GOP pie social draws big crowd
Senate Candidates speak in Pine Bluffs Sunday
June 28, 2018
Republican candidates for federal, statewide and local offices had a chance to meet Laramie County residents and give their reasons to be elected to office last week during the Lawrence Anderson Memorial Politics and Pie Social held in Pine Bluffs Sunday.
Event organizers touted that each candidate gets an even footing to speak directly to Laramie County voters be it well-known incumbents such as U.S. Senator John Barrasso or relatively unknown candidates.
Each had four minutes to speak. Candidates also spoke in order based on the office they're seeking and in alphabetical order based on their last names.
A summary of each U.S. Senate candidate's position follows.
John Barrasso (Incumbent)
For the Wyomings junior United States Senator, it's about rolling back the federal government.
"For far too long, the government in Washington does too much and takes too much in terms of our freedom and our time," Barrasso said. "That changed when we elected Donald J. Trump president in 2016."
Barrasso said since the 2016 election, Wyoming residents can feel a "real confidence." If reelected, the junior senator said he'll work to restart through cutting taxes and regulations.
"That's exactly what we've done," he said. "We've done it standing side-by-side with President Trump."
In addition to that, Barrasso said Congress is working to "Undo regulations, unleash American industry and eliminate Obamacare."
Teton County businessman and U.S. Senate hopeful David Dodson was quick to offer an indirect barb at Barrasso.
"We are not running anywhere near our potential," Dodson said. "That's the difference between me and my competitors.
"I was excited when President Trump was elected. We have both houses of Congress, but no healthcare plan, no immigration plan."
Dodson told attendees that he was the least experienced politician in the room and that he's worked entirely in the private sector.
On his campaign website, Dodson said while working in the private sector, he helped create 20,000 jobs.
That will be important if Wyoming voters decide to send him to Congress.
"I have an infrastructure plan, a plan for healthcare," he said.
If he's elected, Dodson will work to impose term limits.
Perenial U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Hardy is back for another go at national office - this time as a Republican.
Hardy ran as a the Democratic nominee against U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in 2014. In 2016, he lost the Democratic primary for Wyoming's sole U.S. House Seat.
Hardy mostly discussed his travels around the state. He does not have a campaign site listed addressing specific issues.
"(Barrasso) didn't talk about healthcare. It's one of hte major reasons people go bankrupt," Hardy said."He didn't talk about college costs. He didn't talk about the fact that a single parent in Laramie County needs $15 an hour to live."
When running as a Democrat, Hardy ran on a platform of rasining the national minimum wage and providing healthcare to all Americans.
He told the Associated Press earlier this year that he has grown pessimistic running as a Democrat.
This is an ongoing series. Check next week's Pine Bluffs Post for stories about Wyoming's state and local office seekers.