I hold in my hands a campaign advertisement from Steve Clark. It came to my home via Parcel Post. Steve has gone overboard with disingenuous claims against my friend and revered Congressman Ralph M. Hall.
First of all, Steve Clark calls himself a “conservative Republican”. Ralph is a genuine Republican, my son David is a genuine Republican, Ken Dickson is a genuine Republican, and I am a genuine Republican. How do I know my fellow genuine Republicans? I regularly meet them at Republican meetings where we have genuine conversations about important issues.
To my knowledge, and to the best of my memory, I recall only ever seeing Steve Clark at the Men’s Club one time. Strong Conservative?
Second, let’s examine his implication that Ralph opposes term limits. Last month, I asked my Congressman about his stand on term limits. He sent me a large manila envelope containing copies of several documents pertinent to his actions on term limits. Sitting on my work table, fewer than three feet from my eyes, is that envelope containing a copy of an “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.J. Res. 2 Offered by Mr. Hall of Texas”, dated March 8, 1995. This amendment, had the bill become law, would have established involuntary term limits fifteen years ago. A copy of another document, a press release from the Term Limits Legal Institute, dated April 12, 1995, “applauds Rep. Ralph Hall for voting YES on final passage of congressional term limits”. In fact, he voted for four term limits bills. The bills failed due to lack of a super majority favoring them.
I asked Congressman Hall why he submitted the amendment. “Because my constituents wanted me to”, he answered.
Third, about Clark’s defamatory claim that Ralph Hall is “losing touch with us”, it is easier for me to talk with my Congressman than to get time with some folks who never leave Rockwall County. Indeed, I make it a point of visiting his Rockwall office, calling or sending email to comment on issues and I always get a reply. If the case is such that Steve Clark is not in touch with Ralph, it can only be because he doesn’t want to be. [Click here for Ralph Hall’s biography]
Tom Brokaw’s book titled “The Greatest Generation”, tells the stories of “individual men and women, the story of a generation, America’s citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America.” Among these, the Greatest Generation, were orchestra leader Glenn Miller, American Airlines President C. R. Smith, 41st President George H. W. Bush and Congressman Ralph M. Hall.
To Steve Clark I say, we in Congressional District 4 continue to re-elect Ralph Hall because he represents us and he works hard to maintain personal contact with the people of his district. As Dean of the House, no one has greater prestige among the members of the House of Representatives. We Republicans are poised to retake the floor of the House and Congressman Ralph M. Hall is prepared to demonstrate that The Greatest Generation has the Right Stuff to reverse the perilous course of action undertaken by the Democrat majority.
Rockwall County TEA Party Organizer