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Florida's J.R. Gaillot is running for Congress. Please help him beat Cliff Stearns.

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I've introduced you to my friend J.R. Gaillot in a past post. Now he is introducing his run for Congress via an email. Please share (bolding mine):

I am a Candidate I am in: Today you are among the first to hear the news. I will officially announced my Candidacy for United States House of Representatives (FL) 3rd District. Please visit my website and like my Facebook Page and Follow me on Twitter for Updates.  I need your help, you have a chance to help make History. Your contributions will help me get my message out.  We need to stop electing millionaires who don't know what its like to struggle a day in their lives. I am like you; an American who knows what its like to face huge medical bills, and knows what its like to make cuts. You will not regret having me as a friend in Congress.

At 11:30 am on the steps of City Hall in Gainesville Fl, a new era for the 3rdCongressional District begins.  A new candidate has emerged; J.R Gaillot, a father of 3, a 10 year resident of Clay County, and small business owner.  J.R Gaillot has been in the trenches, knocking on doors and speaking to voters all over the state. J.R circulated petitions in 33 different counties in the state to secure the required amount of signatures.

Career politician Cliff Stearns has been in office for 22 years, and job creation has been last on his list.  Cliff Stearns has spent his entire congressional career helping his friends secure cushy jobs, exorbitant contracts, and highly paid non-profit positions that require a miniscule amount of work.
 
Cliff Stearns has spent 22 years attacking women’s rights and his votes in the 112th congress clearly demonstrate his views that women are worth less than men.
 
People are suffering and people need jobs. We need to create high paying jobs, and we need to get government out of the way of small businesses. We need to stop sending jobs overseas, we need to stop funding wars; we need to stop building things like the most expensive embassy in history.  It’s time to stop electing career politicians who do not care about common people.  Please make a contribution of $25 here to help J.R get his message out
 
It’s time for J.R Gaillot, a real American who knows the challenges of meeting a payroll, who understands the challenges of not spending more than he takes in.  J.R understands what its like to face medical bills, and knows what its like to balance a budget under the tightest circumstances.
 
J.R Gaillot will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional district of Florida, where jobs, education, health care, integrity, equal pay, and the constitution still matter.

In Unity there is Strength

Jason Bartlett
Political Director

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VIDEO- Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL): Women who receive abortions should face criminal charges.

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Via at Think Progress:

Cliff Stearns thinks women who make the painful decision to get an abortion are criminals who should be punished.

What? War on Women? What?

Matthews: So it should be a criminal matter for the woman as well as the doctor?

Stearns: I think so. You are killing an embryo and in some cases you are killing an embryo that is four or five months into gestation.

Chris Matthews pushed and pushed until he finally got an answer, and that answer made my blood pressure shoot through the roof.

Stearns has got to go. The candidate who should take his place, J.R. Gaillot, is a friend of mine, and his website is at this link, so please hop over and show your support. J.R. is a great guy who is, you know, pro-women.

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Introducing J.R. Gaillot, the man who must beat Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL)!

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J.R. Gaillot

Get to know Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and then support J.R. Gaillot for Congress.

You can read about Stearns here (re: anti-Planned Parenthood), here (birther), here (wants to sell off national parks), here (abolish the Department of Energy), and here (Jon Stewart rips into him for wanting 9/11 first responders to be checked against the terrorist watch list), and watch these:

Via

Now get to know J.R., in his own words:

My name is J.R Gaillot, I am a father of three, and I am a small business owner, and from 2004-2011, I worked as a consultant for Citigroup.

And I am not a millionaire.

I face the challenges that everyone faces in a tough economy, like having difficulty accessing capital to expand my business. Unlike what goes on in Washington, I know what it's like to make cuts: I have had to cut my cable, drive a cheaper car, and I use coupons.

I have watched the Republicans cut education funding, and I've seen the dropout rate in Clay County increase.

And now there is this war on women.

It really makes me wonder about all those men who want to dictate how women should live and tell them what they should, or shouldn't, do, with their own bodies.

The GOP, led by Cliff Stearns, is opposing the re-authorization of the Violence against Women Act, and Stearns actually feels that Rush Limbaugh was right when he called Sandra Fluke a slut. That speaks volumes, right there.

He's a birther, believing that President Obama is not a United States citizen, he wants to sell our National parks, and he thinks federal employees have too many days off.

He defends his investigation of Planned Parenthood, an organization that saves lives, that has given women who can't afford it, access to lifesaving care. That's a major difference between us: I stand up for women's rights.

And Stearns is the guy who forces 9/11 workers to go through a terrorist watch list.

The contrast between us couldn't be starker.

Please donate to J.R. Gaillot here:

Cliff Stearns hates women. He wants to end Planned Parenthood and now he and Republicans in Congress will oppose re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Can you donate $3 to Help stop Cliff Stearns? Help raise $25,000 to send a defender of Women's health to Congress!

J.R Gaillot for Congress! He's a great guy, I know him personally, he's honest, caring, progressive, and very cool.

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Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortions

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The link goes to "Life News" so I'm warning you before you click over. I think we need to ask Rep Stearns (@RepCliffStearns) how spending taxpayer money and wasting time with vengeful investigations is creating jobs? You can donate to PP at any time here.

A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.

In a September 15 letter LifeNews.com obtained, Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, writes to Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.

“Pursuant to Rules X and XI of the United States House of Representatives, the Committee on Energy and Commerce is examining the institutional practices and policies of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates, and its handing of federal funding,” Stearns writes. “That Committee has questions about the politics in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion.”

The letter asks Richards to comply with current federal regulations and legal obligations by providing Congress with a wide range of documents within two weeks of the date of the letter.


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The Dems in the House react-

In a Sept. 27 letter to oversight subcommittee Chairman Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who launched the GOP investigation earlier this month, the Democrats argue that there's "no predicate that would justify this sweeping and invasive request to Planned Parenthood."

"The HHS Inspector General and state Medicaid programs regularly audit Planned Parenthood and report publicly on their findings," Waxman and DeGette wrote. "These audits have not identified any pattern of misuse of federal funds, illegal activity, or other abuse that would justify a broad and invasive congressional investigation."

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