Nothing in our Constitution addresses political parties or partisanship. However, over the past 30 years, both political parties have presented partisanship as the only operating paradigm. Our government has become less representative because that's what BOTH parties want. They fight for campaign dollars instead of votes, then use those dollars to manipulate opinion and frighten voters into supporting their "side." This was not what the founders envisioned for our grand republic.
I am running a true grassroots campaign. I have a small staff of volunteers who believe in our cause. Instead of the obscene sums of special interest money the major parties prize, our war chest consists of our volunteers' time and work. We are committed to fight for a government that represents the values and the interests of the people who live, work, and own businesses in California's 4th congressional district and the United States of America.
My hope is that the 112th Congress should have several members whose objective is a government for, of, and by the people. I hope to find common ground with members who aren't afraid to use the power of government to restrict the impact that money has on our representative republic. I will work to influence others in Congress to pull our elections off the "open market" and instead make them publicly financed. Not only will we bring about an improved, transparent, and representative government, we will also achieve significant savings by ending the cycle of money going from elections to earmarked, pork barrel legislation and back again to the next to the election.
I want to personally thank you for your interest and support of our cause and campaign. Our country has faced crucial tests in the past, and while it was not always fast or easy, in each circumstance Americans have rallied. I believe we have it within ourselves to rally again. I believe we can create a government that represents the people instead of representing the benefactors of the political parties. I believe, with your help and support, we can make a difference in Washington.