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Democracy is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it will atrophy.

CHARLES DUMAS FOR CONGRESS

Democracy is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it will atrophy. I am running for Congress because I believe that the incumbent was not representing our best interests. Congressman Thompson, is an honorable man, who stepped up to be a public servant at a critical time in our country’s history.

When he was first elected four years ago we were in the worst recession of our lifetime, headed toward a depression, as a result of the policies of President Bush’s administration. The net worth of middle class America had declined forty percent seemingly overnight. Our auto industry was about to disintegrate taking thousands of jobs with it. Major financial institutions were in shambles. Our country was involved in two major wars. Our public schools and colleges and teachers were under siege. Organized labor was under attack.

Fortunately the country elected President Obama and a Democratic controlled Congress. They began to set the ship right. They saved the auto industry and the financial institutions, ended one war and are winding down another.  They established the framework for universal health care. They invested in developing a sound energy policy, which rests on renewable, sustainable energy sources.

Two years later the country elected a Republican controlled Congress, which committed itself to one primary agenda, to defeat the President of the United States and his policies. My opponent was part of that process. He twice supported the Ryan Plan. He was part of the fiasco of voting 33 times to rescind the Affordable Health Care Act when there was no chance it could pass the Senate or be signed by the President. He voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which mandates equal pay for equal work for women workers. Congressman Thompson voted with his Tea Party led Republican Party over 91 % of the time

This election is a referendum on President Obama, whether we should continue to move forward or go back to the disastrous policies of the Bush administration. But, it is also a referendum on the record of Congressman Thompson, a good and honorable man, but one who has put the policies of his party above the interests of the people he represents. If elected I promise to work with the President, other Democrats and Republicans to seek solutions for the challenges which face our community. Fellow Citizens it is in your hands. Please exercise your rights – vote next Tuesday.

 

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