Here are the important considerations that I pondered in deciding to run for Congress in
I am the only candidate of either party running who supports Medicare for All and the
gradual elimination of the private profit-driven health care insurance industry. I favor
MFA and am deeply concerned about the millions of Americans who have no health
care coverage or are grossly underinsured. The overhead of the private insurance
industry too often supports a bureaucracy that is rewarded for denying claims and
leaving often desperate policyholders in severe economic and physical distress.
Reducing administrative red tape and going to a single-payer universal health care
system is the right thing to do. It will save trillions of dollars in short order and prevent
the heinous prospect of millions of Americans going bankrupt if they face a costly
medical emergency. Since the United States pays more than twice as much per capita
for health care than any other leading developed country in the world, the savings in
treasure lives and the increased peace of mind MFA brings is literally priceless for
millions of ordinary Americans.
I am the only candidate who supports the Green New Deal. I favor the principles of the
GND which in short order will reduce carbon emissions by transitioning to renewable
energy and literally save Planet Earth from becoming a dead, barren, and uninhabitable
planet where life can no longer exist. The scientific community has by consensus
determined that if we don’t act quickly the damage to our planet will soon be
irreversible. To think that all life on earth will become extinct like the Dodo bird and the
dinosaurs is chilling. We must forsake big contributions from the fossil fuels industry and
not embrace short term political advantage that will ultimately destroy all life on earth.
I am the only candidate who supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. I
support a $15 minimum wage and more importantly will work to ensure that wages for
all Americans keep pace and will always be at or above the level necessary to constitute
a living wage. It’s easy to be hard when as a member of Congress you make $285,000 a
year on the backs of hard-working American taxpayers, but a living wage is the
compassionate and reasonable path to follow. Americans shouldn’t work full time and
still fall below the poverty level. A living wage is the right course of action and will
strengthen American families and add rocket fuel to the U.S. economy.
I am the only candidate running who supports the PRO Act (Protecting the Right to
Organize Act). The Act that passed the U.S. House in early February of 2020 gives
workers more power during disputes at work, adds penalties for companies that
retaliate against workers who organize and grants hundreds of thousands of workers
collective bargaining rights they don’t currently have. It would also weaken right-to-
work laws that in 27 states allow employees to benefit by union representation but
forgo paying union dues.
I refuse PAC contributions whether they are Leadership PACs, Dark Money Super PACs,
or ordinary special interest PACs, and accept only individual contributions from Americans
investing in our country’s future. I favor outlawing PAC contributions and transitioning to
publicly financed campaigns for Congress. Other candidates who have campaign war chests
chock full of millions of dollars in PAC and special interest money are milking the current
corrupt campaign finance system for all its worth.
With the current flood of PAC, Leadership PAC, Dark Money Super PAC, and big special interest money flooding into our district, I cannot in good
conscience fail to give the voters in the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma another option and a real choice in the June 2020 primary. Sometimes duty calls and an obligation to serve your state and nation seeks you. Life does not always conform itself to our convenience. Because I love my state and nation, I have decided to run. Your support is not only welcomed but is essential to support this important mutual undertaking. Join us!