Posts Tagged ‘South Carolina 1st District’

but with that crowded primary it is important to see what an individual candidate says on the issues so here are a series of questions and answer to questions from a local paper the Charleston Post and Courier:

Q1) What do you think most separates you from your eight primary opponents? What sets you apart?

Answer: When you mix motherhood, a USC education with an army paratrooper and years of experience in Local State and Federal government in South Carolina you could end up with a Congressman who is more than just a pretty face in a skirt and high heels on C-span. That’s pretty different.

Q2) Specifically, what would be the first two or three things you would do in your first year in office, if elected?

Answer: The first two or three things I intend to do is a list of about two-dozen things starting with the Economy and Jobs and a lot in-between. I don’t have to tell the people what our problems are in South Carolina – they know it, we’re almost broke from too many taxes and a lot of people are plain scared of losing the jobs they have and the answer isn’t in Washington except to get the Federal government red-tape-bureaucracy as far away from small businesses and stop taxing peoples hard earned money.

Second, we have to get our National Security Agenda on track and that starts with securing our borders because if we can send unmanned aircraft drones thousands of miles away to take out targets in Afghanistan we can certainly build a fence along our border with Mexico. Arizona is on the right track and the Federal Governments policies on borders, visas and immigration is screwed up.

Third, I intend to reintroduce my fellow Congressman – especially Speaker Nancy Pelosi – to the U.S. Constitution, and I figure after a while even Pelosi will get tired of me whistling Dixie to her and learn something about us Carolina girls ability to stand our ground up-close and personal.

Q3) What do you consider your single most important experience that has prepared you to serve in Congress?

Answer: I’d say the single most important thing was my years as a U.S. Congressional Field Representative for the First District which gave me a ton of experiences about our needs and the needs of the average person in the district. That experience shaped my principles: As a congressman I won’t just be representing the right, left or either extreme or the people in the middle – I will represent all the people of my district and that includes the richest businessmen and it includes single-moms with kids who are trying to get them through school to educate them and the ordinary people like me who go to work and pay their taxes and wished their government wasn’t so dang big.

Government is supposed to be about people. I’ve always thought that the bigger the government, the smaller the individual – and that one small voice is always important, because when we lose that, we lose what the American dream is all about.

Q4) What do you feel has been the most overlooked issue in this campaign?

Answer: I think that when fifty percent of your jobs and working people are involved with the Tourism Economy which I call “Industry without Smoke Stacks’ I figure that issue should be up there on the list with the Ports of Georgetown and Charleston harbors. I felt that issue was overlooked and it needs to be part of the conversation – it only came up in the context of the Louisiana Oil Spill and like it on not, tourism is what we do best: Carolina Sun, Sand and Food and Charleston hospitality is who we are.

…Katherine Jenerette picks an endorsement from Warriors for Congress. And these people are picky:

Warriors for Congress will help a select group of Congressional candidates who have served honorably with the U.S. Armed Forces. These candidates have sworn to protect the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic, and they must act on that oath and uphold it. They must understand that the Constitution is the basis for the free society in the United States in which citizens have the God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Warriors for Congress will vet candidates, interview them, and ensure that they want to stop deficit spending; refuse to increase the weight of the government on our citizens; stand ready to protect American citizens and America’s security anywhere in the world; fight tax increases, refuse to vote for or enact any law that does not also apply to Congressional members; and understand explicitly that, if elected, they work for the citizens, not the other way around.

There are only eight candidates they are endorsing nationally, it’s quite an honor to be one of them. In a field as crowded as this one that can make a huge difference.

I’ve written quite a bit about Katherine Jenerette’s campaign for the SC-1 seat for a guy who lives in north central Massachusetts, but if you want to actually hear what she has to say in her own words in front of the voters who will actually decide if she will represent them, here is your chance…

I must admit I have a soft spot for her, particularity when I see comments like this on articles:

Ironic. If the Cradle-to-Grave-ObamaCare goes down in flames, it won’t be due to powerful Washington players or big money.
It will be the voices of thousands of unborn children and some brave Congressman who stood their ground concerning Federal Funding with Tax Dollars and those unborn children.
Babies and Taxes Dollars and Power. Who would have thought it?

For someone who has been fighting planned parenthood in Fitchburg, words like this are music to my ears.

…a tea party in South Carolina but Katherine Jenerette was there and provided a few photos via her facebook account.

All images are courtesy of Katherine Jenerette and are reprinted with permission.

Local coverage is provided here:

Seven of the Republican candidates vying for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Henry Brown spoke at the event, including Mark Lutz, S.C. Rep. Tim Scott, Carroll Campbell III, Stovall Witte, Katherine Jenerette, Larry Kobrovsky, and Clark Parker. Each repeated core principals of the tea party throughout the event, including smaller government, less spending, Christian values and a stronger national defense, often to a crowd-wide positive response.

As for Jenerette:

North Myrtle Beach resident Jenerette, a military officer who has run for Republican office several times, said she was running for Congress to stand up against big spending, complicated legislation, and to repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution.

She also argued against firearms registration and conceal and carry permits.

It’s hard to stand out in such a crowded field, I think Jenerette’s decision to attend CPAC and to rub elbows with bloggers like myself was a very good move in that respect. That is a question of showing initiative. It would certainly have been worth the while of the other potential candidates to do so.

Of course being on the right side of the tea party groups never hurts either.

If you missed our initial interview on with Katherine Jenerette it is available here, Smitty’s interview is here.