For the past 18 years, Kevin Brady has made decisions based on what’s in his heart and mind – believing his votes are in the best interest of his constituents at home and citizens across the United States.
His conservative approach to social and fiscal matters previously has earned the respect and support of voters in the 8th Congressional District.
However, this election season, more so than ever, the nine-term U.S. House member is being challenged.
Andre Dean, Craig McMichael and Steve Toth are vying for Brady’s seat in the March 1 Republican primary. They believe Brady is not conservative enough to represent one of the reddest voting regions across the nation.
But Brady has been right enough for veterans and the military; he’s been right enough in his fight for the unborn; he’s defended our right to bear arms; he’s championed the cause for small businesses, free trade, tax cuts, simplifying the tax code, repealing Obamacare and the death tax, as well as stopping the IRS from targeting citizens.
Congressman Kevin Brady has been conservative enough for his constituents and he’s the right choice for U.S. Congress. The Courier is endorsing Brady for re-election to the 8th Congressional District seat in the March 1 primary. Early voting continues through Feb. 26.
For President Obama’s two terms, Brady has fought the good fight for Republicans – by gaining victories on certain issues while holding the line on other matters. During Obama’s presidency, Republican House leaders, including Brady, battled a Democratic-controlled Senate from 2007-14 and a Democratic-controlled House from 2007-11.
Brady’s knowledge of economics, trade and taxes earned him a spot on the Joint Economic Committee, including as chairman. Because of the respect he earned and his ability to get things done, Brady is now chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, responsible for oversight of two-thirds of the federal budget. This a powerful position, and one voters of the 8th Congressional District should not take lightly. We would rather have a major player moving the political ball forward, rather than a freshman lawmaker carrying the water for others.
Taxed enough already? In the Omnibus bill, the “Brady Amendment” resulted in $620 billion in tax cuts.
Brady also helped spearhead lifting the oil export ban, which should help the struggling oil and gas industry; and plans to phase out wind and solar subsidies over time. He also will continue with strategies to de-fund Planned Parenthood; set a true cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for seniors; replace Obamacare with a more patient-centered healthcare plan; and get Social Security and Medicare out of trouble.
There is a reason Brady is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, National Right to Life and Texas Right to Life, as well as certain Tea parties. It’s because he’s accountable to and responsible for the conservative voters in this district. He holds regular town hall meetings with constituents and answers their tough questions truthfully. He votes his conscience and the will of his voters — and that includes gun and pro-life issues.
Brady has been dinged for not showing up at local candidate forums; but his challengers didn’t show up at certain times, either. Dean and Toth both skipped an early forum hosted by the Texas Conservative Tea Party Coalition and passed on interviews with The Courier editorial board. McMichael, to his credit, showed up for both.
We respect McMichael, a constitutional conservative who, two years ago, was touted by a local Tea Party as a “Ted Cruz Patriot.” Now, McMichael was dropped for Toth as that conservative guy.
Speaking of Cruz: For those who believe you can’t support both Cruz and Brady, just look to conservative Steve King, R-Iowa, who did just that.
A few years back, King visited The Woodlands to support Brady; they have strongly supported pro-life legislation.
An online commenter posted a quote from Samuel Adams: “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
But are these true fires about Brady or just a mirage created by political hot air.
We believe Brady’s record speaks for itself, and The Courier endorses him for re-election to the 8th Congressional District.
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