on the verge of success!

If you are discouraged by the direction this country is headed, disappointed by the acrimony and political power plays in congress, then guess what: You are not alone! A recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans would only vote for someone who has never been in Congress. “Incumbents in general and Democrats in particular face a hot summer,” said the article. Here are a few excerpts:

Two-thirds of those surveyed this week describe themselves as “angry” about the way things are going in the USA, the highest percentage in the decade the question has been asked. By nearly 2-1, they would rather vote for a candidate who has never served in Congress over one with experience.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, head of the GOP Senate campaign committee, says the party has “the wind at our back” and might regain control of Congress.

The poll finds a huge intensity gap between the parties: 50% of Republicans are “extremely motivated” to vote this year; 30% of Democrats are.

“Normally I vote Democrat, but right now I’m not real sure,” says Sherry Havard, 60, of Newton, Texas. “I just don’t like what they’re doing right now.”

Among registered voters, 42% say their view of Obama is “very important” in their vote for Congress.

After weeks of talking with concerned constituents from Coronado to Imperial Beach, I am not surprised by these findings. I have seen and heard your frustration with Obama, Pelosi, and Susan Davis. I know that you are hurt by high taxes that limit free market and squelch this country’s ability to grow economically and create jobs. I have heard your confusion and anger over our broken immigration system and the lack of action from Washington. I feel your bewilderment when your representatives would rather vote strictly with the party or pander to special interests rather than represent YOU. I am a career American like you and I understand and share these sentiments.

That is why this year we must turn things around. The Democrats wanted a chance to show this nation change. Now they’ve had their chance and look where we are. Americans everywhere feel like you do and they are going to do something about it.

With only a few days remaining in the primary stage of this race and I want to tell you why we can show Davis the door. I have been humbled by the incredible efforts of our grassroots network of over 300 people across the district, a much larger network than any one of the other republican candidates in this race. I have also been so encouraged by the clean campaign that we have put together over the last few months, free of backstabbing, bickering, and false accusations. It hasn’t happened in this campaign and I will not do it in congress. My career as a successful businessman has taken me across this country and I understand its unique needs. I know what it takes to make business grow and what true economic growth looks like. Most importantly, I am just like you, a Washington outsider and someone ready to fight for the people!

The statistics show that Americans are ready for fresh faces, with fresh ideas; Americans who are ready to represent their fellow citizens. I don’t believe Susan Davis has done that and I believe she must be held accountable. And while I greatly respect Michael Crimmins, Mari Fink, and C. Mason Weaver, I believe that my experience, my record, my support base, and my campaign show that I have what it takes to challenge Davis and win! I will lower taxes, especially on small businesses and allow the free market to create jobs and boost our economy the way it was meant to. I will secure our borders and actually fix the real problem that has caused rampant illegal immigration. I will fight for our veterans, cut reckless spending and show true discretion with YOUR money. I will listen to you, the people first and foremost. That is my pledge to you.

These past few months have been an incredible experience and I am truly humbled by all of your efforts and support. I am saddened by the direction I have seen this country heading, but the more I have spoken with you and heard your opinions the more I am encouraged that we really can bring back the REAL America! Only three days left, so every hour counts. Spread the word, get out the vote, and on June 8th let’s show San Diego, California, and America that enough is enough!

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Our veterans fought for us. Who is fighting for them?

May 28, 2010

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I want to take a few moments and reflect on what it means to honor those who have served and those who are  currently serving this country by laying their lives on the line for our freedom.

I think it is wonderful that we have a national holiday to honor those who have given their lives in service of this nation. Where would we be if those faithful men and women had not bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy, given their blood in Okinawa, endured hellish conditions in Vietnam, or stood their ground in Fallujah and Bahgdad? The United States is only the great nation it is today because of the blood, sweat and tears of those in uniform. So many have left these safe shores and never returned. Many are all around us today, and they carry a burden most of us will never understand.  I hope we take time this memorial day, and every day, to thank the men and women in our lives who have sacrificed in one way or another to protect our freedom, our land, and our lives.

But I have to wonder, our veterans fought bravely for us, but are we fighting for them? The 53rd district is filled with many veterans. We are so honored to have such a large number of service men and women in our communities. Given the great sacrifices they have made for us, the very least we can do is thank them by honoring their commitment and doing whatever it takes to protect their rights as veterans.

At the recent Coronado Forum, each of the candidates present was asked which Congressional committees they would like to be on. I was frankly stunned that none of my opponents, C. Mason Weaver, Michael Crimmins, nor Mari Fink mentioned the Veterans Affairs Committee. I was the only candidate to list this committee. With such a concentration of veterans in the 53rd I am convinced that we have a duty to fight for those who fought for us, and that your representative in Congress should be on the front lines. It seems to me that being on the Veterans Affairs Committee is the very least that a representative of the 53rd should be doing to serve those who served us. I am saddened that none of my opponents seem to share this view.

Of course, having a day to recognize those who paid the ultimate price for freedom is important. But I think we can best honor those who have died in service by showing active and real support for those brave men and women who are still among us. I am deeply moved and humbled by the sacrifices of each and every one of you who have served and are currently serving in the military. That is why I will be in the trenches of Washington and on the front lines in Congress fighting for you.

Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, your honor and your commitment. God bless our troops and God bless America!