I'd like to thank everyone who helped during this campaign season. Not just those who helped me, but for all those tireless workers who helped our Governor and the rest of our Republicans across the state-even my competitor, you did it for the right reasons.
Some on my side of the aisle were confused as to why I'd run against another solid conservative, and while I didn't get a chance to talk with everyone, I was able to clearly explain it to those I spoke to. My opponent in the race was Don Pridemore. What many of you don't know, is that I was one of Don's first supporters in Washington County. Don came to an event that we put on (I don't recall if I was the county secretary or vice-chair at that time) and shared with me that he was interested in running against a republican that wasn't so conservative. Don was part of the Hartford taxpayers association and I instantly liked his message. I spent the rest of my time at that party introducing him to the party members and legislators that were present. After that night, and until the election I made calls and spoke to anyone who would listen and told them that Don was the right guy and that he should be given a chance. Don won that seat that year, and has represented us just fine since.
So why did I run? Well, Don is a good conservative, and his response to me when I told him I was running was similar, "Nick, why are you running, there is no difference between how we'd vote on the issues, what are you going to say during a debate to differentiate yourself from me." My answer to him was the same it was to those at the door: "I'll work harder, I'll work to reduce spending, and I'll introduce legislation that actually does this and protects us from Federal overreaching." While Don is a decent conservative legislator, as far as his votes go (and don't get me wrong, he does work hard at it), I still think he's coasting and not representing us properly. During the election we've had several conversations about Obamacare. I repeatedly asked him if he'd draft legislation nullifying it, and his reply was always that it was out of his hands, or that we should just wait for the November, 6th election so that the Republicans in Congress can repeal it. This is what I mean, he is unwilling to fight the battles that matter, and he'd rather wait for others to do it. Once the tide has turned, though, he's all in and, at some point, I'm sure he'll support nullifying Obamacare. Again, a few steps behind. I've moved on from there, I think we should pass a nullification bill here in the State of Wisconsin as a constitutional amendment (we have the majority for the next few terms, we should be able to do this--or at least try!) against ANY act the Feds pass that stretches beyond what the Constitution allows, this way we cover Obamacare and anything else that they try to do later.
While I respected Don's time in office, I've lost much respect for him as a person due to his antics during this election. Don spent his time lying about me instead of defending his lack of aggression on issues that matter. He also admitted to me to lying to Mark Belling about my conservatism. I understand now why Mark Belling would berate me on air for being less than conservative, considering he knows Don's voting record and trusted him. However, that doesn't excuse Mr. Belling, since I shared emails with him, and he had every opportunity to learn the truth. I'm still hopefull that Mr. Belling will take just a few minutes to actually look into my background, and get past the lies he was told.
Others have suggested that because I sought out support from certain people in Menomonee Falls, that I am somehow less than conservative. To those of you who believe that, you are short sighted, and you should do some homework about me too, it's fairly easy, just go to any member of the Washington County Republican Party who knows me (and there are plenty) and ask about me. Ask where I stand politically. Feel free to do the same in Waukesha and Milwaukee. I'm not saying I'm well known outside my own circles, but those who have worked on campaigns with me, or have been to events and had a chance to talk with me and see what I'm about, they'll gladly tell you that you have zero concerns about my conservativism.
I've been an active member of the Washington County Republican party, previously serving as Secretary and Vice-Chair. I've worked phone banks and done lit drops for Conservative Republicans for many years.
It is an interesting time in the great State of Wisconsin. There are so many strong opinions being voiced all across our state. I think that the Representative from the 22nd Assembly District should be a leader in Madison. A strong, conservative voice of reason, working to eliminate, modify and introduce legislation that will positively impact the citizens of this district.
Thank you for checking out my website which contains information about some of my views and visions on issues that affect communities of the new 22nd Assembly District. I intend to continue to work at the grassroots level to affect positive conservative change.
I look forward to speaking with you as I am visiting people around the district. Thank you again, for your time and interest, and if you'd like to help me move this state in the RIGHT direction please contact me. The information above is 100% accurate and I stand behind each word.
After years of arguing with people about term limits I decided to look at the root of the issue and see what could be done about it. Term limits remove your liberty and freedom to choose a candidate, which is why I oppose it. However, we do have a problem with some politicians staying to long. The problem isn't that they have the ability to run as long as they wish, the problem is incumbency and the fact that party leadership (at all levels) blindly supports the incumbent. We should be welcoming (even the current officeholder should do this) new people into the race because it means that there are more people willing to serve and bring ideas. Instead, as soon as someone decides they can't take the way things are going and decide to run, party leadership, members and uniformed voters ask, "why are you running against X," instead of saying, "thanks for taking the time to be involved." Some people refuse to run because of this, and we are missing out on a huge talent pool. A talent pool that consists of people who don't want to be office holders forever, but would rather go and serve the cause and go back to their regular jobs... as it should be. Of course, they should be vetted so we can point out impostors, but for people involved, it's easy to know who has been around and who will do the right things. So, I wrote the resolution below and submitted it from the floor at the 5th District Republican Caucus, where it promptly died. I was disappointed that the elected officials voted against it, and party leadership. Those rank members that had the chance to read the resolution and discuss it, saw the the point and voted for it. I'll bring it again at the State Convention. I'd ask that other members discuss this with their own groups and join me there for an honest discussion and debate. And, by the way, they had no problem voting yes on resolutions to commend themselves (#'s 1-4).
Ending the Incumbency Advantage
WHEREAS, liberal Democrats and some Republicans want to limit choice of voting options by supporting term limits, and
WHEREAS, the current environment of election primaries skew towards protectionism for incumbents by party leadership supporting incumbents without respect to other candidates, and
WHEREAS, it should be the responsibility of our party to provide every Republican candidate the same support,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the 5th Congressional District, in caucus assembled, does recognize that we have many capable citizens who would serve the interests of the people they would represent as well as, or even better than, an incumbent, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the 5th Congressional District, in caucus assembled, recommends to county, state and national party leadership that there should be no advantage given by the party to any incumbent when there are other viable Republican candidates in a primary race.
January 31, 2013-
Due to our legislators continuing to ignore our wishes, I've written a resolution that I will attempt to get passed at my county party (it passed), 5th district (it passed), and the state convention this year. The purpose of the resolution is to get legislation on the books, and ultimately an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution that prevents any Federal legislation passed that is contrary to the U.S. Constitution from being recognized here. Here is the current text:
State support of the United States Constitution
WHEREAS, the Federal government continues to ignore our legal Constitution by passing legislation contrary to its purpose; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court is tasked with verifying the validity of that legislation, but sometimes ignores the constitution, or overtly defies it; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of the States to defend the rights of its citizens when the Federal government attempts to trample those rights;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Washington County, in caucus assembled, strongly urges that our State Legislators immediately pass legislation notifying the Federal government that anything they pass contrary to the purpose of the United States Constitution will be null and void as recognized by the tenth amendment to that same document; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Washington County, in caucus assembled, also urges that our State legislators further protects its citizens from tyranny by amending our State Constitution with this same language.
Authorized and Paid for by Friends of Nick Oliver, Mark Besting Treasurer
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