I want to thank all of you who prayed, participated, donated, and/or helped in any way to secure my 69 percent win over my Democrat opponent. No campaign is a one man show. It is a team effort and WE WON!
November's election results were good, bad, and ugly:
The good was in Clermont County. Republicans once again swept every seat and by very wide margins. Additionally, we did very well statewide in congressional and legislative races.
The bad were Ohio's US Senate race and Electoral College. Obama won Ohio.
There was so much ugly I hardly know where to start. Federal judges poking their noses into our election laws and jerking our Secretary of State around created chaos. Other than themselves, who gave them the authority to do that? It is certainly not in the Constitution. And if that wasn't ugly enough, both President Obama and Senator Brown ran on a platform of higher taxes, greater spending, and bigger government, and they won! Has the electorate chosen European style socialism as the new normal over old fashioned American capitalism? Did the electorate throw God under the bus along with traditional Judeo-Christian conservative values? I don't know the answers to those questions, but I do know that WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT.
The bonus category here is called "uglier." The Democrats are now in a win-win position with the so-called fiscal cliff. They are now demanding extraordinary increases in taxes and spending. If the Republicans cave, the Democrats win and America loses. If the Republicans don't cave, then the Democrats win and America loses. Regardless of what the Republicans do, or don't do, Americans will suffer massive tax increases and the Republicans will get the blame for it. (This falls under the category of "elections have consequences.")
Ohio House of
I was in Columbus from the morning of November 18th through the 21st for new legislator orientation and to interview candidates to be my Chief of Staff (Legislative Aide). The orientation program was very effective and well organized. It didn't take me long to start stirring the pot. On Monday, I asked representatives of the media about bias. As a follow-up, I asked why they call pro-lifers "anti-abortion" and the other side as "pro-choice." On Tuesday, I asked one of our Supreme Court justices about judicial review and to help unravel the mystery of how they acquired that authority. (It is not in the US or Ohio Constitution.) I also asked Jim Petro how much, if any, our quality of education would suffer if all professors (with few exceptions) would have a salary cap equal to the governor's? He stated that no professors make less than the governor. (Am I the only one who sees a problem here?)
Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, I interviewed five people to be my Chief of Staff. (One person is the entire staff.) All candidates were acceptable. However, one was a clear standout. I hired Margaret Tornero Casey. (I call her "Tornado.") She is currently Joe Uecker's Chief of Staff (Legislative Aide). Tornado and I are very much politically in sync. She had other options but, thankfully, decided to work for me.
On November 27th, I was in Columbus again to participate in the selection process for the leadership team of the 130th General Assembly. There were no surprises. Everyone moved up a notch to replace Lou Blessing. The caucus unanimously voted to retain Bill Batchelder as speaker of the House and unanimously elected Matt Huffman as speaker pro tempore, Barbara Sears as majority floor leader, John Adams as assistant majority floor leader, Cheryl Grossman as majority whip, and Jim Buchy as assistant majority whip. Afterward, I joined the 129th GA caucus as their guest to listen to them discuss year-end proposals.
Conservatism is Calling and Liberty is Waiting! (7+ minutes)
Three Co-Equal Branches of Government? (9+ minutes)
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor Explains Ohio's Decision on Obamacare (2 minutes)
December 4, 2012
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm
January 16, 2013
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm
March 1, 2013
Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner
Becker for the 65th State Representative District
The election will be November 6th. I’ve raised $52,000 and expanded my donor base to over 360 people in six different states! Donation size has ranged from $1 to $1,000 and has averaged $79. You could donate for FREE! You may know that a $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The “Ohio political contributions credit” is on line 55 of your Ohio IT 1040. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why you will be able to help me, to help you, and have it cost you nothing. I’m Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos regarding my candidacy:
Introduction (38 seconds)
Second Amendment (36 seconds)
Taxes (49 seconds)
Energy (55 seconds)
Pro-Life (42 seconds)
Creation Science and Evolution (42 seconds.)
State Government Spending (45 seconds)
Donate (50 seconds)
State Government (37 seconds)
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