Voters have several choices in the race to replace outgoing Congressman Gresham Barrett in the Third Congressional District. Given the district’s voting trends, the winner of the GOP nomination will be their next Congressman, so it’s a choice they should take seriously. Since losing the seat in 1994, the Democrats have lost bids for the seat handily.
The Republican candidates competing for this seat offer varying degrees of experience and enthusiasm. Third District voters should select a candidate who represents the best combination of these, as well as a commitment to the kind of conservative principles which are near to the heart of the GOP grassroots.
The Blogland recommends Laurens County State Representative Jeff Duncan as the best choice to represent the Third District in Congress.
Representative Duncan’s record of leadership sets him above the rest. Having risen to the Chairmanship of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, he has been a leader on issues important to the Third District, with large rural agricultural areas and Clemson University, as well the Savannah River, numerous lakes and a national forest. He will go to Washington with a solid understanding of these issues and the work ethic to be an effective advocate for those issues.
Duncan has been outspoken on energy issues as well, and is willing to work towards greater energy independence for the United States, as well as ensuring the Third District plays a vital role in these efforts, especially with the federal Savannah River Site and several major hydroelectric plants along the Savannah River. He’ll push for innovative ways to build the nation’s energy resources without caving in to much-discredited environmental alarmists.
With conservative voting record in the State House, Duncan will help a growing House Republican membership get back to the conservative and ethical principles which, when abandoned by the House GOP leadership, cost them their Congressional majority. Republican congressmen like Jeff Duncan will help regain the majority – and provide the consistent commitment to ethics and principles needed to keep it – which is why Third District voters should vote for him in the upcoming Republican Primary.