(Washington Post) -- After a hard-fought race, I was disappointed on Tuesday to lose the primary to represent Kansas’s “Big First’”congressional district. Representing the citizens of Kansas has been a great honor. I hope that they — and other folks across the United States — will now heed my warning.
Americans are frustrated with what they see on Capitol Hill: career politicians wholly owned by special-interest groups. But why are so few elected officials willing to cast bold votes to reduce government spending, address the massive national debt, secure our border, stop the flow of unvetted refugees into the United States and so on? They’re afraid of being primaried by big-money Washington elites.
When I was elected to Congress in the conservative tea party wave of 2010, I committed both to my family and Kansans that I would not become a creature of Washington, that I would be willing to cast tough votes and that I would stand up to my own party when necessary. I have fought tooth and nail for accountable, open and limited government. For this, I was punished by my party’s leadership when I refused to support massive spending and borrowing that more reflected President Obama’s priorities than conservatives’. In Washington, it turns out that keeping your promises makes you a lot of enemies — especially in Republican circles.
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