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A candidate with morals, integrity

Published on -8/3/2014, 11:43 AM

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A candidate with morals, integrity

If you believe that Rep. Tim Huelskamp is an honest, principled family values candidate, you should really reconsider. Perhaps he got into politics with the intention to fight the corruption and the lies of politicians. However, in his 18 years as a career politician, he completely has become the thing he once railed against. His recent smear campaign against his challenger, Alan LaPolice, demonstrates a lack of integrity and morality.

LaPolice, after graduation from a Kansas high school, volunteered to join the U.S. Army. This infantryman voted by military absentee ballot while fighting for us in the first Gulf War. Misrepresenting his vote as never voting in Kansas is just one of the untruths or half-truths in the 10 attacks launched by the incumbent.

Even if the information were true, why would someone honorable choose to stoop to such ugly and dishonorable tactics? Why would he have it come from his campaign manager? If the incumbent truly was fighting the good fight, why wouldn't he maintain his moral authority over the campaign?

The truth is Huelskamp has lost his way. He has succumbed to all that is wrong with government. He has positioned himself as a peddler of fear and hatred, two of the ugliest, most un-Christian vices.

In his 245 town-hall meetings, all paid for at taxpayer expense, the congressman never has offered a single solution. He never has stated specifically what it is he is doing to fix our problems.

Huelskamp blames everything on others, including establishment Republicans, Speaker John Boehner, Eric Cantor and every other member of Congress. Again, this seems to be the most un-Christian behavior in someone who claims to hold strong religious beliefs. Where in the Bible does it say attack everyone, blame everyone as if you were an island separate and apart?

In looking at Huelskamp's votes, he has become a purely political double-speaker. While he claims to have helped pass the Veteran's Accountability Act last month, what he doesn't acknowledge is he took a present, but not voting on it.

Huelskamp has one of the highest attendance scores in the house, yet on this extremely important piece of legislation to protect our veterans he claims to have co-authored, he chose not to vote at all and later claim he helped pass it.

On the Farm Bill, although Huelskamp claims to vote no because of the Food Stamp program, he cannot address why he voted no July 11, 2013, for a Farm Bill with zero Food Stamp dollars.

On the highway fund, something every politician needed to address because it was their lack of action that led to its insolvency, he was one of the few who voted no. They all knew it must pass or every state would lose this most vital revenue, but our congressman played politics and let others do the work so he could go home and claim to never compromise.

The Water Resources Act from two months ago was a vital bill for every state and purely because Heritage Action told him to, he voted no on it. Only four members of the entire house voted no, and they all did it to serve Heritage and Heritage alone to keep their ratings high with this no-compromise organization. The list goes on.

Huelskamp has become the best (or perhaps worst) player of the political game, all in an effort to maintain his position of authority. And what does he do with that position?

As reported in the Garden City Telegram, he uses his power to threaten prominent farmers and business leaders. According to the Telegram, following a debate July 2, the congressman told an executive of a local ethanol plant he was going to "make (him) pay when he gets back to D.C." When he gets back to D.C., the place he claims to hate so much, that has become his center of power and oppression.

He goes on to threaten to introduce bills that could destroy the entire renewable fuels industry in Kansas, increased energy production which has become an economic boost in our state and helps maintain American energy security. It is an industry many of his constituents have asked him to protect.

Again, perhaps he didn't start out this way, but Huelskamp certainly has become a danger to the republic, and a D.C. elitist who will use his power against anyone and everyone who stands in his way.

We need to rectify this. We truly need a change towards the positive, and it starts by sending a leader who will serve with honor, integrity and respect to make the government work for us.

It starts by standing up against the political system. Vote on Tuesday for a positive change. Vote in the Big First Republican primary to send LaPolice to Congress.

Kent Roth,

Ellinwood

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