Matt Salmon (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 100 percent) remains unchanged in his swashbuckling conservative philosophy and style.
Salmon has never lost his passion for shutting down the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development.
In 2002, he lost the race for governor by about one vote per precinct to Democrat Janet Napolitano, now secretary of Homeland Security. Salmon recalls the state’s campaign finance reform law, the creation of Democratic State Chairman Jim Pederson, “provided state matching funds for a candidate who was facing an opponent who wouldn’t take the state funds, as I wouldn’t. “The law even provided matching funds when an outside group backed the opponent. So that gave her [Napolitano] a big advantage. “I’m glad to say the U.S. Supreme Court finally struck down that insidious law and, had it not been on the books 10 years ago, I would have been governor.”
Sequestration is not the ‘be all, end all’ in the whole fiscal debate. The real fight will be over the continuing resolution down the line and the question of whether we continue to fund the federal government at the same level.
And the question for Republicans in Congress, he said pointedly, “is whether we are willing to partially shut the government down to get to a lower level. We have made $83 billion in cuts this year, but it’s just a start. If we don’t [cut more], we’re going to end up like Greece.”
“We had 72 Republicans come in 1994 and there were only about 11 of us who were willing to go all the way,” he said, “Now, you look at [fellow freshman Reps.] Ron DeSantis [Fla.], Doug Collins [Ga.], Tom Cotton [Ark.], and Steve Stockman, who I think walks on water. We have more patriots this time—at least 20 of us willing to do what has to be done. Things are going to happen this time.”
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