I Endorse John Shadegg For Majority Leader

For whatever it’s worth, I support John Shadegg as a replacement for Tom DeLay. Want to know why you should support him, too? Here’s the very first paragraph from his bio:

“John Shadegg has represented Arizona’s Third Congressional District since 1994. He has established a reputation in Congress as a leading advocate for reduced government spending, federal tax relief, and the re-establishment of state and individual rights.”

Sound pretty good?

Well, he’s also serious about border enforcement, too:

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“The United States will have new tools to fight terrorists, human smugglers, and drug smugglers after two amendments were added to the border security bill today.

The amendments, sponsored by House Policy Chairman John Shadegg, increase the penalties for forging documents – especially if the forgeries are used by drug smugglers or terrorists – and allows prosecutors to go after money launderers who work for human smugglers.

“Securing our border is vital to national security,” Shadegg said. “These are serious crimes, and our law enforcement agencies and courts need to be able to treat them effectively.”

The first amendment increases the penalty to at least 25 years for document fraud committed to facilitate an act of international terrorism, and increases the maximum sentence from 20 to 40 years for document fraud committed in drug trafficking.

The same amendment also adds 15 years to the prison sentence of an illegal immigrant who commits a crime of violence or drug trafficking, if that illegal immigrant was already ordered to leave the United States for committing a crime here. Any illegal immigrant who commits any violent or drug trafficking-related crime will also have 5 years added to his or her prison sentence.

The second amendment adds “human smuggling” to the list of crimes in the federal money laundering laws. Human smuggling is a fast-growing category of crime which brings in an estimated $10 billion a year.

“If we want to secure our border, we must get serious about the penalties for border-related crimes,” Shadegg said. “These are common-sense changes to deal with reality on the border.”

Then there’s this:

“The Enumerated Powers Act, H.R. 2458, requires that all bills introduced in the U.S. Congress include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which the law is being enacted. This measure will force a continual re-examination of the role of the national government, and will fundamentally alter the ever-expanding reach of the federal government.”

Now most of you are probably thinking, “This guy sounds pretty good, but does he really have a chance to become Majority Leader?”

Absolutely! Shadegg is no lightweight. He has a power base in the House that gives him a real chance to win:

“Shadegg was recently elected Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking position in the House Leadership. He is the only member of the Republican Class of 1994 currently serving in Leadership.

From 2000 to 2002, Congressman Shadegg served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest conservative organization in the House of Representatives. Under Shadegg’s leadership, the organization grew from 40 to more than 70 members, and became the most influential and respected force in the U.S. House shaping conservative policy for the country.”

John Shadegg is exactly the type of guy conservatives should want running things in the House of Representatives. He’s honest, he’s conservative, and he has proven that the principles we believe in really mean something to him.

That why I endorse John Shadegg for Majority Leader.

*** Update #1 ***: Shadegg’s lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union is 98 out of 100.

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