RogueOn Minnesota endorses Tom Emmer for Governor.
Tom Emmer has shown himself to be a passionate conservative, espousing the values that conservatives are looking for in a leader today.
Norann Dillon, Senate candidate for SD43 shared this email from a delegate from HD43A:
To My Conservative Friends:
Tonight I attended two meet & greets with the GOP candidates. First Marty Siefert, who sounded great. He said everything right, except for one thing that he quickly retracted. Without thinking first, he referred to himself as a career politician. Then, I said, he quickly pulled back from that. He walks and talks like a conservative. And his record is pretty good. But he’s still a politician…and politicians are fond of compromise, once elected.
I went to Emmer’s meeting, thinking he had better be pretty good, to top Siefert.
It wasn’t even close! Siefert talked about jobs and shrinking government…we all wanted to hear that. Emmer talked about those things, too. But he went clear into the next dimension when he started talking about economic freedom and personal liberty. Siefert never got near these issues.
Many people, including Siefert, will tell you that these candidates are really almost the same. I can tell you, personally, from listening and talking to them both…that’s just not true. A couple of facts: The Minnesota Legislative Evaluation Assembly (LEA bases its evaluation on the traditional American principles of constitutionalism, limited government, free enterprise, legal and moral order with justice and individual liberty and dignity) consistently honors Emmer…but has honored Siefert only once. And the Tax Payer’s League of Minnesota gives Emmer a 100% rating for 2009 (I believe lifetime ratings for Emmer and Siefert are 98% and 78% respectively. That’s the stats, but…
I can also tell you that both Siefert and Emmer were gracious and articulate. Where Emmer was also passionate, genuine and principled. Now, don’t misconstrue my characterizations as critical of Siefert. Not at all. He would probably make a good governor. I suspect something like Pawlenty, without the green streak. But Emmer would make a great governor!
To be honest, smaller government, economic opportunity, and personal freedoms are all right at the top of my issues list. And I got involved as a delegate this year to make sure we have candidates that reflect those values. But perhaps even more important than that, I’d feel better about voting for Joe Sixpack than a career politician. After 14 years in the state legislature, I’m not sure Siefert could go back to teaching. I think he needs politics. Emmer, on the other hand, along with a partner, still runs a law firm with 30 employees. He’s licensed to practice law in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. And, Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine has repeatedly named Tom Emmer a “Minnesota Super Lawyer”. Only the top five percent of all Minnesota lawyers are granted this honor as voted upon by their peers.
Bottom line, Tom doesn’t need politics, and in fact, looking over at his wife Jackie, he confessed that he was a reluctant candidate for governor. Not that he isn’t in it 150%, but he’s doing it for the future of his seven kids…he’s doing it because it’s the right thing to do.
I urge you to go to his website…contribute if you can. I urge you to vote for him, if you are a delegate…and if we are able to get him on our side of the ticket I certainly urge you to vote for him as our next governor.
As governor, Tom will continue to fight for our conservative values just as he has done in the House:
Tom has been a consistent vote and voice against tax increases.
- 100% rating from the Taxpayer’s League of Minnesota the last three years.
- Highest lifetime rating among the front-runners for governor.
Tom has led the fight for individual rights and state sovereignty.
- Authored the Health Care Freedom Act (HF 171) which would allow Minnesota to opt-out of “ObamaCare”.
- Authored the Firearms Freedom Act (HF 2376) which protects Minnesotans rights against intrusive federal regulations.
Tom has stood for common-sense energy policies.
- He was one of ten legislators and the ONLY front-runner for governor to take a stand against Minnesota’s version of Cap and Trade (SF 4, 2007).
Tom has been a consistent vote for protecting life and traditional marriage.
RogueOn Minnesota urges you to support Tom Emmer’s campaign for Governor.