Our first response was from the campaign of Dave Sitton. We are publishing his campaigns response in it's entirety.
I believe that my candidate Dave Sitton best represents Tea Party values in the following ways (Provided by Trent Humphries):
One of my favorite lines I hear from politicians is the line "I am not a politician." If your entire existence in a community has consisted of running for office and if most of the people you know or spend time with are connected to you through politics, you ARE a politician. This was what intrigued me about Dave Sitton. He actually isn't a politician, and he's the type of person we lament "never runs for office." Dave is willing to leave behind a very solid career that he has carefully crafted over many decades not because he is looking for an upgrade in employment, but because he believes in American ideals and wishes to fervently protect those values for future generations. He is a conservative with deep ties to our local community. Dave has given untold amounts of his time to local charities and organizations in order to make our community stronger. Most importantly, however, is that Dave brings new constituencies into the conservative tent. Part of the struggle that we conservatives have had in taking CD 8 is activating the business community in southern Arizona. With a growing list of 200 individual businesses endorsing Dave, and the ability to raise money locally, he begins to solve this issue. We will need every advantage to beat Ron Barber and win in both CD 8 and CD2. Dave is the only candidate I have heard even address the fact this race is with Ron Barber, the only one to adress the issues on a point-by-point basis, and the only one I have seen develop solutions locally by listening to and serving the people he would represent for any amount of time before offering to be their representative. This is a pretty easy choice for me. Dave is the kind of candidate we need and will represent us all very well in this upcoming special election.
2.Question: Will you, if elected, pledge to not vote to increase taxes, or other forms of revenue enhancement in your first term in office? (If yes, please explain. If no, please explain)
Here is the promise that I will make. I will take every opportunity to remove the graft and favoritism out of the tax code by making it flatter and fairer. It has been demonstrated that the tax code and economy work best when a larger percentage of people are paying a lower rate of taxes. Sometimes, however, it is easy to get "stuck on stupid" when it comes to renovating the tax code. For instance, removing unneeded subsidies, such as ethanol, is technically "raising taxes." I'm not going to get trapped by silly semantics when it comes to restoring free enterprise and removing Government interference from our economy. I will fight to trade "boutique" deductions meant to favor certain politically-connected industries and groups for real, substantial tax rate reductions that apply to everyone equally. Corruption and influence-peddling have contributed to the tens of thousands of pages contained in the tax code today, and if we hope to set this country and economy back on the right track, those "exceptions" will need to be clawed back out, kicking and screaming, and replaced with common-sense, universally lower rates. This may not be popular with some, but it is a stand that I intend to take.
3.How do you propose to solve the looming fiscal crisis we, as a nation, are facing?
Over the short term, we need to move toward normalizing energy production. High fuel and energy prices are squeezing business from every angle and will swallow any type of recovery that American business is trying to manufacture. The easiest way to do this, is to simply move the federal government out of an adversarial role with the traditional energy sectors. If we stop punishing energy production at every turn, and free up private capitol to meet needs, the energy problems and prices would likely solve themselves. Alternative and "green" energy advances are needed and welcome, but not at the current "crony" subsidization rate favored by the administration.
Next the American business owner needs to be given a level of confidence and security that the rules that they operate under will not be constantly upset and adversely modified on a month-to-month basis. Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with real reform that allows health care choices to be managed by doctors and patients first. The tax code needs to be thrown out with permanent changes to make it flatter and fairer. Changes in regulations need to be initiated in Congress and not brought about by unelected bureaucrats operating on whims and unaccountable to the American public.
Finally, the federal government needs to focus on cleaning up its own house, rather than micromanaging those who will ensure the continuing greatness of America. The trillion dollar deficits need to be brought to heel, and government needs to re-prioritize its spending based upon constitutional limits. A hard discussion about the realities of our existing entitlements has to take place, so those who have invested in the system can be guaranteed security without bankrupting coming generations. There is more than enough work here to keep lawmakers out of the business of creating new roadblocks, rewarding political cronies, and passing mandates on to the private sector for decades at the least.
We will be posting Jesse Kelly's response in an email to you tomorrow.
Tucson Tea Party