I’m Scott Tipton, and I would be honored to have your vote Nov. 2. I’m running for Congress because I want to do all I can to preserve the American dream for my children and yours. My wife Jean and I have been married 27 years. We have two wonderful daughters — Elizabeth, who’s attending college in California, and Liesl who lives with her husband, Chris, an Air Force pilot, in Nevada. We’re very proud parents who want to ensure our children grow up with the same opportunities we enjoyed when Jean and I looked forward to starting a family. Like you, we want to leave our children with an America that’s a little bit better than we found it — a country that continues to reward hard work, a country that keeps its citizens safe and one that frees every one of us to rise to our potential, no matter the endeavor.
I think 2010 is a defining election for our country; a far-reaching decision that will chart the course of our country for years to come. Our next Congress will be making tough decisions that will set us on one of two courses: one with burgeoning government deficits, debt and spending — or one that reduces government, reins in spending, addresses the debt and lowers taxes. Like most common sense Americans of both parties, I’ll fight every day for the latter alternative.
This campaign to unseat Congressman John Salazar is not at all personal. In fact, I truly think Salazar went to Washington six years ago very determined to do good things for our district and our country. But Salazar quickly lost his way. He forgot us here in Colorado when the Democratic Party leadership needed his vote to continue exorbitant federal spending. He voted for the $787 billion stimulus bill that’s added debt and killed jobs. He voted for ObamaCare, a 2,000-plus page bill that is making businesses think twice about hiring new employees. He voted for union “card check” legislation that would prevent union members from using a secret ballot. He voted to extend the bank bailouts — a proven failure to get the economy moving again. It seems Congressman Salazar is more beholden to the national Democratic leadership than his own constituents.
The latest example of Salazar’s conflicting loyalties was just last month. On Sept. 15, Congressman Salazar signed a letter along with 30 other Democrats urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for one year. In a statement touting his strong support of tax cuts, Salazar said tax cuts would, “give families and small businesses the confidence and stability they need during a recovering economy.” But just two weeks later, Salazar voted to adjourn the House, even though a vote on tax cuts had not yet been taken. He was among a few House Democrats to sign the letter urging tax cuts and vote for adjournment to avoid doing so — a clear example of posturing one way and voting another.
In 1979, my brother Joe and I started a retail pottery business in our hometown of Cortez with a $10,000 loan. As many of you know, it isn’t easy getting a business up and running. You start with a great idea, you take on some risk, and then you work night and day to see your vision achieved. I remember we carried around an old briefcase with samples that we’d take with us to potential customers. We’ve certainly come quite a long way since, and I’m proud of what we achieved — 22 employees, a loyal customer base and an international reputation for high quality products.
It’s this background in business that uniquely qualifies me to represent you in Washington. Often in business, you have continue to provide a quality product at a competitive price despite what might be happening in the economy. Imagine in the midst of a serious recession a small business that raised their prices, gave each employee an exorbitant raise, and took on more debt than they could ever pay back. How long would that business continue to provide for its customers? As a small businessman, I’ve made the tough decisions that kept us meeting a payroll, balancing our budget, re-investing our profits back into the business and put our customers first. That’s the common sense approach I’ll take with me if I’m honored to serve you in Washington. Thank you for your consideration of my views and my candidacy.
State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, is running for the 3rd Congressional District.