Wayne Gilchrest; Liberal Or Sour Grapes

I have written about Wayne Gilchrest before. I worked hard to see that he was defeated in the primary because even though he was listed as a Republican he acted like and voted with the Democrats. I had been advocating for people to vote out incumbents and I put my money where my mouth is. Gilchrest lost to Andy Harris.

Harris is a stand up guy and a great conservative. He is also a physician and an officer in the Naval Reserve. He will be a great Congressman but we need to beat out a challenger who is putting up a good fight.

Frank Kratovil, a Democrat and an attorney, is running for the seat and he is keeping the race close. The recent poll changes the district from likely Republican to leans Republican and we still have a long way to go. I think Harris will pull this out because the district is fairly conservative and has had a Republican Congressman for about 20 years. However, this is not a forgone conclusion.

One person who has endorsed Kratovil is none other than RINO Wayne Gilchrest. Gilchrest is bitter because he was beaten and he now wants Harris to be denied the seat. I tried to warn Gilchrest to straighten his act up but he ignored the numerous emails sent to him and his condescending attitude led me to actively fight for Andy Harris and against Wayne Gilchrest. I have a lot of friends and relatives in the 1st District and they did not vote for him. He should have listened (not that I was solely responsible but every little bit helps).

It is easy to say that Gilchrest’s endorsement is nothing more than sour grapes but in reality it is in keeping with his inner liberal. You see, Gilchrest sided with Democrats on many issues that were not popular with real conservatives and he went against the wishes of his constituents. So it is not surprising to me that he endorsed the Democrat.

In case anyone thinks that one endorsement does not a liberal make, consider this.

Gilchrest has endorsed Obama/Biden. A true conservative would not do that because those two are extremely liberal. This is why Gilchrest lost his seat and I say good riddance.

Andy Harris will win this race so long as we can keep focused on the issues. Kratovil espouses the big government programs and the tax increases that support them and Harris believes in small government, lower taxes and he will never forget that he works for the people and never, unlike Gilchrest, be foolish enough to think we work for him.

If you are in the First Congressional District in Maryland then you need to register to vote and cast that vote for Andy Harris.

Big Dog

We Must Defeat Wayne Gilchrest

Wayne Gilchrest is the Congressman who represents the 1st Congressional District in Maryland and he is my Representative. It is no secret to anyone who regularly reads this blog that I do not want Gilchrest to win another term in office. He is a liberal and when one looks up the word RINO in the dictionary his picture accompanies the definition. Gilchrest has sided with Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her Democratic gang more than he has voted with his own party. Gilchrest is also in favor of pork and has never voted against a bill aimed at ending that practice of wasteful spending. Gilchrest and I have gone back and forth in email and snail mail and his letters are patronizing and he distorts his record. It is time to replace him and there is no one better to fill the job than Andy Harris. The Washington Times has endorsed Harris and has this to say about Gilchrest:

For example, Mr. Gilchrest was wrong on the Iraq troop surge: In March, he was one of two Republicans to join Mrs. Pelosi and virtually the entire House Democratic Caucus in voting to set a timetable for troop withdrawal. He is also wrong on Iran: suggesting that Tehran is misbehaving because the Bush administration failed to conduct a “dialogue” with Iran.

According to the Club for Growth, Mr. Gilchrest earned a 0 percent rating in voting against 46 amendments to strip pork-barrel spending projects from fiscal 2008 appropriations bills. He earned a 100 percent rating in 2006 from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Mr. Gilchrest has a mixed record on illegal aliens: voting on at least three occasions in 2004 and 2005 against amendments denying certain types of federal funding to sanctuary cities; supporting amnesty for more than 800,000 illegal-alien agricultural workers in 2007; and voting in favor of awarding illegals from Mexico with Social Security benefits in 2004. Washington Times

Here are a few other votes from the so called Republican (from Wikipedia):
Gilchrest’s voting record is considered liberal for a Republican, and voted with Democrats more than any other Republican house member in 2007.

  • On February 14, 2002, Gilchrest voted for the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act.
  • On June 24, 2005, Gilchrest voted to continue taxpayer subsidies for Viagra
  • Gilchrest is a cosponsor of legislation concerning District of Columbia voting rights
  • In 2006, Gilchrest voted against the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • On September 26, 2006, Gilchrest voted against the Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 which would allow property owners access to federal court for their Fifth Amendment takings claims.
  • In March, 2007, Gilchrest was one of two Republicans to vote for a bill that required President George W. Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq by September 1, 2008.
  • In April of 2007, Gilchrest was one of four Republicans (including Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri and Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee) to vote for a similar bill that required President George W. Bush to begin troop withdrawal from Iraq on October 1, 2007. This bill also provides the goal of bringing all troops home from Iraq by March of 2008.
  • Also in June of 2007, Gilchrest voted against a series of amendments offered by Representative Jeff Flake to strip earmarks from the Fiscal Year 2008 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.

As anyone can see, Wayne Gilchrest is anything but Conservative and his voting record runs contrary to the Conservative district he represents. President Bush received more than 60% of the votes from this district in the last election but Wayne does not seem to get it. He seems to think that the people work for him and not the other way around. As I have stated in the past, they work for us and it is time to let them know. We can let Gilchrest know by firing him from this job.

Unfortunately, Michael Steele and Newt Gingrich are supporting Gilchrest. This shows me that they are more concerned with keeping the status quo than putting Conservatives in office and that attitude might explain why the GOP lost control of both chambers in the last election. Andy Harris is the most Conservative of the people running. He is a physician, not a lawyer, and he is in the Naval Reserve and has been deployed. E.J. Pipken, a Maryland State Senator is a late entry in the race.

Pipken, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate decided to get into the Congressional race after seeing how well Harris was doing. Pipken likes to tout himself as a Conservative and though he would be better than Gilchrest, he is not more Conservative than Harris. Pipken donated $2000 to the gubernatorial campaign of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a Democrat who lost to Republican Robert Ehrlich.

Gilchrest and Pipken are not the people we need in DC. Andy Harris is the only choice for the Conservatives for the 1st Congressional District in Maryland. I also want to take this opportunity to squash a lie that is being reported in a TV ad being run by one of the opponents. The ad says that Andy Harris voted to give in state tuition rates to illegals. Harris voted for the first reading of the bill knowing that an amendment would be added to include the military and exclude illegals. The amendment excluding illegals failed and Harris voted against the final bill. It is a lie to say he voted to give illegals in state tuition when he voted against the final version of the bill.

I vowed that I would persuade everyone I know to vote against Gilchrest and if he wins the primary I will vote for the Democrat opposing him. I made it clear to him that I would actively work to defeat him and I am ensuring that everyone I know in his District knows of his record and encouraging them to vote for Andy Harris.

Wayne Gilchrest must go. He is a RINO and he sides with the liberals in Congress. Our party has too many RINOs as it is so I am doing my part to rid us of this one.

Other sources:
Red Maryland
Save the GOP
Project Vote Smart (Complete voting record)

Big Dog

Wayne Gilchrest Must be Voted Out

Wayne Gilchrest is the Congressman who represents Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. Gilchrest is a Republican but he has been a disgrace to his party and to the voters of his district. I have documented Gilchrest’s poor voting record and the number of liberal issues that he agrees with. It is beyond me why this guy even runs as a Republican when he is pro choice, and is involved in things that are not conservative.

Recently, Wayne Gilchrest voted to override the President’s veto of the huge expansion of S-CHIP. Let us make that clear, the President vetoed a huge expansion of the program. His veto did not get rid of the program and there are still plenty of services out there for poor people. Wayne Gilchrest voted with Democrats to override this veto and in so doing indicated that he feels it is OK to spend taxpayer money on insurance for people who make 3 or 4 times the poverty level. This should surprise no one because Gilchrest is not a fiscally prudent. He spends like a drunken sailor on shore leave and he continues to waste taxpayer money. He even voted against stripping earmarks (PORK) from the FY 2008 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill. To Wayne it is OK to spend our money with little or no regard to being prudent with how it is spent.

Andy Harris is running against Gilchrest in the Republican primary. I have been talking to family and friends in the 1st District and I believe I have a lot of people who are looking for change and are ready to dump Gilchrest and put Andy in Office. If you are in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District you need to take a look at Wayne Gilchrest’s voting record and you will rapidly see this is a record to run from, not on. Andy Harris is the future of our District and we need him to take Conservative leadership to DC and replace that milquetoast RINO Gilchrest.

I have a list of things to accomplish and on it is “send a letter to Wayne Gilchrest after his defeat.” I really want to check that one off after the Republican Primary. I hate to have to go to my fall back plan of voting for the Democrat in the General election but I absolutely will not vote for Gilchrest no matter what. All my readers in the 1st, please vote for Andy Harris.

Wayne, enjoy it now because you will soon be a lame duck.

Big Dog

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Andy Harris for Congress in Maryland’s First District

I have written a number of times about my problem with Maryland First Congressional District Congressman Wayne Gilchrest and it is no secret to my readers that I am extremely dissatisfied with Gilchrest’s positions on many topics but particularly on the war and immigration. Wayne Gilchrest has sided with the cut and run Democrats and voted with them to bring our troops home in defeat and to weaken America. In a letter to me he said that when he was in Vietnam he hoped every day that Congress would bring him home. Wayne, I thank you for your service but hope is not proper mission planning. Perhaps if you were executing your mission instead of obsessing with Congress bringing you home we might have won the war.

As for immigration, once again Gilchrest shows that he is a RINO. He supports amnesty for those who have broken our laws and entered this country ILLEGALLY. As an aside, immigration arrested about 1500 gang members today and 1000 of them were ILLEGALS. These are the people Wayne wants to grant amnesty. Wayne Gilchrest has an R after his name but he is in fact a Democrat in every sense of the word. He continually votes with the Democrats on issues that run contrary to what real Republicans want. Wayne voted in favor of the S-CHIP bill which is nothing more than the gateway to socialized medicine. Sure we have it now but Wayne voted for the new and improved version that would provide health care to children in families making over 80,000 dollars a year. I have written a number of times that if Gilchrest had a primary opponent I would work for that person and if Gilchrest made it to the general election I would vote for the Democrat opposing him. This is how strongly I feel about getting him out of office. I understand he started out as a good guy but DC, as it does with so many, changed Wayne.

I am happy to announce that Maryland State Senator Andy Harris is running against Wayne Gilchrest and I am equally happy to fully support his candidacy. I like Andy Harris and I like his views and Conservative values. Andy Harris is a physician who serves in the Naval Reserve and holds the rank of Commander. Senator Harris is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and instead of hoping Congress would bring him home, he pressed on with his mission. Most importantly, with regard to the war, Senator Harris understands what is at stake and he knows that our enemy seeks to convert people to Islam or to kill them. In Andy’s own words; “In this war, surrender is not an option.”

Senator Harris I am happy to throw my support behind you and your campaign to bring Conservatism back to the First District. It is refreshing to have a candidate who does not distort his record to appease the masses. I look forward to supporting you and being there when you raise your hand in victory in the primary election and again in the general. I believe that the large number of family and friends in the First will be behind you and I will work on those who are not yet decided.

I urge all Marylanders in the First Congressional District to vote for Andy Harris for Congress.

Big Dog

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