Election 2012: Neugebauer just one Washington official District 19 challenger …
WASHINGTON — Chris Winn isn’t just running against U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer. He’s taking on everybody in Congress in a last-minute bid for the Republican nomination for the 19th Congressional District seat.
Consider yourself warned, President Barack Obama, because every incumbent in Washington is a target in Winn’s campaign to represent Abilene and other Big Country counties in Congress.
Winn is no stranger to national and state politics. Winn stepped down after four years as chairman of the Lubbock County Republican Party to run for Congress. But the cotton farmer with 30 years of harvests under his belt is short on campaign cash to back his quest to scour Capitol Hill of current lawmakers and restore trust in Washington.
Winn is, however, flush with criticism of the conservative Republican incumbent seeking his fifth full term. He took shots based on Neugebauer’s wealth and family yacht, the “Funraiser,” harbored in Washington.
In response, Neugebauer pointed to his conservative voting record as proof he’s true to his district and looked askance at the badmouthing of Americans for achieving success.
Neugebauer faces a primary opponent for the first time since his election in 2003, but the real-estate developer and homebuilder turned congressman was battle-hardened early on, surviving a series of brutal elections within 18 months of each other.
Neugebauer didn’t fire back at Winn, but he did talk about continuing a quest of his own.
He isn’t just loading up his own campaign war chest, but he also has cash to spare to help other like-minded candidates get elected to Congress.
Both the incumbent and the challenger see problems in Washington.
Winn said Washington has sparked fear, anxiety and distrust based on concerns over accountability and responsibility in fiscal issues ranging from balancing the budget to the financial meltdown.
“We definitely can’t continue with the policies that we’re operating right now because they’re broke, and government’s broken,” he said.
Winn wants to clean house in Washington by getting rid of all incumbents — Republican and Democrat, he told radio hosts at Lubbock radio station KYFO Newstalk 790 AM.
Neugebauer is also focused on fiscal issues.
Getting the federal government’s financial household back in order is his
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