Earlier today, something happened in Washington that only served to increase my desire to represent the people of the 8th District. Maybe you already know what happened. It was broadcast to a national television and radio audience. You’ll be seeing, hearing and reading more about it later today.
Let me state unequivocally right now: if I ever exhibit the type of behavior witnessed this morning during the congressional hearing on the FBI, voters won’t have to wait to remove me from office….I’ll resign immediately.
If we are to knit this country back together, we must be able to find truth and admit that the truth still matters. Is it possible that people have lost that ability? More importantly, have we lost all ability to be civil in how we interact with one another?
I’ve always believed civility can lead to greater understanding. Today’s horrible display in the congressional hearing may have shaken me to my core, but I refuse to accept this as a new norm in today’s political environment. It’s my basic belief in the goodness of the American people that brought me to this campaign – the belief that together we can solve any problems that confront us.
Throughout my campaign, I’ve met and talked with hundreds of people. Not everyone agrees with me. I accept that. But I’ve listened very intently to their opinions of how we can move forward to a more perfect union. Sure, there have been some times when comments have been made that I thought were personally offensive. That’s OK. People feel strongly about issues - as well they should - and not everyone conveys their opinions as we might wish to receive them. But, I’m in this campaign to represent everyone, not just those who agree with me.
I signed a Civility Pledge early on in my campaign. You can find it on my website. I asked my campaign volunteers to uphold it. I hope you agree we’ve lived up to what we promised. So, let me say this again. If you send me to Washington you’ll never see, hear or read about me doing anything like you might have witnessed today in that congressional hearing. That’s not who I am. You deserve better than what we saw on display this morning. I hope I’ve proven to you during this campaign that the leadership style I intend to bring to Washington will bring honor to the office.