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Rightroots: Give To Republican Candidate Van Taylor.

Republicans can and will maintain the House and Senate this year... with a little help. More astonishingly, Republicans can actually play offense this year... with a little help.

There are competitive districts around the country, including "flyover country" (a.k.a. Bush country) that are currently held by Democrats.

One district in particular, TX-17, is in desperate need of a party flip. This is a district that includes Bush's Crawford ranch, Baylor University (now with dancing!), Texas A&M University (and the George Bush Presidential Library), the Texas Ranger Museum, and farms and ranches galore. This is a district that Bush won by roughly 40 percentage points. This is a district that Democrats have no business holding, especially considering what is at stake nationally (Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, Charlie Rangel as Ways and Means Chair, John Dingell as Energy and Commerce Chair, etc.).

Democrat incumbent Chet Edwards eeked out a victory two years ago, with roughly 51% of the vote, over weak Republican candidate Arlene Wohlgemuth in the newly drawn district.

Van Taylor is no Arlene Wohlgemuth. He served in Iraq. He's an aggressive campaigner. He's a true conservative. He's worthy of your support. If you are thinking about giving money to a candidate or political party, but perhaps you are irritated with certain Republican incumbents right now (*cough* Lincoln Chafee *cough*), this is your chance to help an up-and-coming conservative defeat a tax-hiking Democrat in a very, very Republican district.

That Chet Edwards is even in this race, let alone favored by most prognosticators, proves the awesome power of incumbency. Edwards is running on a record of bringing home the pork for his district-- which is working, to an extent. While he's not as liberal as Tom Daschle was in the Senate, Chet Edwards has been effective at talking one way in Texas and voting another way in Washington, DC.

For example, according to Project Vote Smart: Chet Edwards got a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2004. In 2005, Edwards voted with Americans for Tax Reform only 12% of the time, but voted with the far-left NEA 100% of the time, the radically feminist organization NOW 86% of the time, Americans for Democratic Action 85% of the time (Murtha only scored a 75), and the absurdly anti-Republican NAACP 78% of the time.

Meanwhile, Chet Edwards received an embarrassing 26% rating from Citizens Against Government Waste. He's received failing grades on the 2nd amendment, he's almost always supported unions, he's ardently against Social Security reform, and he's all over the map on free trade. Most importantly, Chet Edwards has voted against many important tax relief measures over the years.


He's a Nancy Pelosi Democrat, plain and simple. And he's got to go.

This is where Rightroots comes in.


If you have some money to donate to worthy candidates, but you're still unsure where those dollars ought to go, consider a donation, via Rightroots, to Van Taylor.

Posted by Will Franklin · 2 August 2006 12:59 PM


Nancy Pelosi breath smells of dead skunk...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 2, 2006 03:40 PM