for State Representative
I've been doing the usual campaign stuff, getting a lot of help from local volunteers, the Clermont County Republican Party, the Ohio Republican Party, and from the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC). They are the campaign arm of the House Republican caucus. Campaign activities include signs, direct mail, radio advertising, door-to-door, telephone calls, and more. All looks good so far, but we need to stay vigilant and take nothing for granted.
Endorsements and proclamations of support are continuing to get issued. So far, we have:
· Clermont County Republican Party
· Ohio Republican Party
· NFIB Ohio - National Federation of Independent Business (small business)
· The Ohio Society of CPAs
· Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors ABC - PAC
Pro-Life and Grass Roots Values Voters Endorsements
· Cincinnati Right to Life - PAC
· Ohio Right to Life - PAC
· Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio
· Ohio Value Voters
· Family First PAC
· "Very Conservative" from iVoterGuide. (This is their highest rating.)
· NRA with the highly exclusive A+ rating
· Buckeye Firearms PAC with the highly exclusive A+ rating
· Ohioans for Concealed Carry (OFCC)
TEA Party Voters
· Ohio Citizens PAC
Military and Veterans Voters
· "Highly Recommended" by Ohio Veterans United
Call to Action
Let me know if you can help with signs, calls, door-to-door, or standing in front of a polling location on May 8th asking voters to re-elect John Becker for State Representative. You can call me at home at 513-753-6440.
Third Party PACs
Some of you might recall that the Growth & Opportunity PAC (Who?) sent out a mailer entitled "don't get burned" and made some allegations against our opponent's business practices. It first came to my attention when her husband tagged me on a Facebook post wrongly blaming me for sending it out. That's when I began investigating who sent it out and why. I still don't know, but it's my understanding that similar hit pieces were delivered that same day in about a dozen House races across Ohio. Therefore, it was likely coordinated out of Columbus. It was not any organization associated with our campaign.
That hit piece was, very predictably, a bad idea:
· It was damaging to her business and therefore her livelihood. This goes beyond politics. It was shameful and a disgrace.
· It was damaging to my reputation and good name. People wrongly assumed that I was behind it and therefore it made me look like a jerk and a bully.
I'd rather lose an
election with integrity than win dirty. And I'm serious about that. I am
committed to a positive campaign. I think of our opponent as a fine young lady
with a lot of potential. Furthermore, I shopped in her store for Mother's Day
last year. I found my opponent to be very pleasant and her store to be very
appealing. I'm a satisfied customer of hers.
According to OpenSecrets.org, the Growth & Opportunity PAC is a super PAC. Federal law prohibits candidates from coordinating with them. Therefore, I'm not legally allowed to contact them to ask them to stop. However, I am legally allowed to publicly express my outrage, condemn the hit piece in the strongest terms, and make it clear that I want the attacks against my opponent to stop. I did all of that and it hasn't happened since.
Some time ago, a robocall started out as a poll and then morphed into negative information about my opponent. I promptly reached out to my opponent to give her a heads-up and to let her know that I would try to find out who did it and that I wanted it stopped. My suspects all denied it and pointed fingers at each other. But it never happened again.
Regarding the Growth & Opportunity PAC mailer, I wanted to personally apologize for it. My opponent was walking past my table at the Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner. I said, "Erin." She stopped. I stood up, looked her straight in the eyes and said, "I just want to personally apologize to you for that hit piece. I had nothing to do with it and I've been screaming all over Columbus to get it stopped. I'm sorry that happened to you." She nodded to acknowledge my statement and then continued on her way.
Ohio House of Representatives - My current active House bills:
HB 53 - Public Sector Right to Work
HB 233 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.
HB 333 - Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty.
HB 421 - Replica
HJR 8: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business."
HJR 7: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment.
HJR 9: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based.
HJR 12: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent.
HJR 10: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required.
HJR 11: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership.
HB 488 - Truth in advertising for property tax levies.
May 4, 2018
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's. Register here.
May 8, 2018
Primary Election Day.
May 12, 2018
We the People Convention.
May 16, 2018
Clermont County Republican Central Committee meeting at 7 PM at HQ.
Becker for State Representative -
Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
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