The campaign has had a very busy start to the New Year!
Town Halls Begin
Direct engagement with concerned citizens should be the foundation of every campaign. Accordingly, we have launched a series of town halls to be held throughout the 13th District. In the next two months leading up to the primary, we will hold a town hall in each county in the district at least once.
Last week, we held our first two events in Litchfield and Monticello. Citizens asked questions on topics ranging from the debt ceiling, powers afforded to administrative agencies, and protection of religious freedoms. Given the bitterly cold weather we experienced, it was inspiring to see so many people come out to the events to share their concerns regarding the challenges facing our country. This week, we will hold town halls in Jerseyville and Hardin. Additional information regarding those town halls and our other scheduled forums can be found on our website.
Voters’ participation in last week’s town halls showed that they value substantive discussions on the important issues at stake in this election. Unfortunately, we have gone a year without any open town halls from our incumbent congressman, and he refuses to participate in debates with me. This does a disservice to the voters who want a responsive representative and the Republican party that needs a candidate who can persuasively communicate our principles in the general election.
The budget deal that was crafted in December fell short in many ways. It reduced the bipartisan savings that the previous Congress already had passed and pushed most of the spending cuts far into the future where they are likely to also be undone. But the most disturbing aspect of the deal was the shortchanging of pension benefits for many of our veterans, including those who are disabled and unable to work. My opponent voted for those cuts, defended them in the news, wrongly claimed that they would not apply to wounded veterans, and then began backpedaling from the cuts a week later. I wrote a letter to the editor expressing my disappointment in his vote. To target veterans for these reductions while leaving all other federal employees untouched is unacceptable.
In the News
Forbes recently featured our campaign in an article regarding conservative women who are overcoming stereotypes and the old image of what it means to be a Republican.
There has been a lot of volunteer activity occurring already in the campaign, but much more will be happening over the next ten weeks. If you haven’t already signed up to let us know how you can help, please go to our website now and let us know. One of our dedicated volunteers recorded a short video of her thoughts on helping with the campaign. Thank you to Val and all our incredible volunteers for all you’re doing to help propel us to victory in March and November!