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There has been some confusion recently over my voting history when my opponent falsely claimed that I have never voted in a Republican primary in almost 20 years. That is simply untrue. During that time, I pulled six Republican ballots. In fact, the first ballot I ever cast was in a Republican primary in 1988. Not only have I participated in the GOP primary process by voting, I interned with Reagan in 1988, campaigned for Dole in 1996 and once I had become successful enough in my business career, used my financial resources to help other Republicans get elected.
I understand my opponent has only been on the job for a few weeks, but if he’s already having trouble keeping accurate records, then we certainly need a new Secretary of State. Then again, when your first priority as appointed Secretary of State is to hold a top-dollar fundraiser for lobbyists and special interests and your second priority is to use the resources of your office to attack your opponent, being accurate and accountable can get lost in the mix. If he is looking to compare voting records to see who has the record of a true conservative, I’m happy to compare my record of voting against tax increases, voting against spending increases, and voting to return a surplus to the taxpayers. We can even discuss his votes in the 1996, 1998 and 2000 Democrat primaries.
This is politics as usual. Kemp tried this same negative attack in his failed attempt to become Agriculture Commissioner in 2006 against Gary Black. The voters rejected his attack then, and I’m confident they will reject him again.