Almost 4 months ago I endorsed Manju Goel to be the Republican challenger to Tammy Duckworth in Illinois' 8th District. Since that time and because I lost to Duckworth in this gerrymandered district (specifically drawn for her) in 2012, I've had a number of folks ask me why I made an endorsement in this race. Here's the answer I've always given.
I endorsed Manju because I think she gives us the best chance to beat Duckworth. That's it.
I've endorsed ten candidates for various offices this Primary campaign and I only endorse candidates who are lovers of freedom and advocates of limited government. I know Manju well and I know she is that. I've met her primary opponent and can assume that he is fairly conservative as well. What in my mind gives Manju the best shot to beat Duckworth is the added bonus that she is Indian American and the 8th District has one of the highest percentages of Indian American voters of any Congressional District in the Country.
Indian Americans are small business owners and entrepreneurs. They should be voting Republican. To have one of their own as the candidate in this District gives us a unique chance to register Indian Americans and get them to vote Republican, helping not just Manju beat Duckworth, but helping our candidate for Governor and all the other Republican Candidates in and around the 8th District.
Remember: I'm not endorsing Manju because she is Indian American. The Democrats play that game. I'm endorsing her because she is a conservative who just so happens to be Indian American. And we Republicans need good conservatives like Allen West, and Bobby Jindahl, and Ramiro Jaurez (right here in Illinois) who can best preach conservative values to minority communities. For this great Country to survive, we can't have only us white folks believe in freedom and limited government. We need to take that message into every ethnic community. That's what the Democrats do with their message of big government dependency.
I've heard people say that Manju pulled a Democratic ballot once or twice. So what? Even if she was a Democrat at one time, which she wasn't, isn't it a good thing that she now is a freedom loving conservative? Don't we embrace converts?
I've heard people say that she's run a nasty campaign. From what I've observed there's been nastiness on both sides in this Primary fight. Look politics is tough and after everything I've been through the past 5 years, I laugh at supposed nastiness in this race.
The race to beat Duckworth is personal to me. I took on that challenge in 2012 knowing how difficult it would be to beat her in that Democratic district drawn for her in a presidential year with Obama at the top of the ticket. And still, I outperformed Mitt Romney by six points. Duckworth can be beat and she should be beat because she is a terrible representative.
Manju, I believe, give us the best chance to beat Duckworth and expand the Republican voting base to boot.
Its kind of funny. After all I've been through the past five years, everything I did and said while in Congress supporting Conservative values 100%, continuing my uncompromising support of Conservative principles on the radio, working hard to elect ten conservative candidates this primary season, I've actually had some folks question my intentions with this Manju endorsement.
Seriously? We conservatives can disagree every now and then on certain candidates and issues and not have our integrity questioned. Can't we?