Many are asking: When will you make a final decision on entering the 2nd Congressional District race?
The short answer is soon, most likely within the next 30 days. I want very much to run and to serve but first we must finalize our basic organization ensuring we have a strong statewide team in place, our fundraising plan on track, and complete the due diligence necessary to support a winning campaign.
History is clear — it was not an excess of government but rather the lack of government oversight, and an excess of corporate greed that caused the great financial collapse of 2008. It is well past time to take our government back from the corporate interests that now hold the reins of power in Washington DC.
Government has failed to protect the people and government has repeatedly simply fallen into line behind the wishes and desires of those who have the money. Our government allowed the big banks, investment houses and insurance companies reap billions of dollars in profits using highly speculative methods and then when their house of cards began to fall – government bailed them out. In addition big oil continues to pollute, pharmaceutical companies continue to sell us more drugs even while blocking health care reform, and the Halliburtons of the world reap obscene profits off the death and destruction of our wars.
I have spent over 20 years owning and operating a small business and over 12 years serving in public office. I understand the need for businesses to generate a profit and operate without unnecessary interference from government, but I also believe in government’s role in protecting the rights of everyday working people and our natural environment. I am willing to ask the tough questions, increase government oversight when appropriate and hold big business accountable.
My prospective opponent in the Congressional race is of the opposite bent. There is no question that Mufi Hannemann has been a close ally to corporate interests for his entire political career and benefitted from their generosity in return. He is a friend and a strong advocate for those same corporate interests that have protected the wealth of the top 1% while ignoring the plight of the 99%. Take a look at his fundraising records and you will find a veritable who’s who of powerful corporate insiders.
I would fight tirelessly on your behalf. My goal is to not just reduce the impacts of budget cuts to vital health, human services and environmental protections but to seek ways to improve these benefits and protections. If government is to provide incentives to business then it should go to support small business and local entrepreneurship. I will not hesitate to cut corporate entitlements, wasteful tax credits and increase taxes on the top 1% if that is what it takes to accomplish this.
Mufi Hannemann will not go against the businesses and benefactors that have groomed and supported him for all these years. Of this you can be sure.
So I face a choice, but you face one as well. You can help me do what is in my heart and soul which is to serve your interests in Congress, or you can choose the status quo and politics as usual.
Gary L. Hooser