While I have been outspoken in my support of Carly Fiorina’s bid for the United States Senate, this blog has yet to endorse either of the two Republican candidates vying for the opportunity to take on one of the Senate’s most liberal and ineffective members.
In the contest for Virginia’s Eighth Congressional district, however, we here at GayPatriot are now prepared to make our first endorsement in the 2010 elections, supporting a principled conservative who happens to be openly gay to defeat one of the House’s most liberal and ineffective members, that is, if you don’t count how effective he has been in sucking up campaign cash in exchange for political favors. Along with his fellow Democrats John Murtha and Pete Visclosky, Jim Moran,the incumbent in that district “received hefty campaign contributions from [lobbying firm] PMA and its clients and who approved millions of dollars in earmarks for those companies.”
Matthew Berry is a far different sort of man than this corrupt Democrat. Unlike Moran, Berry sees politics are an arena in which to promote his ideas rather than an environment in which to enrich himself. I have known Matthew for nearly fourteen years and in that time, have been impressed with his intellect and ideas. He has long believed in the principles of small government, not just on their philosophic merit, but also for their practical benefit. He knows that with less federal regulation, industry can more readily prosper, leading to a better and cheaper products, a more efficient delivery of services and more rapid creation of jobs.
Matthew also knows, as he has written on his campaign website, that the “current explosion of government spending and debt is not sustainable and imperils our nation’s future.” And he has been a strong voice against Obama/Reid/PelosiCare, opposing greater government control over health care. Instead, he has put forward a 5-point plan for health care reform, favoring policies which reduce government intervention in this growing sector of our economy and do not impose additional costs or mandates on the American people. Nor do they deprive senior citizens of Medicare benefits.
In short, Matthew Berry is running the kind of campaign we hope Republicans will be running across the country in the coming year. Alas, that he is running in a district tough for a Republican to win. But, given the behavior of the Democratic Congress this past year, particularly the big-spender Matthew hope to unseat, miracles can happen. And Matthew will need the financial assistance of conservatives, libertarians and moderates across the country and volunteer support of citizens in the Washington, D.C. area to put himself in a position to pull off just such a miracle and effect real change in our nation’s capital.
Matthew is the kind of guy who will stand firm for his principles no matter what the blandishments.
Not just that, it would be great for an openly gay Republican candidate and principled fiscal conservative to have greater prominence in the GOP. His success will show that our party has learned from the mistakes its leaders made earlier in the decade and show the real diversity of the American conservative movement while highlighting the free market ideas which have defined it since its earliest days.