LLPH is excited to announce that 7 endorsed and recommended incumbents are running unopposed in the primary and will thus be heading to November to face off against liberal Democrats. We would like to introduce you to these members, where they will be tiered, and top 5 reasons we are calling for their re-election. (Tiers-Election Tiers are made up of 15 candidates/incumbents, ranked in importance and value to LLPH. Scores are factored in, but are not the main thing that LLPH looks at when tiering candidates/incumbents.)
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY 4) was elected in 2012 in a two part special election and general election. A 43-year old inventor and engineer, Rep. Massie also served as Judge-Executive of Lewis County, Kentucky. He was politically active in 2010 for Senator Rand Paul’s campaign. In 2012, he won his primary against a number of opponents but with the backing of tea party and liberty groups across the state and country. He went on to win the general election 62-34% against his Democrat opponent.
Since coming to congress, Rep. Thomas Massie has been one of the firmest voices for individual freedom and liberty, fiscal responsibility, and abides by the Constitution near perfectly. There are many reasons why he should be re-elected, here are our top 5: 1) He opposed both the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal and the Omnibus Bill that resulted from it. 2) He’s a strong defender of liberty-opposing CISPA, all NDAAs, fighting indefinite detention. 3) He has never voted to raise the debt ceiling, including his rejection of the 3-month suspension that was attached to the misnamed “No Budget, No Pay”. 4) He regularly participates in Conversation with Conservatives (a monthly group of pro-free market conservative legislators) and also attends Campaign for Liberty/YAL Conferences. 5) He was the lead fighter against the Internet Sales Tax, even conducting a floor speech against it. 6) He voted against Speaker John Boehner for speaker…that should be enough of a reason to re-elect him in 2014!
Rep. Thomas Massie will no doubt appear in the FIRST TIER. He’s a near-perfect representative. He scored above a 100% on our last scorecard (2013), and he currently holds a 100% on our current scorecard. We are so honored to have Rep. Thomas Massie as part of the conservative-liberty caucus, and he is a rising star. His Democrat opponent is Peter Newberry, who claims to be a “tea party Democrat”, but in this SAFE REPUBLICAN (63-35% Republican 2012 Election) seat, Rep. Thomas Massie should cruise to re-election.
Help his campaign out here: http://www.thomasmassie.com/
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH 1) was elected in the 2010 “tea party” freshman class, although he previously served in congress from 1995-2009. He was defeated by Democrat Rep. Steve Driehaus, but came back in 2010 to defeat Driehaus 52-45% and win back the seat. At age 61, Rep. Chabot has a law practice and also served as commissioner of Hamilton County, Ohio. He defeated his Democrat opponent when he ran for re-election in 2012, 58-38%.
Since coming back to congress, Rep. Chabot has been a firm advocate for fiscal responsibility and has some civil liberty aspects to his record. Here are our top 5 reasons to re-elect him: 1) He has fought hard to cut wasteful spending, for example he has been the lead sponsor of several amendment to cut farm programs and the Department of Energy. 2) Chabot voted for the Amash NSA Amendment. 3) He does not have “sacred cows” and supported cutting foreign aid to Pakistan and billions from the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. 4) Rep. Chabot opposed both the Ryan-Murray Budget and the Omnibus Bill that followed it, both supported by leadership. 5) Rep. Chabot has been a longtime opponent of earmarks-I wasn’t sent up here to bring pork back to my district” he told the Cincinnati Post in 1995.
Rep. Steve Chabot will likely appear in the FOURTH TIER. He is extremely strong on fiscal issues and is a wonderful conservative earning an 85% in 2013. Two Democrats are fighting to face off against Rep. Chabot this November but in this pretty SAFE REPUBLICAN (52-46% Republican 2012 Election), he should win re-election.
Help his campaign out here: http://www.stevechabot.com/
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1) was first elected in 2005 defeating Democrat incumbent Max Sandlin. He has since won re-election handily. At age 60, Rep. Gohmert has served as a Captain in the U.S. military, practiced law, and served as a district judge of Texas’s 7th Judicial district.
Rep. Gohmert is a tireless advocate for fiscal responsibility and civil liberties. He is what most conservatives would dub “tea party before the tea party was cool”. Here are our top 5 reasons for supporting Rep. Gohmert’s re-election: 1) Rep. Gohmert has supported almost every spending cut opportunity he has been given. 2) He has opposed all debt ceiling increases and continuing resolutions of the 113th Congress. 3) He opposed CISPA and the NDAA FY 2014, showing his strong support for civil liberties. 4) Rep. Gohmert has been a leader against illegal immigration and for the rule of law; he hosted and participated in a pro-legal immigration rally with Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4). 5) He is a regular participant in Conversation with Conservatives (monthly meeting of pro-freedom conservatives). 6) What sets him apart from most of the rest of his colleagues is his blasting of Speaker Boehner and Co. and his courage to vote AGAINST Speaker Boehner at the beginning of the 113th Congress.
Rep. Louie Gohmert will no doubt appear in our FIRST TIER. He’s a near-perfect representative. He scored above a 100% on our last scorecard (2013), and he currently holds a 100% on our current scorecard. We are so honored to have Rep. Louie Gohmert as part of the conservative-liberty caucus, and he continues to be one of those leaders that we wish we had more of in congress. His Democrat opponent is Shirley McKellar, who happens to be the same Democrat opponent that he defeated 71-27% in 2012. He should win easily in this SAFE REPUBLICAN (72-28% Republican 2012 Election) seat, and we look forward to Rep. Gohmert’s continued leadership.
Help his campaign to victory: http://www.gohmert.com/
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX 24) was elected in 2005, taking a seat that had been held by a Democrat but became Republican-leaning due to redistricting. At age 62, he has previously served on the Texas House of Representatives and was also the mayor of Carrollton.
Rep. Marchant has scored well with LLPH and is a good conservative. Here are our top 5 reasons for supporting his re-election: 1) He is decent on civil liberties-he opposed CISPA, supported the Amash NSA amendment, and voted against the Patriot Act once. 2) He opposed both the Ryan-Murray Budget deal and the Omnibus bill. 3) He voted against the debt ceiling increase back in October 2013 and the most recent one that was “clean” debt limit increase. 4) He signed the Defund Obamacare letter. 5) He has supported several spending cut opportunities including cutting the Department of Energy.
Rep. Kenny Marchant will likely appear in the FOURTH TIER. He’s a conservative with some liberty votes receiving an 80% in 2013, and he should be re-elected. This November, he will face off against liberal Democrat Patrick McGehearty. In this SAFE REPUBLICAN (60-38% Republican in 2012 Presidential Election), he is expected to cruise easily to re-election.
Here’s his website: http://kennymarchant.com/
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH 2) was elected in 2012 after defeating Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt in the Republican Primary. Rep. Wenstrup ran on a tea party platform of limited government and criticized Rep. Schmidt’s controversial vote to raise the debt ceiling. He defeated his Democrat opponent 59-41%. At age 55, Rep. Wenstrup is a medical doctor and served as a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army.
Since coming to congress, Rep. Wenstrup has done a decent job remaining on the platform that he ran on. Here are our top 5 reasons for supporting his re-election: 1) Rep. Wenstrup opposed both the Ryan-Murray Budget and the Omnibus Bill. 2) He opposed the Farm Bill Conference Report. 3) Rep. Wenstrup opposed the debt ceiling deal in October 2013 and recently opposed the clean debt ceiling increase. 4) Rep. Wenstrup opposed both Hurricane Sandy Funding Bills. 5) With his medical knowledge, Rep. Wenstrup has been one of the strongest voices against Obamacare in Capitol Hill.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup will likely appear in the FIFTH TIER. He’s a strong fiscal conservative who scores near 60% in 2013 and we are proud to support his re-election in November. There are four Democrats vying to take him on in November but in this SAFE REPUBLICAN district (55-44% Republican 2012 Presidential Election), Rep. Wenstrup is expected to return to the 114th Congress.
Here’s his website: http://www.usabrad.com/
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX 2) is Mr. “That’s Just the Way It Is”. His famous phrase can be heard throughout the chambers of the House of Representatives. Since being elected in 2005 and taking a Democrat seat that year, 65 year old Rep. Ted Poe has worked to further conservative causes. He previously served as a judge in the Texas Judicial System and also served in the military in the reserves.
Rep. Ted Poe is one of the best representatives from Texas in congress, voting pro-fiscal responsibility and pro-civil liberties. Here are our top 5 reasons for supporting his re-election: 1) Rep. Ted Poe voted against the 3-month debt ceiling increase and voted against all debt ceiling increases during the 113th Congress. 2) He voted against the Ryan-Murray Budget and the Omnibus Bill for FY 2014. 3) He was prominent in the fight for the Amash-Conyers NSA Amendment, which would have limited the NSA. He gave a strong floor speech against the NSA’s encroachment on our civil liberties. 4) He sponsored an amendment which would have cut $600 million in foreign aid to Pakistan (an amendment which we key voted). 5) Rep. Poe is a strong proponent of cutting spending and does not have “sacred cows”-he voted in favor of cutting $3.5 billion in waste from the Pentagon.
Rep. Ted Poe’s already decent score of 60% does not do him justice for his hard work for conservative-liberty principles. Rep. Poe will definitely be placed in the FOURTH TIER. He is a man of honor and integrity, and if more conservatives worked as hard as he did, our nation would be so much of a better place. We are proud to support his re-election in which he will face off against Niko Letsos this November in this SAFE REPUBLICAN (63-36% Republican 2012 Presidential Election) seat. He is expected to win re-election easily.
Here’s his website: http://www.tedpoe.com/
Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX 14) was elected in 2012 to succeed Rep. Ron Paul. At age 60, Rep. Weber has previously served in the Texas House of Representatives and is also a small businessman. He won this seat 53-45% over Democrat Former Congressman Nick Lampson.
Rep. Weber is a decent fiscal conservative with some liberty attributes. Here are our top 5 reasons for supporting his re-election: 1) He voted against both the Ryan-Murray Budget and the $1 Trillion Omnibus Bill. 2) He voted against the $956 Billion Farm Bill Conference Report. 3) He voted for the Amash NSA Amendment which would have placed limitations on the NSA. 4) He was one of the few representatives to vote against both Sandy Funding Bills. 5) He voted against the harmful “Innovation Act” which favored big businesses over small businesses and entrepreneurs and was rushed to the floor.
Rep. Randy Weber will likely be placed in the FIFTH, possibly FOURTH TIER. He’s a good representative and is definitely part of our conservative coalition. In this SAFE REPUBLICAN (59-40% Republican 2012 Presidential Election) seat, Rep. Weber is expected to win re-election.
Here’s his website: http://www.randyweber.org/