Open Letter to Erick Erickson and Red State: I accept

  • Monday, June 3, 2013
  • Source: Red State
  • by: Rob Maness

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In response to Erick Erickson's call for principled conservative candidates to challenge and disrupt the Establishment ... I accept.


Rob Maness
Candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana

WANTED: Disruptive Candidates

This year will be the 5th RedState Gathering. We will meet the first weekend in August in New Orleans, LA. Five years ago we introduced the nation to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Nikki Haley, Michael Williams, Ken Cuccinelli, Karen Handel, and more.

In 2010, we worked hard for Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ken Buck, and others.

This year I am struggling to find good, disruptive candidates to challenge the established ways of Washington. The 2012 defeat, which some of us had predicted back in 2011, has gone exactly as I thought it would. Good candidates have turned their backs and gone to focus on their families and what’s left of their businesses.

We’re going to have awesome speakers: Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, Ken Cuccinelli, Jim Bridenstine, and more. But they are elected already. Where are the disruptive outsiders who want to join their ranks? They are much harder to find now than in 2010 or even 2012. (By the way, have you registered for the Gathering yet?)

Most of the candidates running in 2014 are running because they want to go to Washington, not because they want to go blow up the system.

The secret of Washington, DC is that the leadership of both parties collaborate within the same system. Both parties are tools of big business. Both parties are tools of banks. Both parties want to pick winners and losers. The rhetoric of the Republican leadership in Washington is that the problem is Democrats in charge of government and not government itself.

The ideas peddled by the Republican leadership in Washington are small and unoriginal. Their preference in policy and politics is for the voters to let Republicans manage the leviathan that Democrats create, instead of slaying the leviathan. There are multiple paths forward as conservative populists, but the GOP would rather manage than lead.

The only way to change this is to find disruptive candidates. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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