Before I begin, I'd like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with Club members and their families who live in the path of Hurricane Katrina.
Last week, we mailed you a memo with three new candidate recommendations. If you have already donated to these candidates, thank you. If you have not yet made a donation, you can contribute online using the following link:
Here's a quick recap on the three:State Sen. John Campbell is running in California's 48th congressional district to replace Chris Cox, who just became head of the SEC. John is rated one of the most pro-taxpayer lawmakers in the California Legislature, and in the primary, is running against a former legislator who voted for a budget that had so much excess spending that even the big-spending (former) Governor Gray Davis felt compelled to use his line item veto to cut it by half a billion dollars. While this is a safe Republican district, California's primary system, which allows Democrats to vote for Republicans, can be exploited by moderates to capture the Republican nomination. This special election is just over five weeks away.
We also recommend State Rep. Bill Sali for Idaho's first congressional district which is opening up as current Congressman C.L. "Butch" Otter is running for governor. Despite this being a strong conservative district, there is plenty to worry about. Republicans so thoroughly dominate this state that many of the liberals have become registered Republicans. That is part of the problem. The other is that at least six candidates are running, so the most liberal one has a real chance of winning the primary, even if she gets less than 30% of the vote. This is where Club members can make the difference. We've found the best candidate, and he needs your help to raise a ton of money so he can leap frog to the top of the race. This will allow conservatives in Idaho to coalesce behind him and avoid getting stuck with a liberal Republican. Two of his GOP primary opponents backed a 20% increase in the sales tax!
Our third recommendation is for State Rep. Phil Krinkie, whose nickname in the Minnesota Legislature is "Dr. No." He actually doesn't like the nickname, but we thought you would.But he's not a doctor, he's a small businessman. And the "No" part results from his votes on higher spending and taxes - "NO." And unlike many other lawmakers who may vote "no" over and over again, and lose effectiveness, our research found he is well-liked and respected, and is a true leader who can get good things done and bad things stopped. This is an open Republican-leaning seat.
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Patrick J. Toomey
President, Club for Growth
2001 L Street,
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Washington, DC 20036