Editor's note: Candidates in the Jan. 14 Republican special primary for U.S. House District 13 not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times were given an opportunity to respond.
I am a newcomer, but not to problem-solving. My 33 years of federal military service, experience in commercial industry and as an attorney provide the leadership necessary to serve effectively in Congress. Given Gallup's 12 percent approval rating for Congress, many view my outsider status as an asset.
I advocate returning the republic to limited government, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty. Current policy concerning abusive taxation, crushing debt and burdensome overregulation are the obstacles, not the means, of ensuring economic growth and job creation.
Adherence to constitutional principles concerning the purposes and powers of the federal government does not constitute a "lack of a practical approach." The infringements "we the people" allow are the result of our public servants ignoring their oath to the Constitution they swore, on their honor, to uphold.
The states created the federal government for the sole purpose of performing those functions the states could not efficiently perform themselves. The federal government can only "give" what it first "takes" in taxes and debt creation. We must return to spending accountability in Congress.
My candidacy offers a distinctive alternative to the conventional choices of "big government" or "bigger government," which is really no choice at all.