Taylor Brings Central Texas Bid For Congress To Midland
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Arriving in Midland today for a congressional campaign fundraiser at his parents' home, Tall City native Van Taylor of West expects a rough-and-tumble political brawl against Democratic incumbent Congressman Chet Edwards of Waco in the Nov. 7 general election.
"It's going to be very hard-fought," he said Wednesday. "Edwards has repeatedly attacked me on a variety of fronts, so I am prepared for what will unquestionably be an onslaught of negative tactics."
Having defeated Calvert attorney Tucker Anderson in the March 7 Republican primary, Taylor promised not to "go negative" but continue a positive race in the 17th Congressional District's 14 counties.
With infant daughters Laura and Helen, he and his wife Anne will attend the fund raiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the 1203 Saddle Club Dr. home of his father Nick and step-mother Liz. "The 17th is the most Republican district in the country still represented by a Democrat," Taylor said.
When asked what benefits he derived from the primary, he said, "I learned that people respond well to a positive campaign.
"I'm concerned about our country and I want to be an effective voice for faith, families and freedom. I don't want to give an America to my little girls that is over-run by illegal aliens, under attack from terrorism and swimming in federal red ink.
"These problems can be solved with good leadership and we need to send people to Washington to provide that leadership."
Taylor is a 33-year-old Marine Corps Reserve major who won the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for valor, Combat Action Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation for service in Iraq. He led missions behind enemy lines with Marine Task Force Tarawa and helped rescue 31 men during a counter attack by several thousand Iraqi soldiers, among other actions.
"This country is worth fighting for," he said. "We have a special way of life and I'm prepared to defend it to my last breath."
Eight other Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans seek federal office this year, including Senate candidates Hiram Lewis of West Virginia, a Republican, and Ohio Democrat Paul Hackett. Congressional hopefuls are Democrats David Ashe of Virginia, Andrew Duck of Maryland, Tim Dunn of North Carolina, Patrick Murphy and Bryan Lentz of Pennsylvania and Tim Walz of Minnesota.
Taylor said Midlanders have responded with volunteer work in addition to money. "We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from Midland," he said.