(Cheyenne, June 1, 2018)
I’ve met and talked with more than a thousand Wyomingites over the past three months, and what I’ve been hearing over and over again from GOP voters is, “You’re our kind of Republican. Run as one so we don’t split votes and let a Democrat slip in.”
So today, I’m doing what those voters have suggested.
I have registered as a Republican to beat Barrasso in the GOP Primary election on August 21st.
When I entered this race, I considered running as an Independent candidate because I thought that party politics might get in the way of my campaign or that I wouldn’t have time to get the word out. But thousands of conversations with supporters like you have shown me otherwise.
I want to emphasize to you that I’m the same Republican I’ve always been. Nothing about my platform has changed. I still want to go to Washington to attack three major problems: the healthcare crisis in Wyoming, the deep level of political corruption in Washington, and the lack of good jobs in Wyoming caused by our state’s struggling economy.
The healthcare crisis in Wyoming
Tens of thousands of Wyomingites are uninsured, or paying way too much of their paychecks for coverage, while Senator Barrasso has done nothing to solve the crisis. It can’t be a coincidence that his largest donors are in the healthcare industry. Does anyone in Wyoming think big pharmaceutical companies give a damn about us? They’re buying votes, plain and simple.
Those company executives are ready to spend millions of dollars to keep their man in office. When voters see Senator Barrasso’s million dollar attack ads this summer, just remember who paid for them.
The money-fueled corruption of Washington
Wyomingites are furious with Washington. America is the most can-do nation in the history of the world - but our government has become a broken-down, money-grubbing, dysfunctional mess. We’re being betrayed by a system that’s gone completely off the rails.
The difference between Senator Barrasso and me is simple: He likes things just as they are. I don’t, and none of the voters I’ve been talking with do, either.
The Wyoming economy
Wyoming’s economy is ranked the weakest of all fifty states and isn’t generating the jobs or economic opportunities that allow our kids to stay here and prosper. That’s got to change.
I am a company founder and investor who’s helped create more than 20,000 jobs in my business career, which has spanned the trucking, telecommunications and retail industries. I know how private enterprise drives job growth, and I don’t see any leadership on the issue coming from Senator Barrasso.
The upcoming primary campaign
In the coming months, I will take my campaign messages directly to voters and tap into your voices and energy to help fuel my run.
Wendy and I have spent the last three months living out of an RV to get out and meet voters, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing all summer long. We agreed on two rules for our campaign: Tell the truth and talk with voters directly.
Most importantly, I will continue to Put Wyoming First. Ahead of donors, ahead of special interests, ahead of my personal career, and ahead of party.