I am posting this on here on behalf of Ray McKinney:
There are those who suggest that somehow my previously running for Vice President and President should somehow disqualify me from seeking office. I’d like to address that issue directly.
I used to be one of those people who didn’t pay attention to politics. I would vote in general elections, but by and large, I felt that politicians existed in a world of their own creation.
Last year I finally had enough! I had enough of the partisan fighting, enough of our politicians using our military as pawns, enough of Washington doing nothing about immigration, no energy policy, a bloated tax policy, and enough of the waste and corruption! In fact, hearing Hillary Clinton go on about how the GOP had forgotten about the middle class was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Last April, I decided to find the biggest soapbox I could find. I decided to run for Vice President. Yes, you read that correct, Vice President. I wanted to find a way try to get our politicians to take notice that millions of us are not being represented and that politics as usual are failing our country.
Obviously, I know that we do not elect the Vice President; however, politics as usual has failed us to such a degree that just the mere mentioning of running for the office caught people’s attention. Finally in April, I filed to run for President.
No one asked me to do it. I was one man trying to make a difference! Some would say that’s crazy. Of course I knew that I couldn’t win, but that wasn’t the point. The point was to try and wake up our party to the real issues that are affecting our daily lives and impacting us all in how we go about our routines. As the message began to resonate through the internet, many people back home asked me to consider something more realistic, like running for Congress. I was being put to the test of making my own words reality.
In November, I began my grassroots campaign for the Republican nomination in the 12th District. I have walked over 450 miles throughout all 22 counties and visited with many of you and your neighbors. Most folks have related to me that they too are fed up with how things are in Washington. It is obvious that people are hungry for change, but they deserve the RIGHT change.
We have a real opportunity to win the 12th District Congressional seat thanks in large part to the tough primary that the incumbent will face. It is critical that we nominate someone from this district who is capable of standing up for our beliefs and values against either Democrat in November and taking those principles to Congress.
What we have going on now is a travesty to the democratic process. There are those out there who are paid by special interests and the status quo who are threatened by the mere idea that someone new to the process could possibly run for office. That mentality is destructive to the future and prosperity of the Republican Party. Has our party become so arrogant that we only allow people who are card carrying members of the status quo politics as usual crowd to run for office? Simply put, the answer is no and the campaigns of my opponents know better.
I’d like to address some of the other issues that have recently been raised on this blog. Divorce is a horrible thing. I pray for my opponent during this trying personal situation. That is why I had my campaign manager reach out to them and assure them we weren’t going to touch the issue and we didn’t and we will not. This is a matter for my opponent to handle with his wife.
As well, yes, it is somewhat trivial as to whether or not a campaign has or doesn’t have the required disclosure on their campaign signs (in this case doesn’t have). However, if we are going to be able to take our values and vision to Washington as opposed to the failed policies of the left, we ALL have to AT LEAST abide by the rules in getting elected.
And while it isn’t a requirement to live in the district in which you want to represent, it is somewhat odd that someone runs for Congress without being a registered voter in the state they want to represent for the first 6 months of their campaign. Any candidate running for office, whether it be state, local, or federal should at least register to vote before they announce for office, raise money, and file with the FEC.
I will continue moving forward in this campaign in addressing the serious issues that we face like soaring gas and food prices, stabilizing our economy, and creating new jobs because I know that our party and in particular my problem solving experience is what is necessary in Washington to get things done.
I’m a blue collar working guy who put in the hard time and worked my way up all the way to Vice President of a major energy services company. My entire career has been identifying problems and solving them. It’s those skills and my common sense approach to our problems that are attracting so much support throughout the 12th District.