Midland Reporter-Telegram: Gubernatorial candidate Medina woos Midlanders with anti-Washington talkSubmitted by AnAppealToHeavenWash on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 01:23
Gubernatorial candidate Medina woos Midlanders with anti-Washington talk
by Kathleen Thurber
Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 9:23 PM CST
Pointing out her small town roots and private sector experience, gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina said while in Midland on Saturday, it's time to get rid of career politicians and elect someone who will keep Washington and Austin from further invading Texans' everyday lives.
"We've got to get government off the backs of Texas," said Medina, addressing a crowd of about 175 at the Midland Center.
Having grown up in Beeville, Medina said Gov. Rick Perry's not the only Republican candidate who knows how to raise cattle or "pick a chicken" and the values of hard work and honesty she learned there are what the Republican Party needs now.
In addition to several other initiatives, Medina said if elected, she would work to repeal property taxes and instead reconfigure the sales tax system so the state and its various municipalities could run without charging citizens for land and homes they should be permitted to own outright.
"Pro-ownership is as essential to freedom as water and air is to life," she said, adding the new litinus test for the party ought to be is someone pro-property, rather than simply someone pro-life.
Eliminating property tax would likely requiring increasing sales tax by 6.1 to 15 percent, depending on how lawmakers and cities wished to implement the change, Medina said.
Personal freedoms, she said, also need to be preserved for the state to prosper.
Instead of requiring registration and course completion for gun ownership, she said, Texans should be allowed to protect themselves from incidents like Fort Hood by purchasing guns under laws similar to those set for buying alcohol.
"If we want to be safe then what our leadership ought to be saying is buy a gun, learn to use it and keep it with you," she said.
Federal laws being passed, she said, are not laws for states to follow but instead "illegal federal action" that states need to begin repealing and pushing back against.
In Texas, she said, that will include getting Washington out of agriculture, energy, education and first and foremost, if a health care bill is passed, health care.
She said the state should be drafting bills right now to nullify federal health care legislation if it's passed, and also to call for an injunction against the Internal Revenue Service so Texans aren't taxed for an unconstitutional health care system.
Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, she said, are providing more "big government" answers to issues Texans currently are faced with.
And while she admits such talk has caused many to label her a Tea Party candidate, Medina is quick to remind voters she started her campaign several months ahead of the first Tea Party and is running because no one else was running with the message she and her supporters know is needed.
"I will not compromise, I will not," Medina said.
Still, while Medina said her label as a Tea Party candidate and even a Libertarian by some has drawn questions, she said it hasn't hindered her from gaining Republican support.
"Doesn't seem to be hurting so far," she said.
Polls released following the first debate between Medina, Hutchison and Perry showed Medina winning 12 percent of likely Republican voters. Perry led Hutchison 43-33 percent.
"I'm here to tell you today Rick Perry knows we're knocking on that door," Medina said, as several in the audience cheered.