There is a disconnect between America and Washington, D.C. We see it every day as hard-working families are desperate for relief from the burden that intrusive government puts on their lives. Yet rather than tackling the tough issues head on, Congress contents itself with sound bites and nibbles at the legislative battles of the day.
We are at a crossroads as a nation. Now so more than ever there is a need for real leadership in Washington, the kind of leadership that comes from courage of conviction and from the experience of living an everyday life, not being a career politician.
Ever since we launched the Madison Performance Index, it was clear that the Southern delegation of the GOP had a serious problem. Ensconced in deeply red districts, the majority of these seats are held by big government Republicans. One of the most egregious delegations is the one from Alabama and chief among the pro-life statists is Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL).
In an R+28 district, Bachus is the poster child for what is wrong with the Republican Party, earning a -30 on our Performance Index and a spot in our ‘Hall of Shame.’ From TARP to No Child Left Behind to farm subsidies, there seemingly has not been a government expansion bill that Bachus has not voted for during his time in Congress.
That dynamic is about to change. In September, Congressman Bachus announced he was retiring from office and would not see re-election.
It was in the weeks preceding that announcement that we had a chance to sit down with Dr. Chad Mathis, a surgeon and small businessman from Indian Springs, AL. With a date certain to announce his challenge to Congressman Bachus, we appreciated several things about Chad. The first was his clear enunciation of what he believed and what he would do when sent to Washington, D.C. by the voters in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
The second was the courage he displayed in committing to take on what many viewed as a deeply entrenched incumbent. In fact, as we sat with Chad, it was apparent that he looked forward to a campaign of contrast with Congressman Bachus.
Even when that dynamic changed on September 30th and the primary field became crowded with those eager to seek an open Congressional seat, it was apparent to us that Chad Mathis was the kind of viable candidate that the Madison Project was looking for in the 2014 cycle. He has pledged to hold the line on spending, cut taxes, stop running deficits, balance the budget and make government smaller. And even more importantly, as a doctor, he understands the threat Obamacare represents to our way of life and he will work to repeal it.
As Chad said on the day he announced his candidacy: “I’ve read every word of Obamacare, and I know it will ruin America’s healthcare system, kill jobs, and drive up costs for Alabamians. We’ve had Obamacare in place for a week now, and it’s already on life support. The citizens of the 6th Congressional district deserve better than broken government websites and empty healthcare promises.”
You know what else we like about Chad Mathis? During the 2012 U.S. Senate primary in Texas, he took time to go to Texas to volunteer for Ted Cruz’s campaign.
There are those who talk a good game and those who walk one. Chad Mathis is firmly in the latter camp and that is why, today, we are proud to endorse Dr. Chad Mathis for Congress. We will work not only to help him win the election, but we also commit to fighting along side of him once he’s in the halls of Congress.
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