A recent Stephenson County Tea Party in Lena featured two of our three U.S. congressional candidates, George Gaulrapp and incumbent Don Manzullo.
For Gaulrapp, it was the lions’ den, as the audience of 160 was largely composed of conservative Tea Party affiliates. The party leader laid out their beliefs, but he did respect that we must have civil discourse with those who have different opinions to have a healthy democracy. He did an admirable job of containing the audience by showing proper respect for Gaulrapp and the president.
I found George Gaulrapp to be admirably honest and straightforward with his answers to the party’s questions—even those obviously contrary to the Tea Party’s stance. Many would be surprised to learn how conservative some of his positions actually are. George Gaulrapp is a true moderate who can work to best represent our district to bring back desperately-needed jobs. Our incumbent congressman is hoping to get his 10th term (20 years) and collect his nice federal pension with no change in the way he’s thought since the beginning. If you feel it’s time for more effective leadership, you will not go wrong with voting for George Gaulrapp.
From the Sept. 22-28, 2010 issue