I have been following the campaign since March 27th and needless to say it has been an eye opener for me. I have never been involved politically and because of a chance encounter I got involved in the Van Irion campaign. My husband and I have followed the campaign videotaping it and learned a lot about politics. Maybe you can be helped by some things I realized.
1. Never believe anything in the paper or online that doesn't have a by-line on it. It's not a story, it's a press release from the camp of the person they are promoting. Sometimes the reporters actually get it right and sometimes they like to just keep the fray going though.
2. Never trust anyone that comes in the race late, they are obviously a plant to water down votes.
3. Don't believe polls that were taken at any rally where everyone knew there would be a poll so they pack the room with family and friends that may or may not live in this area.
4. Only trust comments from people that actually sign their own name and not something that can identify them, as they probably work for a candidate and are in a race to keep their candidates name out there.
5. No matter how hard it is and how inconvenient it is get out and do the research and vote.
6. When a campaign brags about how much money they have do the research and find out if they gave it to themselves or if the people actually are supporting the candidate. They like to blow the support way out of proportion by loaning themselves money. It is not a reflection of how much support they have, it's also not uncommon to get the support from Lobbyist already, who are also giving money to the other side.
My name is Pat Mallard and I'm not hiding behind anything. Who else in this list above me has got the nerve to sign their own name and admit who they are.
No one reading this cares who I am voting for they should only care who they think can do the job and not be in this race for any other reason than to straighten out the mess the federal government has gotten us into.
Savas Kyriakidis and Muslim conspiracy
Savas Kyriakidis wants National ID?
I saw Savas' filing papers, he filed late in the campaign Sept 16th 2010. He used his business address as his address. Exactly where does Savas live, does he meet the residency requirements? Does he live in Alabama where he drills?
UCMJ, I don't need a JAG officer to point out to me that you can't campaign for office in uniform. I am a vet, my husband is a vet and both my boys just came back from Iraq. Don't pull that one me, it's lame. Any vet knows better.
My reasoning for him not being in the race long enough is, In one speaking engagement Savas wanted to give illegals tracking Id's like the one the military ID's have, at the same debate he said that the borders shouldn't be patroled by the National Guard, his argument was weak saying that that wasn't a good use of the guard. I disagree, the civilians at the border do not have enough firepower to stop the drug warlords at the border that is indiscriminately killing in our country. Try to get an illegal to get a tracking id, that is a joke. I don't have a problem with Savas personally, I don't think he understands what we need in Congress, and I don't think he seriously wants to be our Congressman. I think he is doing this for attention actually, maybe to lose and run as mayor later. He's a nice guy but if he quits his commision in the National Guard and then wants to run that would also be better because he is exploiting his military service as well. Listen to him speak and listen to all the military key words he injects into his conversation, it's like he is using that to influence the vote. I am still voting for Mark DeVol, he has been so serious about going to Congress and representing the people in the 3rd District as a representative, not a career politician like Chuck Fleischmann or Zach Wamp. I have been watching all the debates and attending quite a few, that's more than I can say for Savas, if he was really serious he would have started last year to show the voters he is dedicated and commited to the job. This is one job you have to be serious about and it's more than speaking points I want to hear. I want to hear about solutions to the problems. I don't think you have any answers, which isn't surprising since all you can talk about is how you jump out of planes for me. (Bradley County meeting)
Savas hasn't been in the race very long and having only been at one debate that's pretty good that Mark West and everyone else is supposedly jumping up to support him. He is putting out advertisements for his candidacy in his uniform which is against the UCMJ to do that. His performance at the debate on Saturday was not very impressive and the audience was packed with his friends which one was from Georgia and can't even vote in this election. Go to blip.tv and search for tennessee politics and you can see all the debates and until recently Savas hadn't been to any. To claim he is the best choice is obviously politics as usual as Mark DeVol has been in this race with Conservative values, he supports the Fair Tax and is not accepting money from Lobbyist and Lawyers like Chuck Fleischmannn. You can see the debate for yourself.
The total time the candidates spent on talking about Chuck's absence was minute compared to the talking points. Why doesn't the TFP cover the points, you make it sound like they were harping on that and they weren't.
It's a shame Chuck wasn't there, he could have answered a lot of questions. Like how a lot of the lobbyist groups that have given him money are also giving Olympia Snowe and Barney Frank money. I don't just read the articles, I did the research myself and Chuck is just like every career politician up in Washington representing the Republican Party. I am voting for DeVol, he has been in the from the start while Savas has been apparently absent from all the other debates and speaking engagements. He is in the military and that's to be commended, my husband and I and two son's have served or are serving, but to use that constantly as your crutch is a disgrace. I am glad he is serving but as a Congressman he can't always speak out against the President if he is also serving in the National Guard. Military law prevents it while serving, that is not what I want in a Congressman, I want someone who can speak out against this mess and yes that means against the President.
All the cheering in the audience for John Wolfe was probably his five sisters which attended the event.