THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: PELOSI STATES CONGRESS MUST APPROVE USE OF MILITARY FORCE

RECEIVED THIS EMAIL FROM NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC MINORITY LEADER IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THIS AFTERNOON. I LIKE HER WELL-REASONED APPROACH. FROM: Nancy Pelosi info@pelosiforcongress.org
To W Williamson
Today at 2:29 PM

Dear Friend,

Hours after President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian airfields in response to Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people, I wrote to Speaker Ryan urging him to call Congress back in to session to debate any further use of military force in Syria.

The Constitution is clear: Article 1 section 8 provides Congress – not the President – with the exclusive authority to declare war.

Further, the War Powers Resolution (WPR) establishes statutory requirements the President must meet to use military force, regardless of whether the use of force qualifies as war. Under the WPR, the President must notify Congress within 48 hours of using force. Congress can then choose to provide the President with authority to continue using force by declaring war, enacting an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – or neither.

As heartbreaking as Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people was, the crisis in Syria will not be resolved by one night of airstrikes. The killing will not stop without a comprehensive political solution to end the violence. The American people are owed a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives to keep our brave men and women in uniform safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians in Syria. As I wrote yesterday, the carnage in Syria has displaced over ten million people — five million of them driven from the country, and more than half of them children. Terrorized by Assad and ISIS, desperate for a place to live in peace, they have received rejection from the U.S. under Trump’s immoral Muslim and refugee ban. We degrade our values and our security when we slam the door in the face of children fleeing such atrocities.

Congress has not authorized a war declaration or an AUMF that allows for military force in Syria against Assad. There is rightful concern about further actions the President might take without Congressional approval in response to Assad or Putin, especially because Trump has offered no long term plan for Syria, presented no exit strategy for current military action, proposed an immoral ban on Syrian refugees to our country, and seeks drastic budget cuts to U.S. diplomatic and humanitarian assets.

For these reasons, Congress must do our duty under the Constitution: return to Washington, receive the classified intelligence about U.S. military actions in Syria, and vote any further response. So far, the GOP leadership has rejected our request and has ignored the imperative for Congress to fulfill its Constitutional duty.

It is imperative that the American people weigh in. Please add your name to our petition, and demand that Congress return to Washington to vote before any further military intervention in Syria.

Thanks,

Nancy Pelosi

Paid for by Nancy Pelosi for Congress

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: A Victory for Kindness

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S.CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

I’m glad that my daughter will not lose her Obamacare as this past Friday
the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to bring to a
vote their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

And I’m happy also for the 24 million Americans who will not now lose
their health insurance which was the prediction by the Congressional
Budget Office.

Nancy Pelosi, our heroic House minority leader, called this Republican
failure a “victory for the American people.” I wholeheartedly agree. And I
would also call it a “victory for kindness,” because if 24 million people
had fallen off the insurance rolls if this bill had passed, it would have
been, I believe, one of the cruelest acts of government in American
history.

Frank Bruni, in an Op-Ed piece in NEW YORK TIMES, puts it this way:
“Republicans floundered in their attempts to come up with a replacement
for Obamacare because the truth, which they know but refuse to say out
loud, is that many of their constituents have benefited from, and have
come to depend on, the changes wrought by Obamacare.” (NEW YORK TIMES,
March 24, 2017, www.nytimes.com).

All this after I heard Rep. David Schweikert, our congressperson from
District 6 against whom I ran in last Fall’s election, proudly declare on
KJZZ, National Public Radio’s Phoenix station, on Friday morning before
the vote was expected to take place, that he was going to vote yes.

Schweikert, despite having constituents whose financial circumstances
require them to get Obamacare, was not among the compassionate ten
moderate Republicans who were going to vote no. (“Who Stopped the
Republican Health Bill?” by Andrews, Bloch, and Park, NEW YORK TIMES,
March 24, 2017, www.nytimes.com).

Except for those ten compassionate MODERATE Republicans that were going to
vote no on the health care bill, the other Republicans reaped what they
have sown for the past seven years with their politics of saying no to
most, if not everything, that our great President Obama wanted to do. The
karma of their perverse nihilism has now come back to haunt the Republican
Party in the Congress. One can only hope that the moderate Republicans
will become role models for those colleagues of theirs who have not yet
learned that people are what is most important.

In the meanwhile, I am very proud of and grateful to Nancy
Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives,
for her epic efforts to turn back the tide of cruelty that the Republican
leaders tried to foist on our country.

The Future Should Be Ours if we continue to support Obamacare. I have
always supported the Affordable Care Act since I first ran for the U.S.
Congress in 2012. I have never wavered from that position and steadfastly
stand by Obamacare now as strongly as ever.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

“Health Act At Risk: Get Coverage Anyway, Experts Say”

Your Money
Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

Your Money Adviser

By ANN CARRNS JAN. 27, 2017

(From THE NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 27, 2017, www.nytimes.com)

THE final deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act is on Tuesday. But with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the law’s future, should consumers bother to shop for coverage?

Yes, say policy experts and consumer advocates. Health plans — and subsidies to help low-income consumers pay for premiums — are in place for this year. Healthcare.gov and the state-based insurance marketplaces are open for business, for consumers who do not have job-based coverage and are seeking individual policies.

“They absolutely should sign up,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Unless something drastic happens, she said, consumers should have coverage and, for those who qualify, help with premiums through the end of the year.

The outlook after that is murky, to say the least. President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are working to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health law, known as Obamacare. But “repealing and replacing” the law, which has expanded health insurance to an estimated 20 million people through individual marketplace plans and the expansion of state Medicaid programs, is complicated. Several proposals have been floated, but it’s not yet clear which, if any, will prevail. And Congress has yet to confirm Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Healthcare.gov.

Advertisements for the enrollment deadline were to have run over the next few days, but the Trump administration pulled them back, which presumably could dampen the number of people who take advantage of the option.

While Republican lawmakers want to do away with the Affordable Care Act, doing so without offering an alternative for people covered under the law is politically perilous. So there is likely to be some sort of transition period from the current system to its successor — whatever that may be.
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Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

“A key question will be how to move from the Affordable Care Act to a new system without threatening coverage for people who have already gotten it,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research group.

All that will play out in the coming months. But currently, coverage is available. “If people need coverage now, they should get it,” Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow with the foundation, said.

Some consumers have complained that premiums and out-of-pocket costs for marketplace plans are high, and doctor choices are limited. Still, the federal government estimates that nearly three-quarters of marketplace customers can find plans for less than $75 a month. And most marketplace shoppers qualify for financial help with their premiums.

“It’s a good idea to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll now,” said Elizabeth Hagan, senior policy analyst with Families USA, an advocacy group.

Ms. Hagan urged consumers to seek help from those known as health care navigators, who are available by phone and in person to help consumers sort through options. Daniel Bouton, program director at the Community Council of Greater Dallas, which offers health care enrollment assistance, said that demand for help remained high and that consumers had been booking appointments for throughout the weekend, including Sunday. (To find assistance locally, you can visit Healthcare.gov and click on “Find local help.”)

Here are some questions and answers about 2017 coverage under the Affordable Care Act:

If I sign up by Tuesday, when will my coverage begin?

Coverage will begin March 1.

What if I don’t sign up by Jan. 31?

You can’t enroll in marketplace coverage or change plans after the deadline, unless you have a special circumstance, like losing job-based coverage, marrying or having a child.

Is there any chance that marketplace health coverage could be disrupted this year?

One outside possibility that health care experts are closely watching comes from a lawsuit known as House v. Burwell. The suit, filed by Republican members of the House of Representatives in 2014, challenges federal payments made to insurers to help low-income people pay for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Under certain situations, the suit could lead to a dismantling of the “cost sharing” payments, causing insurers to pull back from marketplace coverage this year. The suit is delayed until Feb. 21.

Email: yourmoneyadviser@nytimes.com

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THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: “Hidden Figures” Adds Up Nicely

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Did you happen to see the movie “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson
as Katherine G. Johnson who worked for NASA? It’s a great film based on a
true story of Katherine, a math prodigy, and her two colleagues Dorothy
Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who also are NASA employees during the period
when John Glenn made his historic three orbits around our planet.

I saw this great movie with my daughter on the last day of my winter break.

Not only did these three women overcome the obstacles posed by their
gender, but they were in addition African-American, which makes their
ultimate achievements that more gratifying. The movie shows how they
overcame racial prejudice because of their grit, brainpower, and
dedication to the goal of putting American astronauts successfully into
space and getting them back safely as well.

Katherine’s boss, Mr. Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, is struggling to
lead his team of engineers to surmount the technical problems that must be
solved before John Glenn can be launched on his historic mission.
Katherine comes through in the clutch with the needed answers and the
project moves forward towards its accomplishment.

John Glenn, who died this past December at the age of 95, once said:
“We’re more fulfilled when doing something that’s bigger than ourselves.”

I hope that President Donald Trump will carry on President Barack Obama’s
lead in supporting NASA’s programs in its efforts to explore outer space
and our solar system. These programs advance not only the interests of our
own country but are part of an interdependent effort with other nations to
advance the interests of humankind as well. By pursuing the interests of
humankind, all countries can benefit from the discoveries that are
achieved.

In any case, the movie “Hidden Figures,” a wholesome story on the same
great level as the film “October Sky”–also about an American with dreams
of space exploration with NASA–that came out several years ago, is well
worth seeing, and I hope you get the chance to do so.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Dale Carnegie And How To Nurture Normalcy

Jan. 3, 2017

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

There is no doubt that we Democrats have suffered quite a setback on the
national level, and there is much to be concerned–worried, if you will–
about; yet as a student of the Classics, I must remind myself of what the
Roman lawyer and humanistic philosopher Cicero once said: “Dum anima est,
spes est.” “As long as you’re breathing, there is hope.”

Another quote, from the book BE HAPPY by Monica Sheehan, avers: “Don’t
lose hope. (You never know what tomorrow will bring.)”

Yet faced with the possible repeal of Obamacare, by which my 27-year-old
daughter is insured, some anxiety has crept into my thinking.

Dale Carnegie, in his classic book HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING,
at the end of Chapter 6 entitled “How to Crowd Worry Out of Your Mind,”
advises in bold-faced type: “KEEP BUSY. THE WORRIED PERSON MUST LOSE
HIMSELF IN ACTION, LEST HE WITHER IN DESPAIR.”

SO today I wrote a letter to Jeff Flake, one of our U.S. Senators from
Arizona, a Republican, and said: “PLEASE DO NOT VOTE TO REPEAL THE
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT!!” I went on to describe how my daughter’s Obamacare
premium had gone down from $168/month last year to $104/month this year
because her income is less. I told him that she has had quality health
care coverage with Obamacare and that things have been fine. This is the
factual truth.

President-elect Trump tweeted the following misleading message earlier today:

“Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

People must remember that ObamaCare just doesn’t work, and it is not
affordable – 116% increases (Arizona). Bill Clinton called it “CRAZY”
5:46 AM – 3 Jan 2017″ (“Trump and Senate Move Quickly to Repeal Affordable
Care Act,” by Charlie Savage, Maggie Haberman, and Richard Perez-Pena, NEW
YORK TIMES, Jan. 3, 2017, www.nytimes.com).

“The rate increases, revealed in October, had long been predicted in
Arizona, where many insurers had announced plans to drop out of the
marketplace, and THEY AFFECT A SMALL FRACTION OF RESIDENTS” (capitals
added by me) “But they fit the Republican narrative that the law has made
health care worse for Americans, despite the fact that it has provided
coverage to tens of millions of previously uninsured people.” (Same source
as above.)

Yet my daughter’s premium went down 38%!!

There are many untruths about Obamacare in our culture, and uninformed
voters accept and repeat them without taking the time to learn the facts.

In the U.S. Senate, the brilliant Chuck Shumer of New York, upon being
sworn in today as the Democratic minority leader, said: ““It is our job to
do what’s best for the American people, the middle class and those
struggling to get there,” he said. “If the president-elect proposes
legislation on issues like infrastructure, trade and closing the carried
interest loophole, for instance, we will work in good faith to perfect
and, potentially, enact it. When he doesn’t, we will resist.”

He added, “If President-elect Trump lets the hard-right members of
Congress and his cabinet run the show, if he adopts their timeworn
policies — which benefit the elites, the special interests and corporate
America, not the working man and woman — his presidency will not
succeed.”” (“Turmoil Overshadows First Day of Republican-Controlled
Congress,” by Jennifer Steinhauer and Robert Pear, Jan. 3, 2017, NEW YORK
TIMES, www.nytimes.com).

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS if you, as a concerned citizen, take the time to
write to our two U.S. Senators in Arizona, or your congressperson, to let
them know your viewpoint. Our two U.S. Senators–Jeff Flake and John
McCain–have spoken up courageously to disagree with Mr. Trump’s
prejudiced remarks and unethical behavior. We owe them our respect and
must communicate with them so that they know our views. To communicate
with them responsibly and respectfully is a form of normalcy we would do
well to pursue so that we can nurture a balanced viewpoint in the U.S.
Congress that will be in the best interest of our nation.

Thank you for your time and, once again, have a happy and prosperous new
year!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

Copyright 2017 by W. John Williamson

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Holiday Greetings to All!

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS!”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Just wanted to thank everybody who voted for me in this past election on
November 8th!

I ended up with about 38% of the vote: 122,866 votes! I improved about 3%
from 2014.

Also much appreciated are those who donated to my campaign financially!
Thank you many times over! I’m still paying off one final debt, so if you
or anyone else would like to make a financial contribution at this point,
please feel free to go to my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com
and click on “Make a Donation.” Be sure to provide your name, your
address, the name of your employer and your occupation. This is required
by the Federal Election Commission.

The political seas were quite tumultuous during this past campaign season,
and I deeply appreciate all those who offered a word of encouragement to
me. I especially want to thank my sister, Nancy, who, as a senior advisor,
provided much helpful advice and feedback.

As a full-time public high school English teacher, I can happily report
that our district’s semester ended yesterday, so that today I finally have
a chance to write this letter of gratitude to all those who supported me
in my campaign.

As Caroline Kennedy has said: “It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of
work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the
Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and
lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to
keep a family together over the long haul.”
(www.brainyquote.com)

I buy into that thought because my parents provided a meaningful and
generous Christmas to my sister, brother and me throughout our childhood,
and I’m deeply grateful for that. And in my adult life, I find it to be
true for my daughter, myself and my stepson.

And similarly for Hanukkah–the 8-day Jewish “Festival of Lights”–as well
that happens to begin this year in the evening today, the 24th, a rare
occurrence. This is the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar.

So I wish you and yours a happy holiday season in every way through the
challenges and drama that from time to time occurs.

Thanks again to those who voted for me and for your support, and Happy New
Year for 2017!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: My Campaign Video Now On YouTube!!

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

My campaign video is now uploaded on www.youtube.com under
“John Williamson U S Congress”! Please take some time to view it.

To view it, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XxsupllbAs

Or, if that doesn’t work, go to: www.youtube.com and search under “John
Williamson U S Congress.”

I hope you like it!

Thank you for your time, and VOTE WILLIAMSON ON NOVEMBER 8TH!!

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS!!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: I Believe In the More Considerate Tomorrow

November 5, 2016

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string,” wrote the
American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay SELF-RELIANCE in the
19th century.

And so I embarked upon my journey to become the next congressman in
Congressional District 6 about a year ago, my goal being to replace the
current representative, David Schweikert, whose tenure has been one in
which he has been indifferent to the health insurance needs of his
constituents, cavalier in looking the other way to protect consumers from
predatory lenders, and insensitive to the right of women to make their own
decisions about their own bodies.

In addition, Mr. Schweikert holds the view that climate change is
folklore. Give me a break.

Tuesday approaches, the day of reckoning for whether the voters of CD6
will choose a more enlightened approach to congressional governance by
electing me as their next U.S. Representative to move on from the present
glibly benighted attitudes of the double-talking Tea Partier David
Schweikert.

Mr. Schweikert lives in the economic highlands of Fountain Hills, while I
live in the lowlands in the Valley with the People. Mr. Schweikert invokes
the slogans of the Tea Party while I subscribe to the economic principles
of rational Keynesian analysis–in other words, my allegiance is not
limited to the wealthy few, but to all of our citizens, especially to the
middle class and to those on the edge of our society struggling to hold on
to some semblance of security for their families, their jobs and their
dreams for the future.

Unlike Mr. Schweikert, I want to live in a world in which my Hispanic
brothers and sisters are treated with dignity and respect, where my Muslim
friends are not looked upon as second-class citizens, and in which my
African-American compadres are not talked down to as if they don’t have
the ability to think for themselves. How can I make these claims about Mr.
Schweikert? For the simple reason that he has never disavowed the
candidacy of Donald Trump who has espoused derogatory thoughts about these
minority groups not infrequently. Mr. Schweikert has never, to my
knowledge, expressed any qualms about Mr. Trump’s unsettling racial
prejudices–prejudices that I, as a graduate of Saguaro High School in
Scottsdale, cannot accept as my beliefs nor my vision of how American
society is supposed to be.

Moreover, yes, I believe in Obamacare, Hillary Clinton and the democratic
process. Without the Affordable Care Act, my 27-year old daughter, along
with 20,000,000 other American citizens, would not have adequate health
insurance. She, along with many other citizens, has a pre-existing medical
condition that disqualifies her from standard private insurance policies.
As a single dad for 22 years now, I, like other parents with their
children, have striven for the best for her.

Obamacare allowed her when she was 22, to get on my health insurance at
work. It cost me about $450 per month to have her on my benefits. Now she
pays $168 per month for comparable benefits. That is not a failure by any
means.

On Obamacare, what are we–a bunch of quitters in this country? A few
glitches come up in its implementation and we want to throw in the towel?
Did NASA give up space exploration because of the mistakes–some very
tragic–they made? Hardly. If the obstructionists like David Schweikert
would get out of the way, we can tweak the relatively minor problems with
the Affordable Care Act so it can work more efficiently. No major
overhauls are needed; simple readjustments can be made and the bumps can
be ironed out.

Misrepresentatives like Mr. Schweikert have played politics with Obamacare
and ignored the sufferings of the constituents that it is designed to
serve. Not everyone is a millionaire like him whose politics are
self-interested and not other-interested in the sense of lifting up those
with less instead of exalting those who have more.

Furthermore, I advocate for public education and not, like some Republican
misleaders in our state, for the misuse and abuse of private tuition
vouchers. The money in the education fund of our state of Arizona is meant
for the students in the public schools, not for a subsidy for charter or
private schools that should be drawing on their own financial resources.
It’s wrong to take away funds from our inner city, suburban or rural
public schools so that private privilege can be supported.

The strength of our democracy depends on strong public schools, and any
detraction from strong public schools weakens the moral and technological
vibrancy of our country. Strong public education is needed to support the
intellectually achieving students who will become the invincible
cyberwarriors we need to protect our nation’s cyberspace.

Friend, THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS if you will be gracious enough to support
me with your vote on Tuesday. I would ask that you help me bring about a
more considerate tomorrow for minority groups without which our nation
could not have achieved to the greatness that we have today. And a vote
for Williamson is a vote for the middle class as well because strong
public schools build up the middle class too so that the American Dream
can continue for everyone. And for the wealthy I offer thoughtful
decision-making and level-headed thinking, unlike Mr. Schweikert who
participated in two government shut-downs that damaged our nation’s
financial credibility in the eyes of the world.

Let us work together for the more considerate tomorrow!

Thank you for your time, and VOTE WILLIAMSON ON ELECTION DAY!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Schweikert Is NOT The One

October 12, 2016

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

In my travels along the democratic trail, I have learned–contrary to the
ARIZONA REPUBLIC Editorial Board–that David Schweikert, the incumbent
congressman in District 6, is not the prudent, proper nor preferable
choice for voters of that district. As Mr. Schweikert’s challenger, I
would like to point out that David Schweikert has participated gleefully
in two government shutdowns that have damaged our nation’s reputation and
injured blameless Americans.

In 2011, after the shutdown, our nation’s debt rating was downgraded.
Moreover, during the 2013 shutdown, about 800,000 federal employees were
furloughed for two weeks. This caused loss of income to those workers, as
well as took capital out of the economy because of decreased consumption.

Mr. Schweikert has also been insensitive to the medical needs of
lower-income constituents or those with pre-existing conditions. There are
20,000,000 such Americans, including my daughter, who, without Obamacare,
would have nothing to cover their medical needs. Mr. Schweikert has voted
some 45 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act at taxpayer expense.

Furthermore, Mr. Schweikert is a RINO–a Republican in name only. He’s
really a Tea Party person who wants to give business whatever it wants,
regardless of how it may have an adverse effect on citizens. For example,
during the 2014 campaign, I found evidence that showed that Mr. Schweikert
is supportive of the predatory loan industry. He was quoted on the website
consumersforchoice.org as favoring its efforts. An article in THE NATION
magazine states that this website referenced a company that featured loans
with interest rates of 355%.

More than that, Rep. Debbie McCune Davis states in an article on
azcentral.com: “Protecting consumers from predatory lending practices will
take a united effort at the state and national levels. I would be remiss
if I did not call on U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, who is featured on the
Consumers for Choice website, to disassociate from the organization. We
should expect more from Congressman Schweikert.” (“Predatory lenders
skirting Arizona’s payday loan law,” Debbie McCune Davis, Dec. 19, 2013,
www.azcentral.com).

While David Schweikert does not hesitate to allow reckless business
practices, he would deny a woman the right to make decisions about her own
body and health. He opposes the Pro-Choice position for which I strongly
advocate. Nor does he favor reasonable background checks on gun purchases
nor a one-week waiting period as precautions to try to prevent mass
shootings and suicides.

In keeping with his insouciance to constituent concerns, Mr. Schweikert
has refused to participate in a debate with me in what I call a “civic
engagement event.” He and I both graduated from Saguaro High School in
Scottsdale; and my idea is to have a debate with an educational tone in an
effort to encourage young people to engage in our country’s political
process. I would want the debate to take place at our alma mater itself.
He has turned a deaf ear to communications from my staff and myself.

Finally, as if that hasn’t been enough, David Schweikert has not disavowed
the unethical candidacy of Donald Trump, whom the REPUBLIC Editorial Board
has in fact rejected for its presidential endorsement. This means, I
think, that Mr. Schweikert condones Mr. Trump’s abusive behavior towards
women and his racist remarks about Latino federal judge Gonzalo P. Curiel
in Indiana.

Thus, the ARIZONA REPUBLIC Editorial Board erred seriously when, on August
8, it endorsed David Schweikert for the Republican primary AS IF, in my
judgment, they were endorsing him as their choice for the General
Election. Indeed, the headline reads: “Our View: Give outsider Schweikert
a fourth term.” (azcentral.com, Aug. 8, 2016). That is an endorsement for
the General Election, if I’ve ever seen one; not, as I have learned
recently, merely an endorsement for the Primary. It reads like a huge
endorsement of Schweikert for the General Election.

I have since learned that the REPUBLIC Editorial Board will not be making
an endorsement for the General Election in CD6. But in my judgment, they
already have done that with their gung-ho endorsement of Schweikert for
the Republican Primary only.

Why the ARIZONA REPUBLIC Editorial Board is infatuated with Mr. Schweikert
makes a thoughtful person ponder; yet there is nothing to love when a
congressman is indifferent to the interests of consumers, wants to deny
health care to 20,000,000 people who could not get it otherwise except for
Obamacare, denies women the right to make decisions about their own
bodies, and votes against gun measures designed to increase public safety
and save lives.

The ARIZONA REPUBLIC Editorial Board should endorse my candidacy
officially for the General Election, since I am the candidate whose values
are more attuned to the best interests of the health, safety, economic
well-being and individual decision-making freedom of the voters and their
families in Congressional District 6.

Sincerely,

John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

Democratic Nominee

Congressional District 6

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: An Encounter On The Campaign Trail

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

In the year 1976, a lot of good things happened. Of course, it was our
country’s glorious bicentennial. But also in 1976 my mom, Alice
Williamson–who is now 91 and living in an assisted living facility–was
the president of the Scottsdale Democratic Luncheon Club.

We’ll get back to this later, after I tell about something that happened
this past Thursday when I went with Mom to her doctor’s appointment at the
CIGNA downtown Phoenix medical center at 3rd St. and E. Earll Drive. She
had to see a podiatrist there because she is recovering from an injury to
her left lower leg and podiatrists these days attend to this kind of a
wound. The dressing needs to be changed every week.

The appointment went well and her wound is almost healed. At least one
more visit will be necessary.

It was while she and I were waiting in the lobby to be picked up by the
transportation lady from where Mom lives, that I saw someone who I felt
quite sure was Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema walking in our direction
accompanied by a small entourage. I think she noticed that I was looking
at her as if to ascertain it was really her. Then she walked on by to some
kind of meeting.

In about 20 minutes, she came out of this meeting and was walking back
towards where Mom and I were sitting, still waiting for our ride. I turned
around and saw her close by and said: “Are you Kyrsten Sinema?”

She said yes and walked over to talk with Mom and me. She shook my hand
and, in her very bright and compassionate way, asked me my name. I told
her and she went over to Mom, who was in a wheelchair, and said: “How is
everything going here?”

Mom gave a big smile, sensing, I think, that she was being greeted by
someone very important who cared about her.

“In 1976,” I told Kyrsten, “Mom was the president of the Scottsdale
Democratic Luncheon Club.”

Kyrsten looked at me with some astonishment and said: “I was BORN in 1976!”

Then she left and she and her entourage took the elevator upstairs,
presumably to another meeting.

But that was not all, because about 15 minutes later Mom and I were still
waiting for our ride and Kyrsten came back down to the lobby. I had told
her when she first came over that I was the Democratic nominee for
District 6, but I think she misunderstood and thought I meant LEGISLATIVE
District 6 and not CONGRESSIONAL District 6. So now I clarified this as
she walked by us again:

“I’m the Democratic nominee in CONGRESSIONAL District 6,” I said.

Kyrsten smiled broadly and said with some humor: “Then you’ve got your
work cut out for you.”

Friend, Congresswoman Sinema is right: it’s an uphill battle for a
Democratic candidate like myself in Congressional District 6, but it is
not hopeless. If you would like to contribute financially to my campaign,
please go to my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on
“Make a Donation.” Then, through safe and secure PayPal, you can support
my efforts financially. If you would like to send a check, you may use the
address listed on that same page for my campaign committee. Please be
sure, as per Federal Election Commission requirements, to include your
name, address, the name of your employer and your occupation.

I thank greatly all those who have contributed so far. I really need your
help to fight against the Schweikert juggernaut, a kind of political
cyborg that seems sometimes to be unstoppable. Yet with support from
ladies and gentlemen like yourselves, I can win.

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS when we recognize and condemn David Schweikert’s
hypocrisy when he says he wants to “save the Republic.” In 2011 and 2013
when he supported two government shutdowns, he caused damage to our
government and to the American people. In 2011, Schweikert’s support of
the shutdown led to the downgrading of the U.S. debt rating. In 2013
Schweikert was part of the same group of intransigent Republicans whose
shutdown efforts led to about 800,000 federal employees being furloughed
for two weeks. That caused a lot of pain to families who depended on that
income that was not there for 14 days. That was also money not available
for consumption to support the economy and jobs. (“The Future Can Be Ours:
Schweikert’s Shutdown Shenanigans,” by W. John Williamson, Sept. 8, 2014,
www.williamsonforuscongress.com in the “What’s News” section.)

Moreover, David Schweikert has not disavowed the unethical candidacy of Donald Trump.
(“More Than 150 Republican Leaders Don’t Support Donald Trump. Here’s When
They Reached Their Breaking Point,” by Karen Yourish, Larry Buchanan and
Alicia Parlapiano, New York Times, Oct. 8, 2016, www.nytimes.com).

And so, my fellow citizens, ask not what you can do to help David
Schweikert “save the Republic,” but what you can do to save the Republic
from David Schweikert.

Vote WILLIAMSON on November 8th!

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona