Questions for OH-13 challenger Justin Wooden

Mr. Wooden, how on God’s green Earth can you continue as a member of the Democrat Party after its headlong dive last night into socialism, taxpayer-funded abortion, and blatant corruption?
Justin WoodenYou attend Tea Party rallies. You claim to be pro-life. You claim to be pro-free markets. You claim to be anti-corruption. You claim to be pro-military. You claim to be pro-gun rights. You claim to be anti-Obamacare, for Heaven’s sake. Nevertheless, your party stands in opposition to all of your proclaimed stances. Talk about cognitive dissonance! This ain’t your father’s Democrat Party. Scoop Jackson’s influence burned away decades ago.
If you first defeat Betty Sutton in the primary election for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, and if you then defeat your Republican opponent and become our Congressman, will you caucus with your party? Will you support its leaders, like Nancy Pelosi? What’s to keep you from being the new Bart Stupak, Mary Jo Kilroy, Marcy Kaptur, or … Betty Sutton?
If your party has decisively left you, if you are who you claim to be, then how can you reconcile that with your continued membership in the Democrat Party? Are you naïve? Are you hiding your true beliefs? Do you lack the courage to leave a socialist party bent on destroying our republic? Why are you a Democrat in 2010?
Explain it to me. Please.
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5:00 PM Update: How about you, Dan Moadus?

7 comments

  1. Kei

    Alo,
    I followed you over from Hillbuzz. These two are most likely only plants to draw people away from the opposition. Split a movement and they may catch some and leave even more disenchanted. Another trick is to support the least likely candidate of your opposition, then crush them at GE time.
    Have they responded to your question via e-mail?

  2. Justin Wooden

    Alo,
    Lot of questions, let me see if I can handle them in order….
    Q “How on God’s green Earth can you continue as a member of the Democrat Party after its headlong dive last night into socialism, taxpayer-funded abortion, and blatant corruption?”
    A. The last poll I saw showed that 73% of the population wanted that bill scrapped. Last time I checked the Republicans don’t make up 73% of the voting population. That means that there were PLENTY of Democrats who were betrayed by their representatives, just as much as anyone else. My allegiance is not to the party leaders, but to the voters themselves. This is what EVERY politician should be, but very few from either side are. Any of you who believe that the Republican leadership’s stance against the bill, was any more principled than the Democrat’s vote for it, is destined for a long list of heart aches. I am a Democrat and running as a Democrat, because there is a large group of people in my party that have not been faithfully represented for decades. It would have been easier to run as a Republican I am sure, or an independant, so that I wouldn’t get sniped at by the very people I stood beside at those tea parties (by the way I more than attended, I organized a tea party, oh and spoke at one). I believe that nothing worth doing is ever easy.
    Q. “If you first defeat Betty Sutton in the primary election for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, and if you then defeat your Republican opponent and become our Congressman, will you caucus with your party? Will you support its leaders, like Nancy Pelosi? What’s to keep you from being the new Bart Stupak, Mary Jo Kilroy, Marcy Kaptur, or … Betty Sutton?”
    A. Those questions need to be viewed in the light of a different paradigm. I will posit that the question is not WHAT we send to D.C. (ie R or D), but WHO we send to D.C. that is what is most important. I will ask all of those that read this blog to take a moment and think about how many of the people you will be supporting this election cycle are career politicians? How many of you STILL vote based on the money and name recognition?
    Alo, I understand you are angry and you are not alone. There are millions of people that are steaming, however we don’t want to get into a game of blaming the voters for the votes of the leadership do we? Does that mean that a Republican is for amnesty? Cap and Trade? Believe that health care is a right? Republican leaders have put forth bills for amnesty for illegal immigrants, and for cap and trade. Very influencial members of the Republican leadership have swallowed the kool aid of global warming. Scott Brown, the great Republican hope, stated that Health Care coverage is a RIGHT.
    Let’s deal with the real problem. All the fist pumping, finger pointing and yelling will not accomplish anything. It’s progressives vs conservatives. Not Republican’s vs. Democrats. There will be people that disagree, and that is their right. We will just happen to agree to disagree.
    Will I caucus with them. Yes. Will I support the leaders. Depends who the leaders are (if it’s Nancy…the answer is no). Will I be a blanket vote for anything Democrat in nature. No. Is there any guarantee of anything. No. No politician can guarantee you anything. There is no contract that they can not break, and nothing I can say will punch through the cynicism that has built up like scar tissue around your ears. Everything is wait and see. Our only chance to have change is to change the TYPE of people we have in office. Let me ask a question; if one organization is the only place you can get a certain commodity, what happens to the commodity? Monopolies lead to less quality and higher prices. Conservatives swept Republican’s into office in ’94 and what did you get? A broken contract with America. They believe that there is no where else for you to go, so they don’t CARE how much you complain. They will also do whatever they want to do. They’ve proved it before. There are principled people in the Republican party, but don’t be “naive” and imagine that there are many. The game has corrupted leaders of both parties, mark my words.
    Q. “If your party has decisively left you, if you are who you claim to be, then how can you reconcile that with your continued membership in the Democrat Party? Are you naïve? Are you hiding your true beliefs? Do you lack the courage to leave a socialist party bent on destroying our republic? Why are you a Democrat in 2010?”
    A. Just because the party left me doesn’t mean that the Republicans have embraced me. One does not lead to the other. I am sorry but all I see is a lack of intellectual integrity when you sling around words like “naive”. I know exactly what I got myself into. I know EXACTLY how hard my fight will be. I know I will be on the outside looking in, and a man with no country in D.C. That’s ok. I’m not going there to make friends. I don’t need a politicians affirmation. I am going to represent the 13th Congressional district to the best of my ability in accords with the oath I have already taken as a veteran of the United States Navy, and which I will take again, hopefully, in January of 2011.
    Alo,
    I will also point out that the Tea Parties and 912 groups are dedicated to being non partisan. We reach out to everyone. There are Democrats and union members and gays/lesbians in these groups. Christians and Atheists. Black and white. Don’t make the mistake, as many politicians do, that the Tea Parties and and 912’s will be a blanket vote for Republicans. In fact, if the Republicans take back one or both houses of congress, I think everyone is going to be shocked that the pressure WILL NOT DECREASE ONE IOTA. Every politician of every party will need to have their feet held to the fire if this is to be turned around.
    About a month ago, there was an attempt by a central committee member of the Republican party to convert me. This is what I told her. The minute the Republican party proves to me that it will stand for people of character and principle like Meade/Haney/Sharkey/Schiffer/
    Miller/Henderson, instead of people who have name recognition or money (ie Ganley/Renacci). Then we will talk. The Republicans have shown this election cycle here in Ohio that they still haven’t learned anything. They are still playing by the old rule book (Yost/Dewine)and haven’t realized the ground has shifted. They may indeed win back quite a few seats this year, but they will find that one mistep and they will wish they never ran for public office.
    Just my humble opinions,
    Justin

  3. Kei

    He said he’ll caucus with them. That right there tells you what you need to know. He is stating that the TP are non partisan/bipartisan and that is correct, but the fact that he doesn’t recognize his being a dem keeps Nazi Pelosi at top is suspect.
    He is a Tea Partier, then he could get bipartisan support to run as an indy or GOP. He should be networking. People switch parties in protest all the time, his refusal suggests his “team” is more important than his “beliefs” or his country.
    His site reads real well, it sounded just like Brad Ellsworth, Henry Cuellar, Heath Shuler, . . . all the Blue Dogs. People I supported, they say one thing but when the chips are down, they talk out of the other side of their mouth. I learned the hard way, look up Henry Cuellar (D Laredo), he is supposed to be a Blue Dog and a “fiscal conservative” . . . heh, sure. see how he voted.
    I will not support ANY dems anymore, just my humble position.
    BTW, you have a good blog, what parts of Ohio you in?

  4. Justin Wooden

    Kei,
    What would you have me to do? Caucus with the Republicans? If I run as a Democrat I will serve as a Democrat. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, or do you support what Arlen Specter did to all of the voters and donors that supported him as a Republican candidate? To me it’s an integrity issue. If you want to change parties; do it DURING an election, not after when it is convenient for you.
    I DON’T WANT TO RUN AS GOP OR INDEPENDANT. Obviously you ignored or skipped over the whole explanation of why I am running on the Democrat side.
    Also, have you ever been disappointed by Republicans? Sure you have. What do nearly all the politicians in Washington have in common? It’s their career, and they’ve been grafted into the machine since they entered politics. Kei, that is the problem we have in America. In my opinion anyways. The grand majority of politicians on both sides don’t stand on principle, they do whatever is expedient for them in the moment. In all honesty, if the public WAS behind the health care bill, how many Republicans would you have seen against it? Some to be sure, but I think you would have been surprised at how many would have voted for it.
    As far as my potential victory in November keeping Pelosi in power…and me not being aware of it. Trust me, I am aware of it. You need to understand that I live in a HIGHLY Democrat District (3-1), but highly conservative. Our district is a prime example of the disconnect between the leadership and the average voter. My point is to open debate on the Democrat side. To give those voters who are looking for options, a chance to see the contrast.
    At least give me some credit at least for not being like other politicians who would have ignored these questions, who don’t engage the voter, and who would have told you exactly what you wanted to hear.
    In the end we have to open our eyes to see that there is a difference in the political atmosphere. We can’t just allow our cynicism to be our guide. We have to measure carefully what we see, what we hear, and draw conclusions based on fact. There are a lot of people that are running for public office on both sides of the isle that are not your garden variety politician. If we don’t support those types of candidates, all we will ever have, is all we ever had. Look for the difference, don’t make assumptions. In any race. In any party.
    Just my 2 cents….
    Justin

  5. Kei

    Justin,
    Thank you for replying but I am not buying it. Sorry, no offense intended but I have heard it all before. This was supposed to be the “most ethical congress ever” and we see how it has turned out. Does the GOP have problems? absolutely, just ask a GOP’er and they’ll tell you. But to start draining the congressional swamp, we have to flush the current leadership.
    How are we to believe that you would really represent your conservative district? Really support and protect the 2nd amendment, support pro-life positions? be fiscally responsible? All that stuff on your site? We have heard it all before by the blue dogs that betrayed us. What proof is there that you wouldn’t betray OH 13 as well? There is none and as long as Nancy “Cruella Deville” Pelosi is in charge of the House, Harry Reid is Senate Majority “leader” and spineless bastards like Henry Cuellar (pro life with a 100 % NARAL rating?), Brad Ellsworth (fiscal conservative How?), Joe Donnelly, Bart Stupak (who LIED about holding out for pro life, he knew well in advance how he was going to vote), Ben “Slut” Nelson, Heath Schuler (Cap n Tax-NC), Mary Landrieu, Jon “oh he’s really a Libertarian” Tester, the list goes on. A vote for you is like a vote for them.
    Now would be the time you would run as an indy, not afterwords. Your insistence on staying a dem shows you feel party ID is more important than your convictions. My comment was for you to do it now, not later. In rereading it, I don’t know how you twisted my statement, another scary sign.
    I apologize if this seems harsh, but you know that there is nothing you will do as a dem to change the party, there is nothing you will do to get the party to respect your views and honor your district’s beliefs. Not until the dems hit rock bottom anyways and only then will there be a chance of a rebuild. Call me jaded but again, I have heard it all before, and the last time was 2 years ago. Yes I know all about choosing the best candidate and all. Why wouldn’t this be an excellent time to enlighten OH 13 about the importance of having a conservative independent representative?
    I sincerely do not have anything against you personally, my beef is with the dem party. I am not even in your district and I appreciate that you replied. However, I am an EX dem. I have given money and phone banked and told people how wonderful the blue dogs were, how they were a fire wall against the extremes of both parties. Now? I feel like a sucker who was used and I don’t trust anyone. Not even you. I will vote for whoever is running against a dem because that is the only way to get rid of Nan and Harry.
    My $.02
    H Kei

  6. Justin Wooden

    Kei,
    I am sorry that is how you feel, and I understand WHY you feel that way. I’ll do my best by you and every member of the 13th either way.
    Just do me a favor….don’t be someone who complains without doing something about the problem. Get involved with a campaign. Get involved with an issue advocacy program. Just DO SOMETHING constructive.
    If you are already, may God bless the work of your hands….
    Sincerely (whether you believe it or not),
    Justin