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"I'm relieved that Congress didn't send our country into default, but we shouldn't have needed an 11th hour vote to avoid that. Congressman Benishek voted to shut down the government and then took our country to the brink of economic default. He showed us everyday for the past sixteen, that he will put his party ahead of what is best for this country. That kind of partisanship is exactly why Washington is broken. I'm running for Congress because it's time we had a representative in Washington who knows they are there to serve the families in Northern Michigan, not a political party.
“Rather than working to come up with reasonable solutions, Washington continues the gridlock that has taken us just hours from a government shutdown,” said Jerry Cannon. “This kind of brinksmanship hurts our seniors, military personnel, veterans and the small businesses that drive the economic engine of northern Michigan. This overly political effort is a major failure by Congress to fulfill its duty of doing what’s right for the country.”
I’m worried about our country. Throughout a life of service, I’ve not only believed in the American dream, but I’ve lived it. I served my country in Vietnam, Cuba and Iraq. Because of that service, I was able to come home and get an education, serve my community and comfortably raise a family. I have no reason to be anything but grateful and optimistic. But the recent actions of more than a few in Washington have me gravely concerned.
The party has mounted a concerted push to recruit military veterans to run in next year's midterm, figuring it's a lot harder for Republicans to caricature people who've donned their country's uniform as Obama-loving liberals.