As the FreedomWorks Utah and Western States Coordinator I feel it is necessary to respond to emails from candidate Mark Hedengren who has been using FreedomWorks name in several of his campaign emails. I have emailed Mark but have not received a response from him in regards to what I would like to clarify.
First, FreedomWorks has not endorsed Mark's campaign for Congress or anyone that is running in the 3rd Congressional district in Utah nor am I involved in any way in any campaign.
Also, to clarify, Congressman Jason Chaffetz has an 88% score with FreedomWorks whereas Democrat Jim Matheson has a score of 44%. Three of our seven bills FreedomWorks used to calculate the 2014 scores, Congressman Chaffetz missed voting on because his son was returning from his LDS mission. In speaking with the Congressman about how he would have voted on those three bills, he should have a much higher, near perfect score for this past year.
I have found Congressman Chaffetz to always have been very responsive to me and to other FreedomWorks members in regards to questions or concerns on any of his votes. Congressman Chaffetz has led many important and significant fights in Congress and I am appreciative of his efforts.
I hope candidate Mark Hedengren will use caution when misrepresenting FreedomWorks in any future campaign correspondence and felt it was important and necessary to issue this clarification to you as a state delegate.
Utah & Western States Coordinator
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As a delegate, I appreciate the time and effort you are putting into our political process. I want to earn your vote. And, I want to make sure you have all the information you need to make a good decision.
You are likely now experiencing why campaign season is also known as "the silly season" in which some candidates tend to throw mud and misinformation in the hope of gaining some attention and consideration they could not otherwise get. I refuse to play that game, but I'm happy to help keep my record straight. In fact, I am spending a considerable amount of time holding public town hall meetings where I am taking questions from delegates like you as well as members of the public.
I’m proud of my conservative voting record. As your representative, I believe I’ve voted right. I will continue to fight to uphold the Constitution and fight for the principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense.
As you consider these facts, let me shed some light on key issues that have been raised and that I have clarified during my recent town hall meetings. I hope this is helpful to you as you make your decision.
My overall score with FreedomWorks is 88%, one of the highest in Congress. This year it is a bit lower, in large part because I missed three votes. Our only son returned home from his mission to Ghana in the first week of March. I prioritized my family by being here when he came home. I make no apologies. It was the right thing to do. As a result, I missed three of the seven votes scored by FreedomWorks and they counted those votes against me. What does FreedomWorks have to say about this? Click here.
I am in full support of debates that are sponsored by credible third-party hosts. I have not been invited to any such debates to date in this campaign cycle.
You may have noticed I did not speak at the Salt Lake or Utah County Conventions, although I was invited to do so. I refused to speak because my opponents were not given the same opportunity. I refused a similar invitation to address the participants in my own precinct caucus because I did not believe it was fair for me to speak when my opponents could not do so. The only debate invitation I have received to date excluded one of the candidates and did not involve a credible third-party host.
However, I also believe delegates and the public should have the opportunity to challenge my positions and discuss them with me directly. I am holding nine town hall meetings this week and will continue to meet with delegates before, during and even after the convention.
I will tirelessly fight for states’ rights and our ability in Utah to protect ourselves from having internet gambling imposed upon us. For more information about this legislation, please see the opinion piece I wrote in The Hill. You can also read more here.
2014 Appropriations bill
There have been some questions about my vote for the 2014 Appropriations bill. This bill cut discretionary spending. Last December, I explained in detail the reason for my vote here. I am proud of my record of fighting to bring sanity back to the United States budget. In fact, I am the only member of Congress to actually pass a bill ("Cut, Cap and Balance") that would require a balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states.
Reading the bills
I have lived up to my promise and commitment to read bills before voting on them. Yet, an allegation was made that somehow I did not. Click here to read the timeline of one of the bills that was questioned. Remember, this particular bill was a continuing resolution, which meant the bulk of the text was already current law.
My position on education has not changed. I have always fought to repeal No Child Left Behind. There should not even be a federal Department of Education. Furthermore, I believe Common Core is principally wrong and Utah should not be a participant.
Again, thank you for your time and consideration. I understand and share your frustration that our budget is too big, the reach of the Federal government is too large and government on so many levels is out of control. My commitment is to fight for Utah, reign in government and make sure your concerns are heard loud and clear. It's why I ran for Congress, and it is what I spend my time doing as your representative. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
By Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) - 04/07/14
We need to have a debate about whether we really want a full casino attached to every smartphone in America. With the wave of the executive branch magic wand, unfettered Internet gambling could soon be imposed on all 50 states. When the Department of Justice (DOJ) unilaterally reinterpreted the 1961 Wire Act in December 2011, the DOJ circumvented the democratic process and opened the door for a massive policy change absent any significant public debate.
We unequivocally oppose the legalization of online gaming. However, whether one supports or opposes online gaming, there are valid reasons to subject this far-reaching decision to public scrutiny.
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill introduced Wednesday in Congress would prohibit online gambling and reverse an Obama administration decision that opened the door for states to explore Internet gaming.
The legislation sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would reinstate the federal policy that bans online gaming.
Click HERE to read the full article.
Washington » Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to wield the congressional gavel — and subpoena power — that can make the White House quake.
Rep. Rob Bishop is hoping to land the chairmanship that oversees America’s public lands.
These two Utahns in the U.S. House are in line — or trying to be — to head powerful committees in the next congressional session, a possible position of authority the state has never seen on that side of Capitol Hill.
Chaffetz, an up-and-coming GOP star, has been campaigning hard to lead the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has broad power to investigate, dig and probe every agency of the federal government, domestically and abroad.
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Main Street retailers have faced tough competition from online competitors and federal government rules have worked against them. Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is leading an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to find a way to restore state control over sales tax collections and take the federal government’s thumb off the competitive scale.
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