In 2006, the Democratic tidal wave took over a traditionally Republican district in upstate New York. Republican Congressman John Sweeney, a known alcoholic and later confirmed spousal abuser, lost his bid for reelection to "blue dog Democrat" Kirstin Gillibrand. She then served exactly as expected - as a more conservative Democrat, for 2 years. She received the NRA endorsement in 2008 and easily won reelection. In 2009, she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate and a special election erupted. The GOP lined up behind former Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco. The Democrats lined up behind liberal attorney Scott Murphy. The NRCC proved that an easily winnable race can rapidly become an easily lost race with the right attitude - continuous attack ads on Murphy built up his name recognition and eventually he squeaked by Tedisco. 2010 is our chance to defeat Murphy; Chris Gibson may very well be the candidate to do it.
Now, you will immediately ask - who is Chris Gibson? Gibson is a 24 year Army veteran serving out his final years of service as a Colonel. He served in Kosovo, Iraq, and right before he left the US Armed Forces, he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team during relief efforts in Haiti. In addition to his direct field service - he holds a PhD in Government and served one of his tours teaching American Politics at West Point. In 2008, Gibson wrote a textbook on military strategy entitled Securing the State.
From his background alone, Gibson is a fine civil servant. But, just because someone is highly decorated and a remarkable military veteran does not make them a solid conservative choice in a right leaning district. Gibson's platform is what does that. He opposed Obamacare and called upon Murphy to vote "No." Murphy voted "Yes." Gibson said,
This is a bad bill and we need to let it die and then start over again focusing on driving down health care costs. We need legislation that encourages increased competition and tort reform, and combats fraud, waste, and abuse. This would drive down health care costs, provide more "bottom line" for our small businesses and lead to more private sector job growth.
He was right then, and still is right. Gibson was also quick to sign onto the Club for Growth's "Repeal It" pledge. He also proudly displayed that he did right on his main webpage. Gibson also states that we can improve our economy with tax cuts, targetted tax credits, and "...enhanced information sharing..." - which I'd love to hear more about. Gibson also states that he will support measures to balance our federal budget. He also said that if elected, he would donate back to the federal government his military pension "...as a good-faith gesture that he is serious about reducing the deficit." He also wants to streamline or eliminate the Department of Education, allowing more direct aid to school disrtricts with less overhead.
Gibson is currently close to receiving the nomination pre-primary from the GOP committee. He's also been endorsed by New York conservative hero and 2006 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Faso. Gibson's got some great ideas and is more in touch with this right-leaning district than the incumbent who voted for cap and trade, Obamacare, and actively supports TARP. To recapture the House, we need solid candidates in traditionally Republican districts. I feel Gibson is one of those candidates.