Election 2012: Challengers to Conaway take aim at excessive government spending
WASHINGTON — Chris Younts of San Angelo again is running for Congress despite a thorough walloping from Big Country U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway in the 2010 GOP primary.
Younts doesn’t think anything has changed since last time around — the federal government still is spending too much money.Wade Brown of May said he is vying to represent the 11th Congressional District so he can push for fiscal responsibility, but he’s against “prostituting” himself for campaign donations to win the May 29 Republican primary and go on to the Nov. 6 General Election to get that shot at reining in government spending.
Conaway of Midland said he is running for his fifth term so he can tap into his accumulated clout in Congress to work toward fiscal responsibility in the federal government — hopefully — with a Republican president and GOP-led Senate.
The candidates in the three-way race for the GOP nomination to represent a portion of the Big Country in Congress are unhappy with much the same issues: the size of government, government regulation they see as excessive and Obamacare. They’re also pro-life and pro-all sorts of energy, two issues important to West Texas residents.
Similar stances on issues leave Younts and Brown to base a chunk of their campaigns on attacking the incumbent. They seek to turn their positions as challengers with shoestring campaign budgets into advantages. That might mean talking term limits or criticizing fund-raising or past votes of the incumbent.
“I am against going out and prostituting yourself … basically saying, ‘I need your money,’ ” Brown said. “I don’t want to tell people that.”
Conaway has proven an able fund-raiser and foe who can gauge constituent mood in regular sweeps of his sprawling Big Country district. He has an incumbent’s advantages, including good deeds only a congressman and his staff can make happen.
“The folks manning the five district offices we have have done great work on behalf of individuals across this district on helping them cope with executive branch offices and agencies that impact them,” Conaway said. “That’s the work that I’m proudest of.”
On the stump, you might hear all three say
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