I don’t often campaign for people. In fact, I’ve only ever done it for two people in my entire life (short, though it may have been so far). When I lived in Wheaton, I worked for Peter Roskam’s first campaign, and he’s turned out to be a very good Congressman. When I moved to Naperville, I really wasn’t excited about my representative, Judy Biggert, so I’ve never worked for her.
This cycle, however, there is one candidate that I was excited to work for: Randy Hultgren. I can’t vote for him, because he’s running in the 14th Congressional District (the subject of many tears, and don’t think that I haven’t considered moving just so I could be in his district), but this man is the real thing.
He’s pretty much me, if I were to run for Congress. He’s spent 12 years in the Illinois legislature, and is a man of faith and a friend of life. He’s committed to strong family values (I’ve heard that he home-schools his kids, and that’s a requirement, in my mind, for having strong family values). He believes in limited government, fiscal responsibility and the entrepreneurial spirit of America. He has a strong record from the Illinois legislature, and believes in the things that I believe in. He has kept his word to the people that he’s represented.
His opponent, Bill Foster, doesn’t hold the same values. When asked about his faith, he said that he believes in a higher being, but isn’t affiliated with any faith group. To me, that’s just an atheist pandering to people because he doesn’t believe that he could get enough votes without believing in a “higher being.” So, he’s not a person of faith. His actions also show that he’s a fan of expanded government and increased federal debt. He voted for each “stimulus” plan, including $60B in 2008, the bailout of GM and Chrysler, $825B in January 2009, and $192B in July 2009. That’s over $1 trillion that he voted for, and that was before he voted for the healthcare disaster (a topic about which I will be writing about separately), which added another $1 trillion to our tax/debt burden.
If you live in the 14th Congressional District, please vote for Randy Hultgren on November 2nd, because we need leaders of integrity whose life and actions match their words and promises.
Better yet, go vote early (here’s a list of early voting locations for DuPage County and Kane County). You can vote early through Thursday. If you need more information about Randy, you can visit his website at http://www.hultgrenforcongress.com.