In my nine years in the Colorado legislature I have had many opportunities to take the easy way out and leave the hard fight for someone else. That has never been my style. I have been tenaciously introducing bills year after year to go after the big issues, and my ideas are slowly taking root. I have pushed for a rainy-day fund, fought to keep the integrity of the Tax Payers Bill of Rights, argued for Medicaid reform, introduced alternatives to our crippling education costs, stood up to protect traditional marriage and the lives of the unborn, and daily fought the insidious growth and power of government over the everyday lives of citizens. Lobbyists have learned that on core issues they shouldn't waste their time trying to influence my vote.
I will bring this same backbone to Washington, along with a solid set of core values to sift any potential legislation through. Issues may come and go, but our values never change, and you can know that I will never back down in protecting your freedoms. I believe that governments are instituted among men to protect their inalienable, God-given rights, and that our government was designed for the power to come from the bottom up, not the top down.
I also do my best to listen to my constituents, and when they come to me with a problem I do what I can to help. Just in the past few weeks I have spoken with a mother whose son has been in and out of jail and needed some encouragement, I assisted a number of small businesses to recover their property, and I worked with a family denied Medicaid payments. One of my first priorities if elected to Congress will be to put in place staff persons who are highly responsive to the needs of people in my district.