Kentucky is already guaranteed a lively Democratic Primary and general election for Senate in 2010. In Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District, the good news is that there will be a Congressional race as well. Today at Hillbilly Report a new user informed me of something I did not know. (Shame on me!!). A Democratic candidate has already announced to run for Congress against a Republican incumbent in 2010.
John Waltz has thrown his hat into the ring against incumbent Congressman Geoff Davis. He introduced himself to voters on his website:
My name is John Waltz and I was born the youngest of seven children in a family deeply rooted in hard work and blue-collar values. My father gave over 30 years at General Motors and taught me the real values of being an American. My father instilled in me dedication, loyalty, work ethic, a sense of commitment to the community, and a deep love for my country that led to me to joining the military with the understanding I might end up in a war not of my choosing.
I had the distinct honor to serve on the USS George Washington and was directly involved in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Having come home and having to fight for medical and disability benefits I learned that most in Congress have little or no concern sending us into war but are by far from willing to assume their responsibility on our return. Like every other working class American we asked for nothing more than was promised.
The fact we had to fight for our rights should be a wakeup call to every one of us and is a driving reason behind my second call to serve, which is to be your next Democratic Congressman from Kentucky’s Fourth District.
I am a simple working class married father of four who has had enough of politics as usual. As your Member of Congress, I will not quit and will stay in the fight to ensure America is once again safe, secure and our children have every opportunity to savor the fruits of their labors. While I may not necessarily have all the answers or even know all the questions, I know that with your active help and support we can initiate the process of addressing these important issues in clear straightforward English.
In the last two elections, we as a country have seen a shift towards Democratic leaders whose main concern is taking care of the people, but there are some Republicans still around such as my opponent who supports and rallies for the failed policies of the past. It is time we elect a leader in Kentucky’s Fourth District who is deeply concerned with the future of our beloved nation and her people. In order to reclaim Kentucky’s Fourth District I humbly ask for your support in helping us tackle this serious challenge.
Now, I am over here on the other side of the state and had never heard of John Waltz. However, after reading his biography I really like what I hear from him and what he brings to the table. He is already showing he is not afraid to take Geoff Davis to task on his legacy of failure and waste for Kentucky's Fourth:
The lobbying firm PMA, whose focus is securing defense earmarks, was raided back in February under suspicion for corrupt political campaign contributions in return for taxpayer funds. Information released as part of the subsequent investigation revealed that Congressman Davis created $6.8 million in earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions. House Resolution 286 was introduced to launch a comprehensive investigation into the ethical conduct of the 284 Members of the House directly involved.
Congressman Davis voted against this measure in an apparent attempt to escape from being investigated but was successfully passed with a favorable vote of 223 to 182. In a released statement by Congressional candidate John Waltz he stated, "Members of Congress are intended to be stewards of the people and the blatant ethics violation by Davis exemplifies his intent on serving special interests only. This matter shines a spotlight on the issue of securing no-bid contracts only serves to create the opportunity for corruption and abuse. For the best interest of American citizens this matter should be fully investigated to ensure those involved are held accountable and taxpayers are protected."
He is showing too, that he will fight for honest, hardworking people in Kentucky, and the nation:
Everyday hardworking Americans such as yourself are having a difficult time staying afloat even though you have done your part and played by the rules. The problem is that the game has been rigged in favor of large corporations and company executives, which some in Congress such as my opponent seem to believe is justified.
This week House Resolution 1664 seemingly went under the radar but was critically important because it ensures that any company who has received federal bailout money cannot provide lavish bonuses now or in the future. Finally, we have leadership that is intent on protecting your interests but at the same time, we still have individuals who rally around the same failed policies that got us in the economic disaster we are in now.
While I am on the other side of the state and not affiliated with John Waltz's campaign, I am excited about what I have heard from him so far. I look forward to watching his campaign unfold, and maybe having a "Fight in the Fourth" to write about!!
I think we simply must support fighting Democrats wherever and whenever they emerge. It is never to soon to help candidates who can maintain or even expand our Congressional majority. John Waltz already has an ActBlue page up, and early support could very well put this race on the map. You know what to do!!:
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