March, 2008 – Campaign Update

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William Murray and Senator InhofeDemocrat Bill Foster’s huge victory in the
race for Dennis Hastert’s old House seat in the Illinois special election on March 8th is
really bad news for the Republican Party. The 14th district of Illinois is
solidly Republican, and in 2004 President George W. Bush carried it by a
whopping 22 point margin over Senator John Kerry. Democrat
Bill Foster won 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for Republican
Jim Oberweis.

THE HOUSE

           

HUGE REPUBLICAN LOSS!

 

            Democrat Bill Foster’s huge victory in the
race for Dennis Hastert’s old House seat in the Illinois special election on March 8th is
really bad news for the Republican Party. The 14th district of Illinois is
solidly Republican, and in 2004 President George W. Bush carried it by a
whopping 22 point margin over Senator John Kerry. Democrat
Bill Foster won 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for Republican
Jim Oberweis. 

            Oberweis
is well known for his dairy business and his financial management company and
will run for the same seat again in November, with Foster only filling the seat
until then. Whoever wins in November keeps the seat for a full term. Oberweis
is not a good candidate and does not court social conservatives. Although he is well known and has lots of money, he
has already lost primary races twice for the U.S. Senate and once for governor. 

            It gets
worse: Hastert’s seat was one of three open GOP seats in Illinois because of GOP retirements.
Congressmen Jerry Weller and Ray LaHood are not running for reelection. Unless
John McCain makes a wise VP choice and is able to whip up real enthusiasm by
November, the  Democratic Party’s chances
of getting all three seats improve. The Weller seat is a true toss-up because
the Republican nominee favored to win has dropped out of the race. GING-PAC has
made no decisions on supporting any of the Illinois Republicans for these seats
as yet. 

REPUBLICAN HOPE IN LOUISIANA
 

            Governor
Bobby Jindal is 100% behind my good friend Woody Jenkins who is running for the
6th congressional district in Louisiana which
includes the Baton Rouge
area. Woody was cheated out of a US Senate seat in 1996 with massive fraud in New Orleans that brought Mary Landrieu to Washington, DC
instead. This led him on a campaign that helped clean up registration and
voting laws in Louisiana.
I met Woody in New Orleans
at the Council for National Policy meeting the
day before the primary which was held on March 8th. He did well, securing 49.5%
of the vote. Unfortunately he did not get 50% and now must face an April runoff
with a candidate who did not even get 25% of the vote. Then, the actual special
election will not be held until May. As soon as he wins in May be will have to
start his campaign for the November election. This was all caused by the early
retirement of Richard Baker on February 2, 2008. Woody is a solid pro-life
social conservative. 

            GING-PAC
continues to support Woody Jenkins’ campaign financially! 

THE SENATE

William J Murray with Senator Jim Inhoff            With
limited financial resources, GING-PAC must be very careful in picking both
House and Senate candidates to support in 2008. In the Senate one we must
support is Senator Jim Inhofe. Senator Inhofe has been a great help to social
conservatives in Washington,
DC
. He has traveled to Iraq to support
our troops more often than any other senator. In addition, he spends his August
recess each year in Africa taking the Gospel
message to African leaders. (Photo: William Murray and Senator Inhofe.) 

            The bad
news: the Democratic party and the extreme left, led by George Soros’
Moveon.org, have targeted Senator Inhofe for defeat. As much as $50 million
could be spent outside the campaign to defeat him. The extremists are planning
to set up fully staffed offices in Oklahoma
separate from Inhofe’s opponent to run a “defeat Inhofe” campaign. We must do
all we can to support Senator Inhofe. So far in this election cycle GING-PAC
has contributed just $2,000 to Senator Inhofe. We can do more as soon as the
funds are available. 

            There are
23 Republican Senate seats to defend in 2008 versus only 12 Democrat seats.
Unfortunately Republican leaders have put on the blinders and are ignoring a lot
of danger signs. As an example, the White House and GOP House and Senate
leaders keep telling us that there is no recession when virtually every
American knows otherwise. Many of the Republican Senate candidates are running
on 1990’s issues that the vast majority of people don’t see as important right
now. The GOP needs to quickly move to 21st century issues that have people
concerned such as our failing infrastructure and the collapse of the dollar.

PRESIDENT

 
            I had the
unfortunate experience of hearing Senator John McCain speak just after he
secured enough delegates to force Governor Mike Huckabee to withdraw from the
race. It was just pathetic. He spoke for about 10 minutes at a lunch I was
attending and then allowed questions. His theme was from the era of the 1980’s
or 1990’s, addressing none of the current concerns of Americans, other than Iraq. He did
not touch on the price of oil even though it hit a record high that day. When
asked about his faith he gave the testimony of another man instead of his own,
and this left everyone in the room scratching their heads. 

            As for
his vice presidential selection ideas, he started off his speech by telling us
what a great guy Mitt Romney is, with a “bright” future in the Republican
Party. Meanwhile Karl Rove is pushing what he calls an “M & M ticket” for
McCain and Mitt. I can think of few choices that would be more of a disaster.
If John McCain wants to insult the hundreds of thousands of people who voted
for Mike Huckabee, the best way to do it would be to pick Mitt Romney for Vice
President. A marginal Christian with a Mormon sidekick is not going to excite
social conservatives, particularly evangelicals.

            Please continue to help GING-PAC
elect pro-life social conservative candidates such as Woody Jenkins for the
House, and Senator Inhofe for the Senate. Woody Jenkins can win the run off and
the special election in Louisiana
with your help. Please send a generous year end gift to GING-PAC today. Thank
you!

 

William J. Murray, Chairman

Government Is Not
God – PAC


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