Running for Congress is a tough task. It requires immense amounts of energy, time, and resourcefulness. Above all else, it requires a belief in American values and the conviction to stand for your principles. I know because I was once a candidate.
Several months ago Joe Rooney came to my office to talk about his decision to run for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. I could instantaneously see a familiar look in his eye. I grew up the son of a U.S. Marine and knew that when he said he was committed to doing what it takes to win this race, the fighter pilot in front of me meant it. We went on to talk about other aspects of the campaign and his politics. Through that conversation and many more since then, I have concluded that Joe Rooney is the right guy to represent the 13th Congressional District in Congress; and I offer him my full support in his race to unseat Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.
Joe understands, first and foremost, that this election is about jobs and the economy. President Ronald Reagan once famously said that the government’s views on the economy could be quickly summarized: “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” Government has grown well beyond its intended purpose, spent on an unsustainable level, and thinks that it has the answer to all of our problems. Congresswoman Schwartz and her ally, President Obama, believe that our problems can be solved by taxing, spending, and subsidizing our way out of it. Joe understands that the way out of this mess is to get government out of the way, decrease regulation and keep taxes low, and generally let Americans do what they do best – look out for themselves and get this economy humming again.
The other issue that matters most to me in this election is national security. As a retired Marine pilot (married to a Navy pilot), he truly understands what it means to serve and the myriad of threats the United States faces. We must address growing crises in Syria, Iran, and other global hotspots. These are problems that require sobering analysis and real life solutions. Unlike the Democrats, Joe understands that the world can be an unpleasant place at times and we are at war with an enemy that will not simply agree to disagree. Joe is ready to make sound decisions about what I anticipate will be significant national security issues in the next 2-4 years.
Finally, Joe is a family man and good citizen. In a day and age when politicians talk about their careers in Washington, this counts for something in my evaluation. I prefer people whose mindset remains that of service to this great nation. Joe wants to do what is right for his family and his country. He is not interested in going to Washington as a place to park himself for the next 20 years.
For all of these reasons, and many more, I support Joe Rooney for Congress. I strongly urge those living in the 13th Congressional District to do the same by going to his website to donate and volunteer.