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.
- Patricia Lightner is now at 5,433 fans on Facebook.
- Karen Handel has 4,739 fans on Facebook.
- 4,265 people are fans of Tom McClintock on Facebook.
- Pamela Gorman is at 933 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:
- Patricia Lightner single-handedly forced out 2008 Republican nominee Nick Jordan. Jordan was universally supported by the establishment, but he received very little support among modern conservative voters. Jordan was pro-life and pro-second amendment, but he supported tax increases, ObamaCare-lite (S-Chip), wasteful spending, and he actively worked against property rights in the Kansas Senate where he served until 2008. He had 67% name ID entering the 2010 race, whereas Lightner had not been in office since 2004.
- Nick Jordan's supporters never liked Patricia Lightner. She was too fiscally conservative, and too independent in her thinking. They couldn't control her. The filing deadline was not until June 10, and right up until the noon deadline on that day, Nick Jordan's big-government establishment supporters were working over-time to find a candidate that they could call their own. All the while, they have intentionally made fundraising difficult for Patricia Lightner. First, they tried to convince a friend and wealthy doctor to run. Then there was Barack Obama's second cousin Milton Wolf. But Jordan's supporters couldn't find another candidate, largely because Patricia Lightner kept gaining support.
- Out of spite and politics, many of Nick Jordan's base of supporters won't donate to her campaign. Nick Jordan won't endorse Lightner, even though Jordan was elected SOLELY by pro-life voters, and even though Patricia Lightner is the only pro-life candidate who can win.
- Even though she's the only electable pro-life candidate in the race, she is receiving absolutely no help from Sam Brownback, who is actually working behind the scenes to elect liberal, Mainstreet Partnership-supporting candidates.
- Neither of the US Senate candidates -- Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt -- are trying to help elect a pro-life, conservative candidate for US Congress in the 3rd District.
But Patricia Lightner has persevered.
- Concerned Women for America PAC endorsed Patricia Lightner.
- Patricia Lightner appeared on the Fred Thompson radio show.
- Nine conservative legislators have endorsed Patricia Lightner (six current, three former). Lightner's main opponent Kevin Yoder has only received the endorsement of pro-abortion State Senator Julia Lynn, who claims to be pro-life but voted for far-left State Senate leaders who are alone responsible for Kansas' status as the late-term abortion capitol of the world.
- Patricia Lightner was sought out by nationally-respected conservative pollster and consultant Kellyanne Conway, who regularly appears on Fox News.
- Jack Cashill -- a nationally-known author and the executive editor of Kansas City's top business magazine -- endorsed Patricia Lightner.
- Catholic Families for America endorsed Patricia Lightner (and co-endorsed one other of the nine candidates).
- The federal PAC "Change the Course 2010" endorsed Lightner.
- On the "ground" in Kansas City, there's no contest. Patricia Lightner is the hands-down winner with volunteers, yard signs, and door-walkers.
The winner on August 3 will either be Patricia Lightner or Kevin Yoder. Kevin Yoder:
- Opposes property rights and supports an unconstitutional use of eminent domain, for private development.
- Kevin Yoder was a DECIDING VOTE in favor of making Kansas the FIRST AND ONLY state to own and operate casinos. That is terrible public policy.
- Voted against the marriage amendment, supported by 70% of Kansans.
- He supports the use of federal taxpayer funds for human cloning. That's not pro-life, neither is it "pro-10th Amendment." Kevin Yoder is a lawyer who should better understand the US Constitution.
- He voted for socialized medicine. He voted expand S-Chip (ObamaCare light) all the way up to 250% of the poverty level, which means families of four who make over $50,000 a year and who could AFFORD private insurance, are being encouraged to drop their private insurance to get "free" insurance that's paid for by the taxpayers. This lowers the number of private insurance payers, it creates a cycle of dependency, and it leads to a larger number of families receiving lower-quality, government-run health care.
- The local pro-corruption, far-left newspaper columnist Steve Rose has endorsed Kevin Yoder, and Kevin Yoder is openly accepting and touting the endorsement. Despite the fact that Steve Rose has endorsed DEMOCRAT DENNIS MOORE for the last decade. Rose is expected to support Moore's wife, Stephene Moore, for the general election, even if Kevin Yoder wins the primary.
- Kevin Yoder voted for massive tax increases in the legislature.
- Kevin Yoder voted against the second amendment while in the legislature (laws that would over-turn local cities who wanted to ban concealed carry in parks and public places). To be fair, so did Lightner, but she has since apologized for her pre-2005 vote on this matter, while Yoder not only has NOT apologized for his pre-2005 vote, but he voted AGAIN in the same manner in 2007.
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).