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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

DeLay is in

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Here's Gunner DeLay's announcement for Third District Congress. You've heard it all before from all the other Republican candidates.

(Here's a place to mention a kind word for Rogers Mayor Steve Womack. If I read it correctly, Womack alone among a group of GOP zanies at a candidate forum said flatly that he wasn't ready to seek a law change to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to aliens.)

ACTUALLY: If you want something different, there is a Democrat in the race, David Whitaker of Fayetteville, whose announcement follows DeLay's on the jump.


Ft. Smith – On Wednesday, former State Senator & prosecutor, Gunner DeLay entered the race for the 3rd District Congressional seat being vacated by Congressman John Boozman.  DeLay hit the ground running, launching his announcement tour on the campus of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, early Wednesday morning, with stops in his home town of Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista and wrapping up in Harrison at 6pm.
“Part of the problem with Washington, is that our representatives have forgotten who they work for.  Gunner looks at this campaign as a job interview, to work for the taxpayers and to fully answer all questions they have,” DeLay press secretary Michael Goessling stated.
At each stop, DeLay hit what are sure to be core issues in his campaign, reducing out of control government spending, creating jobs through less taxation and less regulation, providing a strong national defense, and securing our nation’s borders. 
In regard to the national debt DeLay commented, “Congress is spending money like irresponsible teenagers - writing checks they can’t afford to cash.  As you’re your Congressman, I will work tirelessly to pass a balanced budget amendment with line item veto power for the president.” 
DeLay explained such an amendment would eliminate wasteful earmarks that cost taxpayers billions. 
On national defense, DeLay remarked that, “we don’t need to treat terrorists like criminals, they are enemy combatants.  They need to be interrogated, tried by a military court, and they should never be held on American soil.” 
DeLay concluded by stating that the Third District needs more than a congressman that just votes right.  “We need a strong voice for conservative values, putting taxpayers first,” said DeLay. 
DeLay served in the Arkansas State Legislature from 1995-1999 and in the Arkansas State Senate from 1999-2003.  He was appointed in 2007 to a term as Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney.  DeLay, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, lives in Ft. Smith with his wife Robin and their four children.


FAYETTEVILLE —Air Force veteran and former Fayetteville Assistant City Attorney David Whitaker announced today that he will be officially filing his paperwork to run for Congress on Monday, March 1 at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.  

"We are looking forward to getting this election officially underway and securing the Democratic nomination," Whitaker said.  
After the entry of at least seven Republicans into the primary race, Whitaker still stands alone as the sole candidate seeking the Democratic nomination. The response across the district to the Whitaker for Congress campaign has reinforced the fact that Democrats and Independents of the Third District want a candidate who is willing and able to work toward smarter job programs and a better economy for small businesses. The campaign is built on the foundation of making sure the revitalization of the American economy continues unabated and that financial recovery applies to all citizens and to all corners of
Arkansas. The Republicans who have announced offer a continuation of John Boozman's legacy of inaction and unimportance for the district. 
Rep. John Boozman has announced he will not run for re-election.

"Voters in Yellville, Ozark, Van Buren and Clarksville — all across the 3rd District —need someone who can get things done at the federal level,” Whitaker remarked on the Republican field. "They don't want another representative who will go to Washington with an attitude of no power, no leverage, and no ability to pass legislation." 

About Whitaker for Congress:
David Whitaker will put an end to business as usual. He will use his lifetime of leadership and public service to put the needs, hopes, and dreams of Arkansans first. What began in October as a campaign with no money, no staff and a couple of second-hand desks in the spare room of the Whitaker home has turned into a broad neighbor-to-neighbor campaign of progress for Arkansas.  From the very beginning, Whitaker for Congress has been based on a notion as old as the Republic itself – that an ordinary citizen could go to Congress and represent the people in our neighborhoods and towns, and put their needs, hopes and dreams first. 



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