Efforts to persuade delegates should be done in public and consist of information. Nothing else. Arguments made should also be made to the general public. To that end, here is a letter I sent to uncommitted delegate candidates in the 15th.
I believe a strong case can be made for my candidate based on #factsnotattacks. Once you get past rhetoric, negativity, pavlovian talking points and sloganizing of primary season and begin to dig down, one Republican candidate stands out leaps and bounds as the adult in the room. That’s Gov. Kasich.
I’ll also say I appreciate delegate candidates like Robert Smith and Dean Browning who maintain open dialogue on social media. I’ve seen a number of candidates go the extra mile across the state. Much appreciated. Also thanks to fellow Kasich supporter Melissa Anderson for working together with me on this letter. Responses to this letter influence who I support tomorrow. Being a part of a democracy means doing homework. This was my homework.
April 24, 2016
Congratulations on your selection to appear on the 2016 Republican Primary Ballot for the 15th Congressional District. As a registered Republican voter in this district, I write to inquire about your candidate affiliation for the 2016 Republican Convention.
Who do you intend to support on the first ballot of the Convention? As a voter I am okay with a pledge to support whoever wins the district during the first round of voting. After that however, I am also ok with delegates voting their conscience.
My question is this: If you can not vote for that candidate, if that candidate becomes invalid or unrealistic in subsequent rounds of voting – who then would be your second and third choices?
How would you rank Gov. Kasich, Donald Trump and Sen. Cruz? Are there any of the three you would not vote for. Who is your personal preference?
I support Gov. John Kasich to be our nominee for 2016 and have included some material for you to review. I support Gov. Kasich because:
- Gov. Kasich has the experience to lead America and govern as President on Day 1
- Served 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, including 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and as House Budget Chairman
- Elected twice as the Governor of Ohio
- Served 4 years in the Ohio with a 60%+ approval rating.
- He has a successful track record solving the issues confronting Americans today
- Balanced Federal Budget
- Cut taxes by $5,000,000,000 in Ohio
- Eliminated $8,000,000,000 budget shortfall and created $2,000,000,000 surplus in Ohio
- Created over 400,000 jobs in Ohio
- Spearheaded a program in OH giving small business owners a 75% reduction in earned income taxes. This deduction is the centerpiece of a major tax reform package initiated by Ohio Governor John Kasich. *As a small business owner myself this is a very important measurable result to see.
- Supports and protects those most vulnerable in society including the unborn, the mentally ill, and addicted
- Committed to ensuring our children grow up in an environment of optimism and opportunity
- He can win in a general election against Sen. Clinton. He can deliver a Republican win in Ohio.
- Won Ohio Primary. Reelected as governor there in 2014 winning 86/88 voting districts.
There are many false rumors, outright lies and misconceptions circulated by others regarding John Kasich. I would like to correct those:
“Gov. Kasich accepted money from George Soros.” FALSE.
Gov. Kasich has never accepted money from George Soros.
This outright lie which has been spread by competing campaigns has been debunked and disproven over many outlets time and time again.
“Gov. Kasich supports Obamacare/ACA.” FALSE.
Gov. Kasich does not support Obamacare/ACA. He opposes it. In fact, he sued the federal government to block it, rejected a state exchange, rejected a federal takeover of Ohio’s insurance regulations, and rejected a federal takeover of Ohio’s Medicaid eligibility process. He only accepted certain federal funds under Obamacare to ensure coverage for 600,000 Ohio residents under the program. That decision was a financial one to save Ohio money by ensuring that those uninsured could received the health and medical care they need.
“Gov. Kasich supports Common Core.” FALSE.
Gov. Kasich supports returning federal education programs to the states. He also supports vouchers and charter schools. At his core and most relevant to the common core issue, Gov. Kasich is a staunch supporter of the 10th amendment. In fact at the core of his entire platform is returning power to the states. “If I were president, I’d take 104 federal programs, bundle them into four buckets, and send them back to the states, because fixing schools rests at the state and the local level, and particularly at the school board
“Gov. Kasich caused the 2008 financial crash as an employee of Lehman Bros.” FALSE.
Gov. Kasich did not work on Wall Street. He was an employee in a two person Lehman satellite office in Ohio, and he credits this experience with helping him to understand business and how it operates: “I learned how entrepreneurs worked; I learned how boards of directors think.”
“Gov. Kasich won’t appoint conservative judges.” FALSE.
Gov. Kasich is the only candidate with experience appointing conservative judges. As a governor, he has extensive experience with judicial appointments at all levels of the judiciary in Ohio, including appointing Judith French to the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2012. His judicial appointment philosophy is reflected in his appointment of now Justice Judith L. French, who stated that the Ohio Supreme Court is the “backstop” to enacted Republican policies and emphasized the importance of Republican conservative appointees.
“Gov. Kasich isn’t really a conservative.” FALSE.
Gov. Kasich, unlike other candidates, is a lifelong Republican and has a proven track record of implementing conservative ideals successfully. He cut taxes, increased jobs through the free market, cut bureaucratic red tape, balanced the federal budget, brought jobs back from overseas, returned educational control to the state and local levels and enabled parent choice with vouchers and charter schools, respects the sanctity of life, supports our veterans, and protects the Second Amendment. Gov. Kasich has been endorsed by the NRA with an “A” rating.
I look forward to learning more about your positions on the candidates for presidential nominee. For ease of reply, please feel free to email me with your response. Please also feel free to contact me if you’d like to learn more about why I support Gov. Kasich. Thank you for your time.
Ron W. Beitler
5540 Lower Macungie Rd.
Macungie, PA 18062
(610) 762 2684
1 See http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2016/apr/04/trusted-leadership-pac/no-george-soros-not-bankrolling-john-kasichs-campa/
2 See https://www.johnkasich.com/healthcare/ (“Obamacare is the Wrong Diagnosis and Must Be Repealed and Replaced” (emphasis in original)).
3 See https://www.johnkasich.com/education/ (“Education is Local; No Federal Learning Standards” (emphasis in original)).
4 See http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-22/john-kasich-says-his-time-at-lehman-brothers-helped-him-understand-how-business-works
5 See http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/10/27/justice-french-defends-comments.html