A co-blogger at one of my favorite blogs, The Jawa Report, has endorsed Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in his primary fight against Rep. Don Young (links in the original):
Don Young is one of the worst congressmen in the U.S. House. His massive appetite for earmarks and pork projects, including the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” is legendary. He is one of only 13 Republicans to vote in favor of ending secret ballots in union elections. He has spent, to date, $1.2 million responding to ongoing federal corruption investigations related to his VECO and Coconut Road dealings.
Luckily for conservatives (and Republicans), Don Young is being challenged in the primary by Sean Parnell, a young reformer who has been endorsed by National Review, the Club for Growth and Alaska Right-to-Life, among many others.
The choice here, between a pork-o-rama 35-year incumbent under federal investigation and a young conservative reformer, should be pretty easy for anyone who understands that the GOP has serious problems and needs to change its big spending ways and get back to true conservative principles.
This election cycle presents an opportunity for Alaska Republicans to rid themselves of one of their most corrupt politicians. I join Ragnar Danneskjold at the Jawa Report in hoping Alaskans choose ethical governance over incumbency on August 26.
You can donate to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell’s campaign here.
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell has picked up four endorsements from the Alaskan interior, which includes Fairbanks, Alaska:
Republican Sens. Gene Therriault and Gary Wilken and Reps. John Coghill and Mike Kelly announced their support for Parnell in a press release put out by the Parnell campaign.
“I want a fairly conservative Republican in there,” Coghill said.
“Don has such bad ratings in my area. I don’t think he’s been paying attention to the people of Alaska,” Coghill said.
Coghill said he agrees with Young on the major issues, such as allowing energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but disagrees with him on labor issues and other local challenges.
I’ll be the first to say that Rep. Don Young has many votes in his legislative history that would please conservatives. But when he’s wrong, man is he ever wrong. His ethical lapses and addiction to pork projects are one of the biggest reasons conservatives across the nation feel disenchanted with the GOP. Hopefully Sean Parnell can bring honor back to Alaska’s At-Large House seat.
You can donate to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell’s campaign here. Alaska’s House primary is August 26, 2008.
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who is challenging Rep. Don Young in Alaska’s August 26th House primary, picked up a major endorsement yesterday:
Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell picked up the endorsement of the Alaska Right to Life Group Wednesday.
The group says Parnell has been a champion for issues of life, from conception to natural death.
Congressman Don Young’s campaign says Young remains a right to life supporter and says the endorsement of Parnell likely reflects Young’s vote in support of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
This endorsement speaks to Sean Parnell’s dedication to respecting innocent human life where Rep. Don Young won’t. It also highlights Sean Parnell’s fiscal conservatism, as embryonic stem-cell research is already privately funded.
You can donate to Sean Parnell’s campaign here.
Well, we tried our hardest, but it appears that all of the three Down the Ticket-sponsored candidates facing primaries today have lost. Here are the results as of 12:50am Eastern Time. Sponsored candidates are in Italics, winners in bold.
Jim Ryun 49%
Lynn Jenkins 51%
Sarah Steelman 44.5%
Kenny Hulshof 49.3%
Bob Onder 29%
Blaine Luetkemeyer 39.7%
Danie Moore 19.5%
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that this was disheartening news.
However, there are still many great candidates out there for us to support.
Next up: Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who has his Alaska GOP House primary on August 26, 2008! Make sure to DONATE to his campaign or VOLUNTEER!
Today is a primary day if you are in Missouri or Kansas. If you are registered in these states, make sure you head to the polls today. Down the Ticket-sponsored candidates include:
Rep. Jim Ryun for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District
State Treasurer Sarah Steelman for Missouri Governor
State Rep. Dr. Bob Onder for Missouri’s 9th District
Make sure you head out to vote! I’ll have results posted as they become available.
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Dr. Bob Onder is a new addition here at Down the Ticket. The state representative is one of the many Republicans seeking to replace Rep. Kenny Hulshof as the U.S. Representative from Missouri’s 9th District. One of the things that drew me to his campaign was his strong stance against amnesty for illegal aliens (video at the link):
[Dr. Bob] Onder said on Monday that he defined amnesty as “allowing illegal aliens to participate in federal guest worker programs without first returning their native country.”
“Starting from his own premise that we need illegal immigrants for our workforce, Blaine has proposed a program allowing illegal aliens to obtain work visas with the hopes of eventually joining a guest worker program or becoming U.S. citizens,” said Onder spokesman Jay Barnes. “Turning a blind eye toward lawbreakers and inviting illegal immigrants to take jobs when our economy is struggling is not consistent with the values of the people of the Ninth District.”
Make sure you head to the link to see a very, shall we say, nuanced position on amnesty from one of Dr. Onder’s opponents. It is important that we have Congressman like Dr. Bob Onder in Congress over the next four years to protect us from more presidential plans (by a President Obama or a President McCain) to grant amnesty.
If you are in Missouri’s 9th District, make sure you vote for Dr. Bob Onder in today’s GOP primary!!
You can also donate to Dr. Bob Onder’s campaign here.
Sarah Steelman is counting on Missouri’s recent legislation backing ethanol mandates to gain an advantage on Rep. Kenny Hulshof in Tuesdays GOP gubernatorial primary:
In recent weeks, Steelman has played up one key difference between the candidates. Blunt and the Republican-led Missouri Legislature pushed through a requirement that nearly every gallon of gasoline contain 10 percent ethanol, a biofuel made of corn. Hulshof, who is also a corn farmer, supports the mandate. Steelman initially supported the requirement but now says government mandates often drive up prices.
The injection of the ethanol issue late in the campaign has everything to do with Missouri’s political geography. To win a statewide GOP primary, a candidate must snare a majority of votes from the St. Louis and Kansas City suburbs, the rural middle of the state and southern Missouri, which includes the vast Lake of the Ozarks recreation area.
Hulshof is best known in his northeast and central Missouri congressional district, which includes many corn farmers. Steelman’s base of support is southern Missouri, where there are more farmers raising livestock than growing crops who are paying high prices for corn in part because of the demand created by the increase in ethanol production.
Ethanol is wasteful, and diverts resources from needy populations while causing feed prices to rise on livestock farms. If this article says anything, it’s that Sarah Steelman understands what it means to be fiscally responsible, while Rep. Kenny Hulshof is just going through the motions.
You can donate to Sarah Steelman’s campaign here. If you a in Missouri, make sure to head out to the polls Tuesday and vote for Sarah Steelman.