Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Yo Rep Stutzman, the Senate needs you!
Let's keep our fingers crossed. In my opinion Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana's 3rd congressional district (mostly Fort Wayne) is the best candidate in the Indiana delegation to replace Sen. Dan Coats who will not be seeking reelection. A farmer by vocation Stutzman was elected to the Indiana General Assembly at the age of 26. In 2008 he declared his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the US Senate before Evan Bayh announced he would not run. Were it not for the meddling of the national Republican Party he would likely be in the senate now but national party leaders and busy bodies such as Dick Morris prevailed on Coats to run again for a job he had retired from once. He finished second to Coats in a 5 candidate field.
Following the resignation Rep. Mark Souder in 2010 over some hanky panky with a staffer Stutzman was elected to congress in a special election where he has been a credit to the Tea Party movement and a pain in Speaker Boehner's ass. He supported the government shutdown in 2013 and very recently presided over the creation of a budget that balanced in 6 years. As head of the Republican Study Committee Budget and Spending Task Force Stutzman produced a budget that reformed Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and added to defense spending. It took a parliamentary maneuver on the part of Speaker Boehner who invoked the "Queen of the Hill" rule to defeat it but it did get 132 Republican votes which is more than any of the 5 alternative budgets.
This guy is worth getting excited over. Come on, Mr. Stutzman your country needs you!