“I believe the Constitution was meant to serve as a set of handcuffs for the government. We ought to throw the government up against a wall and cuff ‘em. That’s what they need.” California Assemblyman and Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Donnelly
This month California Assemblyman and candidate for the office of Governor of California, Tim Donnelly, spoke to the Tri-City Tea Party in Vista, CA. Donnelly fired up the group with his hopeful, heartfelt, honest and insightful message. He spoke of overzealous, out of control Child Protective Services (CPS) workers that raided a family’s home for simply seeking a second medical opinion for their baby. Contrast that with the travesty of the death of young Gabriel Fernandez who CPS had documentation was abused and yet didn’t intercede before little Gabriel was killed at the hand of his abuser. Donnelly is keying in on and doing something about fixing the problems in California that resonate with its citizens.
Assemblyman Donnelly spoke of the problem of putting up insincere candidates that don’t address what matters to citizens: “Too often, the party that’s supposed to represent our values and our principles puts up candidates that don’t.”
Tim’s words reminded me of hearing Pat Caddell speak of consultants that run campaigns primarily for the purpose of making money, not for the goal of winning and not for, as Tim points out, standing on principle. On this issue Assemblyman Donnelly said, “I believe that we can win this and I don’t believe that we ought to go out with any other intention than to win the election, but the WAY that we win it matters. And when we involve a huge number of people, when we do a grassroots campaign, when we stand up and organize on issues and principles, then all of a sudden everybody knows what you’re going to do when you’re in office. You communicate that to them. You telegraph that to them. You make them promises, but you have to follow through.”
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