During my time in Congress, I consistently fought for lower taxes, balanced budgets, and protecting our conservative values. After my first term, I grew disheartened with many of my colleagues - especially my own party leadership - for failing to stay committed to the conservative principles that got us elected, like cutting spending and reducing our national debt.
Thinking that the economy would continue to grow forever, these leaders failed to make balancing the budget and limiting the growth of government top priorities. Instead of working against President Bill Clinton's big government agenda, many Republicans like Speaker Gingrich appeared to start working closer and closer with the Clinton administration.
That was when I knew I was going to have to say enough is enough and stand up and do the right thing. On November 5, 1998, I went on national television and demanded that my leader, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, relinquish his position. Five days later, Gingrich stepped down.
Joining me in this effort were around a dozen other courageous members of Congress - including NFL Hall of Famer and former Congressman Steve Largent (R-OK), former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-FL), and former Congressman and current Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). We weren't afraid to stand up to leaders from either party - even Republican leadership.
The rest is history. I honored my term limit pledge and came home. Gingrich went on to help Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi supporting Cap and Trade policies. Gingrich ran for President supporting the same way of doing things in Washington - and failed.
Now, after all these years, I'm still standing up against Newt Gingrich's failed ideas.
In what shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, Gingrich has endorsed my opponent. Nearly 14 years after leading the charge for his resignation, Gingrich hasn't changed a bit. He wants more of the same. He wants a candidate who describes himself as a, "conservative incrementalist." Gingrich is more comfortable with a candidate who was voted a "Friend of Big Government" for his record in the Arizona legislature.
In traveling around this district, I know that the voters want something different. They want proven conservative leaders who are willing to stand up to both Democrats and Republicans - anyone who wants to increase spending and raise taxes. The voters I meet want someone with a proven track record of balancing budgets, lowering taxes, cutting the size of government, and most especially, keeping their word.
I am proud to be endorsed by conservative icons like Senator Tom Coburn, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator John Thune, Senator Mike Lee and conservative organizations like Club for Growth and Citizens United. I'm also proud to have the support from our state's courageous leader, Governor Jan Brewer and local leaders like Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek).
I have stood up to people like Gingrich before, and I am ready and willing to do it again.
Despite my opponent's campaign of distortions and untruthful accusations, I know you know my track record and my willingness to always keep my word; I hope I can count on your vote for Congress.