|Rep. Carl Wimmer|
Over two dozen proposed Congressional redistricting maps have already been posted on the Redistrict Utah website:
Wimmer has actually been raising money for months. Encouraged by the fact that he's raised $100,000 so far, he decided to take the first formal step by creating a campaign committee. But he won’t make a final announcement until September or October, when redistricting is finished. KSL news video embedded below:
Carl Wimmer's credentials as a constitutional conservative are unimpeachable. Since being first elected to the legislature from District 52 in 2006, he has most notably pushed legislation restricting abortion, expanding gun rights and trying to assert state sovereignty against the federal government. He is not found on the list of 63 Utah lawmakers who have endorsed Mitt Romney, which indicates he may prefer a more conservative standard-bearer such as Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, or Michelle Bachmann. Special interest ratings:
-- Choice For Education: A perfect 100 percent score for the 2011 session.
-- Utah Taxpayers Association: A perfect 100 percent for the 2011 session.
-- UFIRE Immigration: A perfect A+ for the 2011 session. Voted against HB116.
-- Salt Lake Tribune Combined Scorecard: Wimmer topped the list with a 90.6 rating (the higher the number, the more conservative the lawmaker)
-- UEA (Teachers Union): A score of 17 percent for the 2011 session. Low scores from teachers unions are common and desirable for conservatives.
-- Sierra Club: A score of 25 percent. While the Sierra Club is not as extreme as PETA, this shows that Carl Wimmer won't sacrifice jobs to save prairie dogs.
Wimmer already has his website up and running at CarlWimmer.com. On the issues page, he spells out his positions succinctly and without equivocation. Unlike the neocons who hijacked the Republican Party and forced John McCain on us in 2008, Carl Wimmer opposes corporate welfare and supports tort reform. He will also work to reduce the federal role in education; NCLB forced many school districts to hire more administrators to administer the program, robbing the classrooms of necessary experience. He will continue to fervently oppose any and all efforts to give amnesty to illegal immigrants. You can also visit Wimmer's VoteSmart page.
Possible competition mentioned in a December 21st, 2010 KSL story includes Rep. David Clark (R-Santa Clara), Sen. Margaret Dayton R-Orem), and Morgan Philpot, who narrowly lost this year's 2nd District race to Congressman Jim Matheson. Philpot is definitely interested in another Congressional run, but awaits the outcome of redistricting before committing. Wimmer thinks it's unlikely another conservative Republican will run against him, though.
Carl Wimmer is exactly who we need in Congress. Too bad we can't clone him.