LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2012 – Although the 2012 elections are over six months away, it is time to roll out a list of TYGRRRR EXPRESS endorsements. While this list will be updated several times in the coming months, it is time to get the ball rolling.
These initial endorsements feature candidates who all have one thing in common. I have personally met them, spoken with them, and listened to them. They are worthy of the public trust.
Some of them are social conservatives, while others are more Libertarian. Some are Neocons while others are non-interventionists. For those wondering how a Neocon like myself could possibly support a Ron Paul type of candidate, the answer is simple. Local candidates have nothing to do with foreign policy.
People should not be so locked into an ideology that logical reasoning flies out the window. For instance, somebody who is ardently pro-life should not care that the candidate running for agriculture commissioner is pro-choice.
The water district commissioner is involved with water. Their position on gay rights is irrelevant.
With that, here is a list of endorsements around America.
Arkansas: Alan Clark for State Senate District 13. In 2010 Mr. Clark held a “Paint Arkansas Red Rally” in Hot Springs. The former Garland County GOP Chairman presided over a clean sweep, as his county went solid Republican. He is a winner.
California: Phil Liberatore for Congress, District 8. In Central California, this district covers Mono, Inyo, and East San Bernardino. Mr. Liberatore is an accomplished CPA and the brains behind the Liberatore Lecture series that brings top notch conservative speakers to California.
Woody Woodrum for Mayor of San Diego. The former congressional candidate is a military veteran and the head of the San Diego Chapter of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum. Mr. Woodrum is a good man who genuinely cares about people.
Nick Popaditch for Congress, District 53. This San Diego district is an uphill climb, but Mr. Popaditch is a fighter. This Iraq War hero was injured in battle, and wears an eye patch over one eye. He served his country with distinction and honor, and his courage would be a welcome addition to Congress.
Florida: Colonel Allen West for Congress, District 18. This South Florida district covers all of St. Lucie and Martin Counties, and part of Palm Beach County. Colonel West is a war hero who entered Congress in 2010 as one of only two black Republicans. From the moment he entered Congress, the left went after him. They tried to eliminate him by redistricting him. This man has looked terrorists in the eye. He is not going to be afraid of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Her hatred for him alone is enough reason to make supporting him a priority. He is also a staunch supporter of Israel.
Adam Hasner for Congress, District 22. This area of Florida covers many of the coastal communities of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This district was at the heart of the 2000 presidential election that Al Gore tried to steal from George W. Bush. This was the district Colonel Allen West won in 2010 before immediately being redistricted to a nearby district. In 2007 he became the first Jewish Republican to become the Florida House Majority Leader. A staunch fiscal conservative, he has pushed for a Balanced Budget Amendment and consistently rejects stimulus spending money.
Hawaii: Mike Greco for State Senate. Mr. Greco is a military veteran. He has patrolled the Straits of Hormuz and been to Guantanamo Bay. His views on foreign policy mesh with Ron Paul, but even Neocons like myself can be comfortable with him. He is honest, trustworthy, and plainspoken.
Linda Lingle for U.S. Senate. The popular former two term Hawaii Governor is a Jewish Republican in a state with virtually no Jews and no Republicans. She may be the only Republican who can win statewide in heavily Democratic Hawaii. She is a rising star on the national scene and should be considered a Vice Presidential nominee at some point very soon. For now, the U.S. Senate would be lucky to have this bright, sharp, thoughtful woman.
Idaho: Raul Labrador for Congress. The sole congressional seat in Idaho was won by Mr. Labrador in 2010. Idaho is a conservative state that functions well. Mr. Labrador is a real conservative. For those obsessed with change, sometimes the status quo is the wise move. Continuity can be a good thing, and Mr. Labrador deserves reelection to keep Idaho just fine the way it is without outside interference.
Minnesota: Pete Hegseth for U.S. Senate. Mr. Hegseth is an Iraq War veteran with honors for valor all over the place. He is also the former Executive Director of Vets for Freedom. He is running in the general election against ultra-liberal Amy Klochubar, whose most redeeming quality is that she is not Al Franken. Mr. Hegseth is an unapologetic supporter of the decisions to go into Iraq and Afghanistan.
Montana: Dennis Rehberg for U.S. Senate. Montana only has one congressional seat, and Mr. Rehberg has held it for eight years. Now he is seeking to move to the upper chamber. He speaks occasionally about “Western Values,” and people should learn about him. Oil drilling is an important issue in Montana, and those who prefer employed human beings over tree-huggers will like Mr. Rehberg.
Nevada: Victoria Seaman for State Assembly. Ms. Seaman is a small business owner who has built successful small businesses in various industries over the last couple of decades. She has seen the devastation that the real estate collapse has had on small business owners in Nevada. She enthusiastically signed “the pledge” not to raise taxes.
New Jersey: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for Congress, District 9. Shmuley Boteach is one of the most provocative clergy persons in America. His most famous book “Kosher Sex” is actually a blueprint for a healthy sex life within the confines of marriage. As an Orthodox Rabbi, he is an advocate for traditional values. For the last three years Newswee has named him one of the 50 most influential Rabbis in America. He peaked at # 7. The Bergen, New Jersey, area he would be representing contains a vibrant Orthodox community.
North Carolina: Ilario Pantano for Congress, District 7. Mr. Pantano served in operation Desert Storm. A decade later, after 9/11, this marine reinlisted and served again. He is an Italian man married to a Jewish woman, and they are raising their two children in Wilmington, North Carolina. Mr. Pantano is staunchly pro-Israel. He understands the threat of Radical Islam better than most people in this country.
North Dakota: Brian Kalk for Congress. North Dakota only has one statewide congressional seat. While much of the country flounders, North Dakota is enjoying an oil boom and 3.5% unemployment. Mr. Kalk knows the oil industry, and his explanations of oil shale, oil drilling, and virtually everything else about the industry should be mandatory reading material. For those who want to take the North Dakota jobs renaissance nationwide, electing Mr. Kalk would be an excellent start.
Ohio: Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate. Mr. Mandel served two tours of Duty in Iraq. He is only 35 years old, but currently serves as the State Treasurer of Ohio. He was drafted to run for the Senate because he was far and away the best candidate to take down uber-liberal Sherrod Brown. Mr. Mandel hails from Cleveland, and has seen the despair that the current economic policies have had on the area where he grew up. Without putting unfair pressure on him, this young Jewish man could be the first Jewish President one day. For now, he would make a fine Senator.
Joe the Plumber for Congress, District 9. Samuel J. Wurzelbacher is known to most of us as Joe the Plumber. He became a celebrity when candidate Barack Obama suggested that he would “spread the wealth around” to Joe at a campaign stop. He really is an average Joe, your every day guy neighbor and citizen. He served in the Air Force and knows what it is like to be a single father to a teenager. Yes, he is a real plumber despite efforts by the left to portray him as inauthentic. He is running against Marcy Kaptur, whose only redeeming quality is that she is not Dennis Kucinich. Joe is a small business owner, and he knows how to put people back to work. It starts with lower taxes and fewer regulations that hinder businesses. Although Joe is a Bengals fan, his district containing Toledo is closer to Browns country. The new 9th district has been called “The Mistake by the Lake” and one of the “Top 5 Ugliest Districts” due to gerrymandering.
South Carolina: Tim Scott for Congress, District 1. South Carolina is a unique state. People throughout the state absolutely love their congressmen. They brag about them. Several of them entered Congress in 2010, and Tim Scott is as good as it gets. One of only two black Republicans in Congress, Mr. Scott is an unapologetic conservative. He is religious, and is not shy about expressing his social conservatism. On fiscal issues, he voted against the debt ceiling increase. South Carolina functions well because it has real conservatives in office. Tim Scott is on his way to being a national figure if he is not there already. He took a trip to Israel last year, and his discussion of that trip should be told to every American. In a nutshell, Israelis look to America as a capitalist nation, and are begging us not to delve into socialism. With men like Tim Scott, America will stay a nation that values free enterprise.
Utah: Sarah Nitta for State House. This dynamo has held posts as the state Finance Director and as the President of the Utah Federation of Republican Women. She is a proud American, Utah Republican, wife, mother, and practicing Mormon. She is also a competent, capable leader who helped raise money for a conservative state to keep it reliably red.
Give these people money. Make phone calls for them. Wherever possible, vote for them!
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