Fitzgerald – Gilstrap
What’s the Difference?
Many people have been wondering just what the difference is between myself and Mark Gilstrap. It is in fact a very good question; one I hope to shed some light on here. Both Mark and I are pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment Republicans. The real difference between us lies in our positions on the government spending, support to small business, and illegal aliens. Allow me to explain those differences and why we need a different kind of leader in the State Senate.
NRA and KSRA have given us both an A rating. I am strongly in favor of recognition of our Constitutional rights regarding firearms.
Government Spending, Support for Small Business? – Big difference
In 2008 Mark was rated by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) as being the worst senator in Kansas. Mark scored a 50 – no senator scored lower. But Mark had often scored low on such ratings. Kansas Taxpayer Network scored him at a 20 one year and even 10 another. I started two small businesses – creating jobs that provided income to Kansas families. In 2008 while Mark was getting low scores, I was endorsed by NFIB.
Illegal Aliens? – We have a different history
Mark voted in 2004 to provide instate tuition to illegal aliens and in 2008 he helped to successfully defend it against an act which would have ended it – while at the same time denying this benefit to ROTC cadets who are American citizens. 1 He now claims he voted in 2008 to end all benefits for illegal aliens – but that vote was on an amendment that was never going to pass and everyone knew it.
Leadership – Making a difference, getting things done
Leadership is setting goals and objectives and finding ways to achieve them – getting others to help. Starting businesses demanded leadership. I helped start the local Kansans For Life, co-founded The Leadership Series for Republican men, and am working to unify the Republican Party for victory in 2012.
My experience is as an Army officer and a businessman in the private sector and in grass roots Republican political activity. I have been elected to the school board and as vice president of the school board. I have also been elected as the treasurer of the Kansas State Republican Party.
When did Mark start claiming to be a conservative Republican? In 2008 Mark was all about being a Democrat, claiming “I’ve been in the senate for 12 years [as a Democrat]. I haven’t changed” and “a more than 92 percent agreement between the votes of [Senator] Hensley [Democrat Minority Leader] and himself. “2 But, after the Democrat voters handed him a 22% defeat he changed parties.
Win or lose, I am and I have been the Conservative Republican candidate for the 5th District Senate seat. My positions have not changed – my affiliations have not changed. The real difference between us is that with me you can be sure of who and what you are voting for.
1 Journal of the Kansas Senate, Wednesday, March 26, 2008