Last week, I was in Latrobe, Pa., for an event in support of Tim Burns, who is the Republican candidate for the May 18 PA-12 special election to fill the seat vacated by the passing of Jack Murtha.
What I learned there makes it clear that this special election is a huge opportunity.
In fact, in Tim Burns I believe we have a chance to win an upset election that will reverberate through the country much like the election of Scott Brown did in January.
I encourage you to visit www.timburnsforcongress.com to donate to his campaign and find other ways you can help.
Here is why I think this race is so important. Speaking to the event attendees and learning more about the dynamics of the race, it became clear how much this election can be seen as a preview for the elections in November.
PA-12 is a Democratic district, but it is also very rural and culturally conservative. While it had overwhelmingly elected Democrat Jack Murtha for decades, it has rapidly turned against the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine:
• President Obama’s favorability ratings are “upside down:” 42% approve to 57% disapprove;
• The Democratic Congress’ ratings are worse: 33% approve to 65% disapprove;
• The Democrats’ health plan has only 30% approval. 64% disapprove;
• With the coal industry important to western Pennsylvania, the cap and trade energy tax is unpopular as well.
Tim Burns is even polling ahead on the issue of earmarks, a remarkable fact considering that Jack Murtha was a vocal defender of using federal tax dollars for projects in his district. Burns has promised to end earmarks and voters are with him 50-42.
The Democratic Trap This November
Tim Burns’ opponent, Democrat Mark Critz, a former staff member of Jack Murtha, has been put in a nearly impossible situation.
He cannot support the policies his party is pushing so he has run ads saying he opposes
Obamacare, is pro-life, pro-gun and that “that’s not liberal.” He even (eventually) came out against the left’s energy tax, despite working to pass it as a congressional staffer.
However, Critz also has to raise money; and to do so, needs the national Democratic leaders that are pushing the job killing policies his district opposes. So he’s taking money from Nancy Pelosi, who hosted an event for Critz in Washington, D.C., and appeared at campaign events with Vice President Joe Biden, who last week came to the district to support Critz.
Imagine trying to position yourself as opposed to Obamacare and a friend of the coal industry while surrounding yourself with anti-coal Democratic leaders who spent the last year ramming Obamacare down our throats.
Critz’s challenge is the same all Democrats will face this fall. As they try to distance themselves from the job killing policies of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine, they will still need to rely on the fundraising and publicity-generating capacity of the national Democratic leaders responsible for pushing and passing those deeply unpopular policies.
They Can Run, But Will We Let Them Hide?
Tim Burns’ opponent hopes he can get away with this sleight of hand, taking the left’s money one day to pay for ads claiming he’s not one of them the next. It is the same trick hundreds of Democrats will be trying this fall. The only question is whether common sense Americans, who are sick of the radicalism of this administration, are willing to let them get away with it.
Tim Burns is a small businessman who knows what it takes to create jobs and who opposes the job killing policies of the left. He supports an “all of the above” energy plan that would use American energy resources to break our reliance on foreign oil and common sense health reform once Obamacare is repealed. His passion is stopping the out-of-control spending in Washington that will saddle his two children with debt for the rest of their lives.
Polls are showing a tight race but they reveal that Burns’ supporters are much more committed to his victory than those of his opponent. Voters who rank their interest in the race between an 8 and 10 (on a 1-10 scale) prefer Burns 49-40.
Where Burns (and many Republicans) will be this fall is at a disadvantage in resources.
That’s where you can come in.
The PA-12 special election on May 18 has all the characteristics of becoming a nationalized race, much the way Scott Brown’s Senate race did in January.
You can help build the energy needed to win another upset victory by donating personally and by spreading the word about the importance of this race using e-mail, facebook, twitter and more.
I encourage you to visit www.timburnsforcongress.com today to find out how to help.
Congressman Jordan’s Bill (Economic Freedom Act)
Another essential ingredient for conservative victory this fall will be vivid, “bold color” alternative policies for America’s most pressing challenges.
In 1994, we achieved this with the Contract with America, a set of ten reforms that were real bills with real legislative language Republicans could point to during their campaigns.
Today, at American Solutions, we are working to develop the right policies to build a safe, prosperous, and free America.
I’ve talked about the “Jobs First” plan in this newsletter before. It’s an economic growth plan that includes five major tax changes that would reward job creation, entrepreneurship, savings and investment.
1) Eliminate the capital gains tax.
2) Reduce the corporate tax rate to 12.5%.
3) Permanently eliminate the death tax.
4) Provide immediate business expensing.
5) Reduce the payroll tax by half for 2010.
6) Repeal the “stimulus” spending (except for unemployment benefits and the tax cuts).
7) Terminate the TARP program.
This type of “bold color, no pale pastel” alternative to the tax and spend policies of the left is exactly the type of leadership that is needed to get America’s job creation engine running again.
Congressman Jordan deserves praise for his leadership.
Newt’s Quick Links
• Callista and I have enjoyed talking to Governor Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Mike Gallagher and others about our new documentary, Nine Days that Changed the World. Visit GingrichProductions.com to watch and listen to our interviews now.
• You may have read last week about a Health and Human Services report that confirmed what we all knew: Obamacare will raise the cost of healthcare, not lower it. What you may not have heard is that the White House may have withheld the report until after the bill’s passage. Read here.
• Last week, American Solutions emailed over 17,000 of our members in South Carolina asking them to call Senator Lindsey Graham and encourage him to withdraw his support for the left’s gas tax bill. Over the weekend, Graham withdrew his support. Whatever his reason, we are grateful the Senator has decided to stand with the American people against higher energy prices. Read more here.
• The Americano has a briefing on the volatile situation in Nicaragua.
• While emerging adults have been thoroughly indoctrinated in postmodernism, multiculturalism, and moral relativism, there are truths about life they cannot avoid. Dr. James Tonkowich explains the dilemma in his piece posted at Renewing American Leadership. You can read it here.
• Newt.org has been redesigned! Check it out here.
Sign up to the Human Events newsletter