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Why I’m Endorsing Brian Barnes for Congress

by TwoPuttTommy on March 8, 2012

While I focus on covering the corruption and dirty politics of the Republican Party, I do keep an eye on what’s happening in the Democratic Party.  I just usually don’t write about it.  Today, I will.

The redistricting maps have been approved, the lines are drawn and set in stone.  I’m not hearing of anyone deciding that based on the new lines, they’re in.  If anyone was sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what the new CD3 political landscape looked like, the time to jump into the race has come and gone.

So we’re down to two candidates, and I’ve made my decision who to back – it’s Brian Barnes.  

But quite frankly, it doesn’t matter that no one else jumped in; the right candidate – Brian Barnes – was already in!

Brian is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and has served in the Navy Reserves, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Been there, done that: Brian has been a part of the greatest military in the world.  

And Brian understands – as all with a military background do – that we, as a country, should only go to war because we HAVE to; unlike Republicans, who think we should go to war because they WANT to.

Brian has a real business background, working for a Minnesota based Fortune 200 company.  Been there, done that: Brian knows what it takes to be successful in business.

But it’s more than just a successful background; it’s how Brian has conducted his campaign so far:  he’s attracted top-notch talent to his campaign team, he’s attracted young and energetic volunteers, and he’s worked hard to polish his public speaking ability.

Since last summer, Brian’s stump speeches have gotten better and Better and BETTER!  In all facets of this campaign, Brian keeps getting better and Better and BETTER!  While I’m excited at where this campaign is now, I’m absolutely ecstatic at where it will be as it continues to gain momentum and heads towards the general election!

When I look at what Brian has – and will! – accomplish, it’s easy to understand why:  Brian achieved, in his youth, something that sticks and is always with him:  Brian is an Eagle Scout.

From the Boy Scout Handbook:

Be Prepared.

That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts.

“Be prepared for what?” someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting,

“Why, for any old thing.” said Baden-Powell.

The training you receive in your troop will help you  live up to the Scout motto. When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a nonswimmer who has fallen into deep water.

But Baden-Powell wasn’t thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead.

Be prepared for life – to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That’s what the Scout motto means.

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Quite frankly, Brian Barnes has the background, the training, the resume, and the temperament to take on Erik Paulsen and win.

Career politician Erik Paulsen first door knocked me in 1994; I didn’t like his politics then and I damned sure don’t like them now.

It’s time to send career politician Paulsen to the private sector – full time – for employment – which, of course, would be a first for him.

And Brian Barnes is the candidate to do just that.

Join me, and help send Brian Barnes, a man you can trust, to represent us – ALL of us – as Minnesota’s next Representative in the United States Congress!

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