People outside of my congressional district always ask me what it’s like to be running as a conservative in such a heavily blue district. The reality is District 25 isn’t as blue as people think. In fact, it encompasses a large swath of rural and suburban voters, stretching over parts of eight Texas counties. Sure, the heart of the district is the southern half of Austin, and it’s true that Austin hasn’t voted for a Republican in a presidential election since, well … I’m not sure it’s happened in my lifetime.
But even in Austin, I have a secret weapon. It’s a nine word sentence that sends shivers down the spines of independent voters and even some Democrats, contorting their face as if they just jumped into the frigid 67 degree water of our beloved Barton Springs. Those nine words are: Nancy Pelosi is third in line for the presidency.
A vote for any Democrat in U.S. Congress is a vote to keep Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. This is the same Nancy Pelosi who said we have to pass bills before we can know what’s in them. This is the same Nancy Pelosi who said extending unemployment benefits creates jobs. And yes, this is the same Nancy Pelosi who just last week called for investigating Americans who are opposed to building the mosque at Ground Zero.
That’s not the exactly the strong defense of civil rights most Austinites expect from their elected leaders, Democrat or Republican. Should I stop to talk to one of these freedom-loving citizens, this might be a good time to remind them that our current representative, Lloyd Doggett, has voted with Speaker Pelosi 98% of the time. During his sixteen years in Washington, the national debt has increased by nearly nine trillion dollars. That makes your household’s share of money owed around $46,000. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Doggett would like to know if you prefer your tax hikes to start this year or the next.
I might also point out that a large portion of Lloyd Doggett’s three million dollar war chest was raised by entrenched special interests inside the beltway, while most of my contributions have come from individuals living in and around Austin. In essence, the race in District 25 is a choice between a working mom and a career politician. I’m a hands-on doctor and he’s a millionaire trial lawyer. Whom do you trust to make the best decisions for you, your family, and your family’s health care? Whom do you trust to restore power to the people?