Conservative Republican Howie Lind announced his campaign for U.S. Senate today.
Lind is running for the right to face Mark Warner in the 2014 Senate race. Below is the letter that went out to Republicans across the Commonwealth this morning:
Dear Fellow Republican:
I’m writing to ask for your support for the Republican nomination to defeat Senator Mark Warner in next year’s election.
Senator Warner’s 100 percent pro-Obama voting record – support for ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, Dodd-Frank, Amnesty for Illegal Aliens, Gun Control, unrestricted abortion, higher taxes, weakness on defense, and the assault on our Constitutional Freedoms – does not represent Virginia values.
People say that Mark Warner’s warchest and alleged “popularity” makes him “safe” – I don’t buy that. I know that a strong conservative opponent who draws a line in the sand and stands up for what we believe will win.
I will be that candidate, and I hope you will consider joining my team today.
Mark Warner and Barack Obama do not scare me. What scares me is their agenda for America. No one else has stepped up to take them on. I am the only candidate who has filed to run for this office.
And with your help, I will win.
I’m starting now nearly a year before the convention that will pick our nominee because this campaign needs to get going now. I’m hoping that besides committing your personal endorsement for my candidacy, that you also consider an individual contribution of $100, $250, $500, or even $1000, or even joining the Finance Committee with your maximum allowable contribution of $2600 per person.
Mark Warner has deep pockets. I don’t ever expect to match him dollar-for-dollar. But I do expect to raise enough money to expose his radical left agenda for every Virginian to see.
Senator Warner has remained silent and disgracefully indifferent while four brave Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador, were abandoned and died in the field of battle at Benghazi, Libya. And he stood idly by while the White House covered up this atrocity. He has stood silent while the military has failed in its most basic obligation to support the widows and children of the 13 dead soldiers killed by a radical Islamist in Fort Hood, Texas. And he has watched helplessly while the defense budget is cut to ribbons both on the battlefield and right here in Virginia.
As a 20 year military veteran, a former Naval officer, a father of four, and a proud Virginian, I simply cannot – I will not – sit by while one of the most irrelevant and inconsequential senators in modern Virginia history seeks to do even further damage to our nation.
I am a liberty-loving, constitutionally-grounded conservative. Many of you who know me from my leadership in the Republican Party of Virginia, and you already know I don’t back down from what I think. I’m ready to take the arrows, because I’m going to fire right back. This is going to be the most exciting U.S. Senate race of our lifetimes. It’s an election too important to lose.
I look forward to working with Republicans across Virginia as we support and work for victory this year. I also hope to be in every county and district in the Commonwealth this year and next, and I look forward to seeing and visiting with you personally.
Please feel free to contact me anytime at email@example.com if you have any questions about my candidacy or want to pledge your support.
Republican for U.S. Senate
P.S. I refuse to accept that Mark Warner “cannot be beat.” I cannot believe Virginians when given a clear choice will support a 100 percent pro-Obama liberal over a strong conservative who speaks out loudly and boldly for the values you and I hold dear. I look forward to your support. Thank you.
P.P.S. Contribute by donating online or by check made out to: Howie Lind for Senate; and mailed to: Howie Lind for Senate, P.O. Box 878, McLean, VA 22101.
P.P.P.S. Please visit my website at www.howielind.com to sign up for campaign updates and to contribute to my campaign.