NOTE: This post was written by David Allan Kappeler. David is an AGU-TX volunteer who has been helping out with the Katrina Pierson for Congress (US House TX-32) campaign.
Three weeks ago today, I attended the first grassroots meeting for a young leader in the tea party/conservative wave whose example and courage energized over 75 people to come and lay the ground work to continue the movement to take our country back! Our movement in Texas started with Gov. Sarah Palin. We strongly supported the election of Ted Cruz, who is honoring his electoral promises, while rocking the boat in the Senate. Now our focus is on Katrina Pierson, the first individual to challenge a leader in the House GOP leadership by seeking the Republican nomination for Texas’ 32nd Congressional District and the first test of the Tea Party’s strength in Republican primaries on March 4, 2014.
In the beginning of 2013, Congressman Pete Sessions was approached about stopping Obamacare. However, he refused. Concerned citizens kept approaching him for months with the hope of changing his mind, but just like King George III of England, he refused to listen.
At a local tea party meeting, our very own Del Parker, of American Grizzlies United, was the first to encourage Katrina to challenge Pete Sessions. As Katrina recounts the encounter, Del was pleading with her to run with tears in his eyes. Katrina understands that to stand for public office, others must first ask you and that the trappings of power mean little. She also understands this is a responsibility one takes on with great reservation, while knowing Who carries her.
Katrina is in this fight because the folks in D.C. are not paying attention to the concerns of the people. She says, “We are fighting for the future of this country in which conservatives are the target.” The excuse being given not to fight by leadership in the GOP is, we are going to be blamed and we are going to lose. Katrina’s honest response is, “We are losing,” and as such, her campaign theme is “America First. No More Excuses!”
She asks the question, “How can we be a secure nation when borders are not secure and there is more security at national monuments?” Katrina also wants to know what happened to the thousands of missing surface to air missiles in Libya. She wants Benghazi fully investigated by a House Select Committee. Most Republicans would be furious to know that Congressman Pete Sessions, an ally of Speaker Boehner, is using his leadership position on the House Rules Committee to block any such investigation.
The four core issues close to Katrina’s heart are:
1) Get the Federal Government out of the privacy of our home and businesses.
2) Shrink the size of Federal Government.
3) Get the Federal Government out of education.
4) Take the conservative message across the country.
In the end, Katrina says, “. . . this campaign is just a vehicle to get the country back on track . . . the people of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, and for [anyone] to never be able to say the Tea Party is dead.”