Most of what is wrong with Washington is caused by partisanship. The best way to end the partisanship is to elect independent candidates who are not connected to either the Republicans or the Democrats.
Agriculture is the heart and soul of the Central Valley. We cannot abandon it. We can make it better. We can make it the engine of our economic recovery. And, we must make agriculture our most trusted and powerful tool of American foreign policy.
Government cannot right every wrong or cure every sorrow. But, when government does act it must be fair. I will support public policies that protect the rights of individuals — their civil rights, their right to religious freedom, their rights to equal opportunity.
CAN AN INDEPENDENT CONGRESSMAN BE EFFECTIVE IN CONGRESS?
The Valley has sent both Republicans and Democrats to Congress. It doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Both parties are controlled in DC. Our Congressmen give the same partisan, cookie-cutter answers on virtually every issue.
Congress was not always this partisan. It was not that many years ago when Independent Democrats and Independent Republicans worked together to resolve problems. The partisan Washington crowd, on both sides, has silenced the independent thinkers.
If the people of this community will stand behind me, there is nothing Washington can offer, nor any threat Washington can make that can compare to what I have already seen. I know their game. I will be respectful, mindful for the opportunity to find common ground, but unswayed by their efforts to cajole or intimidate. Truly Independent. That’s what makes me different.