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I admit that with this headline, I’m trying to get Erick Erickson’s attention.
Tom McClintock is the US Congressman from California’s 4th Congressional District. He is supported by Club for Growth and he is a respected, national leader in Congress.
Conservative Arizona State Senator Pamela Gorman is endorsed by Erick Erickson at RedState.com for Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.
I bring up McClintock, Handel, and Gorman because 3-term Kansas State Representative and 3rd District Congressional candidate Patricia Lightner has surpassed them all with Facebook fans.
In Kansas, Sam Brownback is at 3,446. Senate candidate Jerry Moran is at 4,903 fans. 3,439 fans for Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt. 1,481 fans for Lightner’s main opponent, Kevin Yoder. Patricia Lightner is by far the most popular Republican candidate on Facebook, across the entire state of Kansas.
With every passing week, Patricia Lightner has gained support. And she has a real chance at winning on August 3, but she does need your help.
Over the last year, Patricia Lightner has overcome more obstacles than any candidate I’ve ever watched up close. The establishment Republicans and the big-spending pro-life Republicans have tried over and over again to beat her, but it hasn’t worked. And with each challenge, she not only gets through it, but she comes out stronger:
But Patricia Lightner has persevered.
The winner on August 3 will either be Patricia Lightner or Kevin Yoder. Kevin Yoder:
I served with Kevin Yoder in the legislature. Like virtually everybody who “knows” Kevin Yoder, I don’t know him — I have absolutely no idea what he believes. I like him on a personal level, but I have absolutely no idea what he believes. I do consider him to be a very talented politician. He was student body president at KU, where he was a Democrat. He was hand-picked by far-left Republicans to effectively walk into an open state representative seat at age 26. By age 34, he is known as a kind-of-conservative House Appropriations Chair. In 2002, he was a Republican voting in a liberal fashion, and became more moderate — I don’t think “conservative” is accurate — by the end of his eight-year tenure.
The unanswered question, even among Yoder’s supporters, is this: Is Yoder’s move to the middle genuine, or is it that he merely noticed the direction of Republican voters, or is it somewhere in between? I have no idea what the answer is to that question, and I don’t wish to wait until after the 2010 elections to find the answer, particularly when we have a proven, pro-family economic conservative like Patricia Lightner.
Finally, yes, it IS odd that — when making an expensive campaign video designed to introduce the public to the genuine, down-to-earth person that is the candidate — Kevin Yoder chooses to have his “coffee shop conversation” with one lobbyist (red-haired guy at 1:01) and one former moderate state representative (at 1:03) in a coffee shop. Could Kevin Yoder not find ANYBODY ELSE other than a Topeka lobbyist to talk to in a campaign ad, an ad that includes cows so we know that Yoder’s relatives were farmers? An ad designed to convince us that Kevin Yoder is an “everyday person”? Anybody other than another politician to talk to in a coffee shop?
And with this video, even Politico pointed out that for the second time in three years, Yoder is found to be AGAIN walking right next to kids in a campaign ad — kids that are not his own kids.
With your help, Patricia Lightner can win this election.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).