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By JGillman, Section News
The campaigns have truly begun.
As many of you are aware, State Senator Howard Walker R-37th has decided to forgo a second term, thus leaving a fairly solid Republican seat up for grabs. Walker might well have gotten tired of the threats to primary him, but he has publicly responded that it was a family decision. We wish him the best, and hope he departs the senate with head held high, SANS a Medicaid/Welfare expansion vote when the time comes. Voting FOR such a thing would be a pretty serious blemish on a fairly decent record to walk away with.
Wayne Schmidt RINO-104th, and Greg MacMaster R-105th, are vying for the seat, each with the distinction of having supported the growth of government through their vote for Obamacare.
Note the designated (R) difference used, as their overall records could be parsed to paint a true picture of ideology. Schmidt's frequent support of many things expansion and subsidy, stand in contrast to the GOP platform of smaller government, and intrusion. Of course Schmidt's record is longer, and more easily scrutinized than that of MacMaster, who riding the Tea Party wave of 2010, has since revealed that on key issues, he cannot be counted on to hold the conservative line. MacMaster has been a vocal opponent to disastrous A21 policies, and has introduced legislation that has made it no further than the committees, one of them chaired by Schmidt.
So we are at the starting gate with Wayne "I Like Big Government" Schmidt, and Greg "I tried to cut a deal for small business" MacMaster. The former being one you can trust to disappoint frequently; the latter not solidly rooted in conviction. The former not nearly as 'popular' as the latter, being one who doesn't raise money so well.
So do we break out the checkbooks, hold our noses, pirouette, or sit on our hands?
To be continued.
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