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Chris Peden, the Friendswood City Councilman who’s giving Paul a run for his money

Challenger gives Ron Paul a run for his money in congressional contest

06:27 PM CST on Sunday, February 10, 2008

By Lee McGuire / 11 News

Lee McGuire's 11 News report

HOUSTON -- Ron Paul is running for president, but he’s also running for re-election as a Congressman in District 14. That includes Brazoria and a large chunk of Galveston Counties.

At first, it seemed like it would be an easy win.

But Paul has drawn a well-funded, well-connected challenger in the Republican primary.

Paul told many of the people working on his presidential campaign that he was letting them go Friday, so he could concentrate on the congressional race.

He’s also been telling his donors that he needs cash for the congressional run.

Many thought all signs were pointing to Paul dropping his bid for the White House.

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But they were wrong.

Paul had a good showing in the Washington and Kansas caucuses Saturday.

Energized by that, he decided to stay in the race.

“Oh yeah, I’m still in the race, because I had my best day yesterday. I was in double digits for the first time in second place. Sometimes surprises happen. I used to be in fourth place, now I’m in third,” Paul said.

“He has not represented this district for some time, in my opinion, as well as it deserves to be represented, and I think this district has realized that with his campaign for president and they’re looking for a change in leadership,” Chris Peden, the Friendswood City Councilman who’s giving Paul a run for his money said.

As of Dec. 31, Peden had raised twice as much money as Paul for the congressional race.

Federal rules say you’re not allowed to use presidential campaign money to run for Congress.

So even though Paul raised millions for the presidential run, they’re no good for the contest in District 14.

Source: http://www.khou.com/news/local/politics/stories/khou080210_t...

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The Rally Was Awesome!

I live in the district and drove a little over an hour.

Most were from the district but there were those from outside the district who came a bus.

The polls in the district show Ron Paul with a 70% approval rating.
But, we still need to campaing and spread the word

This is a traditionally democratic district. So even if Peden won the primary, unlikely, the dems would field a candidate and there would be a democrat in congress.

no dem

No Democrat filed for office. It is too late for that. This is the election for the 14th.

I hear a Libertarian filed for this district. In the past, the Libertarian party has asked candidates to not run against Ron Paul.

BTW, 2 of those buses were DFW area people. We rented 2 buses, one left from Ft. Worth, the other from Dallas.

He is CFR SCUM

Handpicked by the Oligarchy. Take his public positions away from him.

He is a traitor that makes Benedict Arnold look like a Saint.

"Walls are stronger than the men that defend them."

Ghegis Khan

"Walls are stronger than the men that defend them."

Ghengis Khan

Chris who?

Look what I found. According to a lot of news, Peden is an CPA. What does the CPA alphabets mean? It's Counting Posts Around! Actually he's a Certified Public Accountant. But I stumbled upon this article:

Chris Peden's Cash Discrepancy
If his campaign's rhetoric is to be believed, the Honorable Chris Peden, Friendswood City Councilman extraordinaire, is on the verge of unseating the lovable crank Congressman from Surfside, Dr. Ron Paul. Last week the D.C.-based gossip rag Roll Call recieved the following dispatch:

Dallas Frohrib, a spokesman for the Peden campaign, said this week that the Friendswood councilman is now sitting on a war chest of $110,000, and climbing.
With that kind of cash and endorsements racking up from such luminaries as Denny and the Haig, rug cleaning magnate Aubrey Theode, and I-10's favorite burger stand proprietor, Peden is starting to look like a shoe-in.

And that's not even counting his official website endorsement list. From an antecedent north Texas kabob house to the League City Fuddruckers; from the think tanks of Caspar, Wyoming to the Wall of Retired Commissioners in Allegany County, Maryland; from the giant Lysol refinery in Lake Jackson to Eric Dondero's blackberry, a resounding message rings out: Chris Peden is our man for Congress!

Even David Hill, the Woodlands pollster who is rumored to be crunching numbers for the Peden camp, has boldly predicted that Paul will be swept from office next spring by a tide of irate NASA employees and angry social conservatives, who will inevitably show up to hand Texas' convention delegation to Duncan Hunter much like they did with the Fort Worth Straw Poll.

But then Roll Call decided to do a little research...

Peden closed the third quarter with just $363 in cash on hand, while raising just $8,654 for the period.
In case you're wondering, that puts the "official" FEC numbers for his campaign at exactly $109, 637 short of the claimed mark...which may also explain the constant rumors we are hearing about Peden's desire to obtain a ballot spot by petition signatures rather thanthe standard $2000 filing fee.

But Peden still has those battalions of NASA employees, or so he frequently tells the press to the echoes of Dr. Hill, who constantly reminds him that "NASA is based in Paul’s district."

Well, not really. Far be it from his interlocutor to provide the Honorable Councilman a lesson in cartography, but NASA sits squarely in Democrat Nick Lampson's district well across the Harris County line. And for the time being, I won't even comment on the intrinsic irony of a candidate who complains about Paul's inability to bring home the NASA bacon while simultaneously imputing earmark hypocrisy.

How can I vote for a guy like Peden? Has not won anything yet and has begun misstating things already. He definitely has to go back and take a refresher course in accounting, geography, and ethics.

"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

Ron Paul's campaign needs to

Ron Paul's campaign needs to turn that post into a newspaper/TV ad.

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just letting everyone who is listening know...

that in lake jackson yesterday, we were part of a group of over two thousand people showing up for RON. peden had his little shin digg in the SAME BUILDING and it was dwarfed beyond recognition. i looked through the glass at them after we heard Ron's 2nd speech that he made outside the place (because there were so many people - the original room only held 1250). there was maybe 50 people.

peden who?

Yea, the congressional

Yea, the congressional campaign heard about the Peden rally and rented in the same building. Even though it was a Congressional rally, they invited others to come hear RP speak.

This was done to prove to Chris P that Ron Paul will not go down without a fight. CP has already been slinging mud. He bashes RP for raising his cash outside the district, yet has been asking for money outside of the district.

What a moron.

last year's endorsement

maybe you guys have seen this already

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrno1OM9D8A

Look at the 4:50 mark here to see what Peden had said about Ron Paul.

I guess Politics changed Peden!!

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"Walls are stronger than the men that defend them."

Ghegis Khan

"Walls are stronger than the men that defend them."

Ghengis Khan

We need a Ron Paul supporter

We need a Ron Paul supporter to run against Chris Peden and win his Friendswood council seat so Peden can experience some "blowback".

what a great idea

someone do it!

love it!!!!!!!

oh god. somebody please do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I sent Mr. Peden a letter

Dear Mr. Peden,

As a CPA it should be obvious to you that our nations’ balance sheet is in complete disarray. 9.2 Trillion dollars in debt can’t be erased by increasing the size of the federal budget and committing our nation to war for 100 years. Your character assassinations of Dr. Ron Paul as a self described Libertarian are meant to be divisive. You should join him in taking a stand for Liberty. It’s in the pledge of allegiance. It does not say with democracy and justice for all. I along with millions of other lifelong Republicans have had their faith in our Republic restored by Dr. Ron Paul. It would do you well to read his books before you cast him in a negative light. He is absolutely correct when he says that the Republicans have lost their way. Look at the 2006 elections. Republicans acting like liberal democrats for a republican idea is unacceptable to me and should be to you as well. We don’t need more big spending Republicans in office any more than we need big spending democrats. You see its “We the People” that have to pay! If you want to debate Ron Paul on the issues, that would be fine. But don’t attack the man who is actually bringing new Republicans into the party. I am a military veteran who supports Ron Paul for President. If I was in his district I would vote against you.

I have included a link from David M. Walker. As you may know is the head of the GAO. He has no political stake in this fight. He is simply doing his job. He has attempted to sound the alarm of our looming fiscal crisis but it has fallen on deaf ears. CPA’s such as you would better serve the nation by sounding the alarm of our potential financial collapse. That is your duty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIgrxpp97OQ

Great letter! Good job :)

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I for one think it is pathetic

It is pathetic that we can raise half a million dollars on a single mini-bomb day, but Ron's Congressional campaign is still struggling at around $250,000. This after he personally asked us for help. Regardless of whether you think having him in Congress makes that much difference, the fact is if the establishment can unseat him with a neo-con, they will paint it as total rejection of his message. We can't allow that to happen. For those who think he would do better with a lecture tour, he can STILL do that while in Congress. Congressmen do speeches all the time. And, our rEVOLution has succeeded in making him a celebrity... when he speaks in Congress now they can't ignore him. Especially with the network of millions he has built. He can send out the call and we can flood our Congress critters' phone lines when ever a bill he supports comes up, or one he is against needs to be voted down. Losing his Congressional seat is unthinkable people. Even if you are maxed out in his Presidential campaign, you can still donate to the Congressional one, and he isn't allowed to use any of the Presidential money for the Congressional campaign. So, now more than ever, we need a money bomb. He needed $400,000 by two days ago and isn't even close. If you support Dr. Paul, then support his wishes. And if not, then STFU.

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Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. -Ron Paul 7/10/03

Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. -Ron Paul 7/10/03

I totally agree, I can not understand the struggle to get more

people to donate to this, I've donated and our family is struggling financially - yet to us it is incredibly important that Ron Paul beat that idiot neo-con running against him.

When it's all over and RP loses (let's hope not, but if he did) then everyone will rant and rave when it's too LATE!

Argh!

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Our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy....

...and Ron Paul is NOT objecting on the stage best suited for ALL to hear - the PRESIDENTIAL campaign....as a THIRD PARTY.

Ron caring more about his congressional seat than the presidency (or the education of ALL americans) paints rejection all over this campaign/revoultion.

It is like pitching game One of the World Series, then turning down a game Seven start to become an announcer.

I care deeply. That's why whatever money I can scrape together will be going to a Libertarian candidate in the National campaign. I don't lve anywhere near Ron's congressional district, and he will be as ostracized as ever in Congress......a lonely voice of reason and conscience in a party and system gone mad.

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Hey MORON if he loses his

Hey MORON if he loses his congressional seat guess what? WE WILL HAVE NO VOICE IN WASHINGTON.

Get third party out of you damn head it isn't going to happen.

Other 3rd parties are putting bloomberg on thier ticket idiot so what does that tell you about third parties now days. They are selling out just like the rest.

SGP...

Why didn't you stay gone when you ranted and raved and swore and freaked out about the blimp, campaign, etc. weeks ago and then threw a hissy fit with some huge letter saying you were essentially taking your ball and going home?

Changing your signature from "Dr. Steve" to "SGP" didn't seem to fix your crappy math, your bipolar mood, or your language.

If you are any kind of a real Dr., I am praying for your patients.

Bloomberg on the Libertarian ticket? Where do you get this crap?

"Luctor et Emergo" - Struggle and Emerge

bump.....

bump.....

The rally was great

It was just what we needed here in SE Texas to get us revved up again for the final push towards the March 4th primary. And it was hilarious to see the Peden campaign staff hanging around slack-jawed watching the Ron Paul supporters overwhelm the place. There was hardly any Peden support there at all. There must have been 2000 Ron Paul supporters and they were everywhere, even up and down the road outside holding sign waves on the highway and getting chased away by cops when they strayed off of the private property of the civic center.

Question: Were the Ron Paul

Question: Were the Ron Paul supporters all or mostly from his district?

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Mostly from his district.

Mostly from his district.

This article stinx and is

This article stinx and is slighting. This is not really the way it went at all..

Dondero is not a Libertarian...

Check this out:

Eric Dondero, Angleton, August 14, 2007, Political Consultant says ...
" Chris,

I hereby enthusiastically endorse you for Congress. Your pro-property rights/anti-tax views more closely represent the values of our South Texas District, than Ron Paul. Our current incumbent used to be more of a traditional limited government conservative. But now he's gone way out on the fringe, particularly on foreign policy issues.

I was going to run against my former boss. But why should I? YourPro-Defense/Pro-Tax Cut/Pro-Individual Liberty views reflect mine. I would be proud to have you represent me in Congress.

Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
1997-2003

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Who cares about Dondero? His real name is Eric Rittburg.

I don't want to waste my time reading about him. He is a real jerk and Dr. Paul should be very happy he got rid of him. Since he's endorsing Peden, what does that tell you about Peden? No one can hold a candle to Dr. Paul.

DO RUN RON!!!!!

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I'd change my name too

If i had a name like Rittburg.

Dondero, and I have read

Dondero, and I have read many of his posts elsewhere, has gotten completely drunk on the Neocon kool-aid, cockroach flavor. His posts reflect a desperate desire to seek attention, and routinely disparage anything that could be called minimal-government beliefs. His seal of endorsement for this candidate tells me all I need to know about Chris Pedo.

Peden himself claims to not be libertarian

His whole point is that RP is claiming to be libertarian instead of "republican."