Write-in Campaign Won’t Work to Elect a Republican Presidential Candidate
I want to set the record straight regarding the recent AL.com article titled “Martha Roby's Donald Trump fallout: GOP group pulls speaking invite, challenger starts write-in campaign.” In both the title and the article itself, it was stated that I launched a write-in campaign to challenge Martha Roby. The fact is, I did not start the write-in campaign; it was started by frustrated District 2 voters without my knowledge.
Had the reporter contacted me, I would have been happy to give the facts regarding my involvement in the matter. I have officially terminated my campaign with the Federal Election Commission. However, I am honored that some people are considering voting for me by write-in as a protest to Roby’s rejection of the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. Write-in campaigns are legal and can be successful in some states for Congress, Senate and local offices. Alabama is one of those states. However, for the presidential race, a write-in campaign for a Republican as Roby is advocating will not work due to the difference in election law from state to state.
The fact that people in this District are so upset that they began this write-in campaign speaks volumes about the degree of frustration they feel over Roby’s lack of representation. I share their frustration. By pulling her support for Donald Trump, she is, in effect, supporting Hillary and the current administration’s agenda. The danger is that many people may ignorantly follow her lead and cast a write-in vote that will not be counted, or in states where it is counted, simply take away votes from the Republican ticket which would result in a benefit to Hillary. In this race that is so close, that could make the difference between winning or losing.
Although I do not agree with many of Donald Trump’s statements, the bigger issue is, he IS the candidate who says he will support the Republican party’s conservative values. He will protect our constitution and appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court. He will work to reduce the national debt and bring jobs back to the US. He will be strong on national security. If you are a conservative - Donald Trump is your only choice if you want to ELECT A PRESIDENT and not just make a protest statement.
People are fed up with voting for candidates who don’t follow through on their promises. They’re infuriated with politics as usual. It’s no wonder that this is not a “usual” election cycle. I believe we will see a record number of write-in votes this November. However, a write-in win is next to impossible due to the millions of advertising dollars the establishment candidates have at their disposal. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
The sudden "Dump Trump" movement last week has many people up in arms. Voters where I live, in Alabama's 2nd district, are FURIOUS that Rep. Martha Roby was one of the first to "Dump Trump.” They are so mad, in fact, that they’ve burned up her phone lines and have mounted a write-in campaign for her primary challenger. Yes, that would be me, Becky Gerritson. I challenged her in the 2016 Republican Primary.
I understand the frustration of voters who are fed up with politics as usual. Donald Trump represents hope for those individuals, and they are not about to give up that hope. Candidates like Trump, Cruz, and Carson were welcomed by disenfranchised Republicans because they pledged to break the cycle of the political elites and big-money lobbyists from controlling our politics.
I do respect, yet disagree with, those who have been consistent in their opposition to Trump, such as Senators Ben Sasse and Mike Lee, and even commentator Erick Erickson. But in the recent "Dump Trump" movement, a correlation is apparent... follow the money! The list of prominent names recently dumping Trump could be titled “The Chamber’s Bought and Paid for RINOs.”
In this campaign cycle the pseudo-conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of our nation’s biggest supporters and financial backers of amnesty. I personally went up against the U.S. Chamber in my own primary in which they spent nearly $2 million promoting liberal, Martha Roby. As you can imagine, such an amount allowed them to utterly control the airwaves for their establishment candidate - particularly in our rural Alabama district. No other conservative faced such a massive obstacle in their primaries - although the more limited spend by the Chamber is partially to blame for the toppling of conservative Tim Huelskamp.
Many on the list of GOPers who have disavowed Trump reads eerily similar to the list of candidates the U.S. Chamber Supports. Here are a few examples:
· Joe Heck- NV (beneficiary of $3,550,374 as of latest reports)
· Rob Portman-OH ($4,606,324)
· Kelly Ayotte-NH ($1,910,300)
· Mark Kirk-IL ($550,150)
· John McCain-AZ ($1,550,450)
· Martha Roby-AL (my primary opponent - $1,750,000)
· Pat Toomey-PA ($5,106,000 - has refused to say whether he will vote for Trump)
· Ron Johnson-WI ($750,300 - has been tepid in his support)
It seems clear that the Chamber is using its massive war-chest to compel opposition to Trump from within the party. And over the last week we have seen that it's working. Martha Roby and other "Dump Trumpers” are listening to their biggest campaign contributors rather than their constituents.
The current President’s administration has taken our country down a path toward socialism, unsustainable debt and unprecedented threats to our national security. A vote for Hillary is a vote to continue Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.
In this crucial election cycle, we must defeat Hillary Clinton. We must support the Republican nominee and the party platform that upholds conservative values. Trump pledged to nominate conservatives for the Supreme Court. He understands business and what it will take to get our economy back on track. And most important, he is not afraid to challenge politics as usual.
Despite calls for Presidential write-in candidates, like Rep. Roby proposes, the reality of state election laws make a Presidential write-in an impossible scenario for a Republican win. So conservatives, keep your eyes on the prize. Take a deep breath, pray, and vote!