As a self-made successful businessman, Matt Bevin understands that the failed leadership in the Republican Party cannot be fixed with the very elements that precipitated its failure. As a devoted father of nine children, he understands that if we don’t elect bold leaders to change that party, nobody will be able to preserve this Republic for our children. He also understands that when nobody else is willing to fix the problem, you have to do it yourself. That’s why Matt Bevin is storming the decaying castle of the GOP establishment on behalf of millions of conservatives.
We are thrilled to get to storm it with him.
Try to think of a solid-blue state that has re-elected a conservative Democrat for over 30 years and where that Democrat voted against liberals in their party on social, fiscal, and national security issues? There are none. Yet Republicans have a 34-year incumbent from red-state Mississippi who votes time-and-time again for more spending, more taxes, and weaker national defense. It’s time for this to change.
We will never win the fight against progressive Democrats with big-government, free-spending Republicans.
Colonel Rob Maness
As we all suffer the dire consequences of a Congress full of power-hungry politicians in Washington more concerned with their “Beltway status” than the impact of their bad policies back at home, it has become clear that it is time we have the resolve and audacity to start electing more citizen legislators to the U.S. Senate. Why should the Senate function like the House of Lords? Has it served us well? Why not elect more outsiders? Why not elect more people with bona fide leadership qualities such as military officers? Why not elect Colonel Rob Maness in Louisiana?
Next year, conservatives will have a number of solid opportunities to pick up Senate seats from Democrats in conservative-leaning states. Chief among them is Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) who supports 100% of President Obama’s agenda and is completely out of touch with the values of Louisiana.
Georgia, 11th Congressional District
Barry Loudermilk is one of those candidates who is inviolable on every policy issue. He feels just as comfortable advocating for abolishing the Department of Education and reforming the Federal Reserve as a he does speaking about traditional values and the civil society. Hence, Barry does not believe in ‘pick-and-choose’ conservatism.
More importantly, he understands the political dynamic in Washington and has committed to completely fighting against the GOP establishment and seeking new leadership within the party. While we often look for political newcomers to run for Congress, Loudermilk’s experience in the Georgia state House and Senate are actually advantages – he has a record of standing up to the big government bosses within the Republican Party.
Idaho, 2nd Congressional District
Not only is Bryan a full-spectrum conservative – from fiscal issues to social issues, guns to illegal immigration – he is willing to fight for those values. He has watched the failure of the Boehner House in restoring our Republic and is committed to shaking up the core of the establishment when he goes to Washington – even if that means “eating lunch by himself.” He is willing to articulate the message that rugged individualism, free markets, and productivity raises the level of prosperity for all Americans; that Washington central planning has foisted upon us a 50-year failed experiment in fighting poverty. Our only regret is that we cannot clone Bryan and support him in other races across the country. Bryan Smith brings a degree of ideological fervor and viability to the race that few conservative challengers are able to match.
Pennsylvania, 9th Congressional District
Are you sick of being disenfranchised by the politicians in Washington? Are you tired of Republicans rolling over on issues like the debt ceiling, Obamacare, farm subsidies, and amnesty? Do you want Republicans in the House to start performing as the majority? Well, nothing will change unless we rid ourselves of the dead wood within the current political class. If we plan to restore our republican form of government, we must begin by electing citizen legislators like Captain Art Halvorson and retiring career politicians like Bill Shuster.
Oklahoma, First Congressional District
Jim Bridenstine is the gold standard for the conservative electoral blueprint. Everyone talks about primarying wayward Republicans, but Bridenstine actually did it. And he won without help from any major outside organization.
In a classic example of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Jim Bridenstine, a naval aviator and political neophyte, challenged incumbent John Sullivan in his Tulsa-based district. Sullivan was the lead sponsor of the NatGas subsidy bill, and Oklahoma’s first district is the birthplace of T. Boone Pickens and the home of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Bridenstine deracinated the notion that one needs to pander to parochial interests in order to win an election. Despite boldly declaring that “we ought not let Washington, D.C., control free markets with tax subsidies,” Bridenstine upset a 10-year veteran by 7 points.
Jim is not the first person to come to Washington with a fresh “outsider” approach to commonsense conservative policy. However, he is one of the few to actually legislate in the same way he campaigned. And he did so from day one.
How many people would be willing to stand up in front of the entire Congress on the inaugurating day of the session and vote against the leader of the party for Speaker? Well, after serving for years in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat pilot, Bridenstine was not scared of the career politicians. As they called the names of the members in alphabetical order, Bridenstine was the first Republican to vote against John Boehner as Speaker. He did so as his first act in Congress.
Ever since that fateful first day, Bridenstine has been a leader fighting for free markets, limited government, and against the GOP’s propensity to capitulate on major leverage points. He led the effort to defund Obamacare in the budget resolution. He was one of the most articulate voices against the internet sales tax while few House members were fighting against it. He was one of the only members in Congress to vote against the debt ceiling suspension and to oppose the so-called “Williamsburg Accord,” in which conservatives cut a deal with leadership to ease up on the debt ceiling.
Moreover, unlike some of the other insurgent members who tend to lean more libertarian, Bridenstine is a full three-legged stool conservative.
This is why we support Jim’s reelection as part of our effort to bolster the few brave incumbents in the House. We also hope he runs for Senate when Tom Coburn retires in 2016. We can’t think of a more effective citizen legislator to serve in the ‘house of lords’ than Jim Bridenstine.