My opponent in the primary likes to play dirty. I realize as a female and a former pastor/missionary, he assumes I can't take a hit or swing back. As such, I also did not intend to start a boxing match. I learned something at the endorsing convention, though. I have to tell the voters exactly what my opponent's tactics are so that you have all the information. And there’s something as a journalist that I love to do—tell it like it is, reveal the facts, and let you decide.
Why has my opponent consistently called me less conservative than himself without any basis? When I approached him about the matter, he claimed it was his opinion, a matter of subjectivity--based on no facts. However, to the audiences at conventions, he's stated it as fact. And even now, he continues to share this with newspapers. I was nominated by the local Republican party without reservation, and you can't get nominated if you're not conservative. Truly, when we're measuring conservatism, I'd like to know what he's basing his opinions on. Perhaps that I'm a female candidate? We don't expect that always from the conservative side. Currently there are 19 Republican women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He claimed at our convention he was the "only Constitutional-Conservative". It is disgusting to me how there would be anyone in the Republican party to accuse a candidate of not being Constitutional when this is the very fabric of the Republican platform. He claimed it had to do with a particular platform he adheres to. So what is this platform he was referring to? Not of the Republican Party but an independent party which is actually called the Constitutionalist Party. His entire stance of what he wants to do with government is a copy of the Constitutionalist Party platform. He does state all over his social media presence that he is a Constitutionalist. To many of us Republicans, this is more of an adjective. We are all Constitutionalists in the Republican Party. In the paper, he states he is a "strict Constitutional Conservative". My opponent, however, doesn’t call himself Republican—careful with the misleading point that he is “Republican Endorsed”. So yes, he is the only Constitutionalist Party member.
Now, his wife calls me, a former pastor, unethical with more distortions in an effort to call my opponent a man of integrity. As someone who has written many news stories and a book about socialized medicine, I am used to quadruple-checking my facts before publishing. I am extremely conscientious not to spread misinformation. In journalism, this is what I am known for-- telling the truth. To me, gossip is a sin. Spreading lies is wrong. Telling a false story for political gain as you seek to gain the trust of the people is absolutely unacceptable to me. I realize it has always been done, but that is why we are in the mess we are in. A government of the people and by the people cannot really be of and by a people when we get incorrect information.
I hope that you consider this as you vote in the August 9 Primary and in November. I will tell you the facts and the truth. My opponent consistently says whatever he can to smear me and my wonderful team and irresponsibly tells the news and his followers baseless and untrue statements about us that have obviously never run through a fact-check.