Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Candidates You May Have Missed: Chris Gibson (R-NY)

In 2006, the Democratic tidal wave took over a traditionally Republican district in upstate New York. Republican Congressman John Sweeney, a known alcoholic and later confirmed spousal abuser, lost his bid for reelection to "blue dog Democrat" Kirstin Gillibrand. She then served as a more conservative Democrat, for 2 years. She received the NRA endorsement in 2008 and easily won reelection. In 2009, she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate and a special election erupted to replace her. The GOP lined up behind former Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco. The Democrats lined up behind liberal attorney Scott Murphy. The NRCC proved they knew how to lose a winnable race - the continuous attack ads on Murphy provided him the name recognition he needed and with his predominantly positive ads, Murphy squeaked by Tedisco. 2010 provides a great opportunity to defeat Murphy and Chris Gibson is just the man to do it.

Gibson is a 24 year Army veteran who served out his final year of service as a Colonel earlier this year. He served in Kosovo, Iraq, and right before he left the US Armed Forces, he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team during relief efforts in Haiti. In addition to his direct field service - he holds a PhD in Government and served one of his tours teaching American Politics at West Point. In 2008, Gibson wrote a textbook on military strategy entitled Securing the State. Based on his background alone, Gibson is more qualified to be in Congress than half the people currently in office.

As for his stances on the issue, Gibson early on opposed Obamacare and called up on incumbent Scott Murphy to vote against it. Gibson said,
This is a bad bill and we need to let it die and then start over again focusing on driving down health care costs. We need legislation that encourages increased competition and tort reform, and combats fraud, waste, and abuse. This would drive down health care costs, provide more "bottom line" for our small businesses and lead to more private sector job growth.
Gibson was also quick to sign onto the Club for Growth's "Repeal It" pledge. How else is his platform conservative? Gibson states on his website that we can improve our economy with tax cuts, targetted tax credits, and "...enhanced information sharing..." - which I'd love to hear more about. Gibson also states that he will support measures to balance our federal budget. He also said that if elected, he would donate back to the federal government his military pension "...as a good-faith gesture that he is serious about reducing the deficit." He also wants to streamline or eliminate the Department of Education, allowing more direct aid to school disrtricts with less overhead.

On Second Amendment issues Gibson calls out legislation he strongly supports already including:
H.R. 17 which reinforces the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home and provides for the enforcement of such right; and

H.R. 197 which provides a national standard for reciprocity, that is, the right of an individual licensed to carry a concealed firearm in a particular State to carry a concealed firearm in other States.
All in all, this is a solid, conservative platform in a conservative district. If you're interested in learning more, check out his official website here. If you like what you see, vote for him in this week's Ten Buck Fridays poll.

Matthew Newman is a 27 year old environmental engineer who lives in the Baltimore area. Newman has been blogging since 2004.

Newman received his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2005 and his Masters in 2007 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Newman has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2007. Together they have one son, Ryan Isaiah, who was born in May 2009.

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