Eye Candy For My Fellow UP Gentlemen


Six Republican lady nominees are running for 23 seats that are either open or an incumbent Democrat is their opponent in the US Senate. Twenty-five Republican lady nominees are running for 157 seats that are either open or an incumbent Democrat is their opponent in the US House.

The title reflects a lighthearted approach for this piece. August is a good time to allow yourself a few easy moments because the next two months will be a time of vicious attacks from Democrats. They will use every opportunity to proclaim umbrage and outrage intended to divide our nation along gender, race, religion, and wealth lines. Of course this is entirely disingenuous on their part, but be prepared for the onslaught.

Fourteen of the Republican ladies running for the US House and Senate especially caught my eye, and I expect my fellow UP gentlemen know what I mean. You’ll also understand why the songs, California Girls and Windy kept bouncing around inside my head. Believe it or not, physical appearance is a factor for winning. These ladies are not just new pretty faces. They are Republicans whose victories would improve the results from the Senate and the House.

Senate nominee Elizabeth Emken

Prosperity doesn’t just happen by accident. And government, no matter how well intentioned, can’t produce it or protect it. Just the opposite. Government is responsible for America’s regulatory crisis and creating a climate that increases costs, handcuffs innovation and limits opportunity. To return to prosperity, it’s time to retire career politicians like Dianne Feinstein who created this red tape nightmare.

3rd District House nominee Kim Vann

Last week, President Obama told business owners across America that they ‘didn’t build that.’ But it’s clear what President Obama and his friend John Garamendi have built: a stagnant economy, a nation crippled by growing debt, and a record of failed policies that have provided no relief to the economic challenges plaguing the people of California.

It’s time for a new direction. It’s time for common sense solutions that will grow the economy—not burden our small businesses with job-killing regulations. It’s clear that John Garamendi’s out-of-touch policies haven’t worked. Californians deserve better.

11th District House nominee Virginia Fuller

The War on Terror is real! The numerous attacks by Islamic fascists on U.S. soil and against our allies are not just criminal acts or “Man made disasters”. Let’s not kid ourselves, they are acts of War.

We the PEOPLE MUST not allow our spineless legislators to make our armed forces sacrificial lambs as their price for political correctness when waging war against beheading savages.

14th District House nominee Debbie Bacigalupi

There is far, far too much regulation. It’s killing our freedom of choice, killing opportunities, and killing American business. The last few years have seen over 100,000 new laws enter the books; California is getting thousands of new ones every year. We need less regulation and less government intrusion, not more of either. Elect me, and I’ll work to enact only laws that are in concert, not in conflict, with the Constitution, and to reform laws that work against American freedoms and our founding concepts.

17th District House nominee Evelyn Li

We need to get America working again. This is done by encouraging businesses with tax relief, less regulation, and the ability to use their creativity to discover and produce better services and products. This approach will increase the number of jobs we have available for our workforce. Let the private sector lead the charge on recovering our economy, not the government. We want to cultivate an environment that supports our independent entrepreneurs in business, not stifles them. We want to innovate new products and services so we can once again lead this world in technology. We want laws that protect and propel forward and upward the very ones who bring America to the next level.

New York

Senate nominee Wendy Long

The main purpose and idea of my campaign is not original. I can’t claim authorship. An inspired group of New Yorkers and other Americans came up with the idea, about 225 years ago.

It’s called limited self-government, of the people, by the people, and for the people.

No one in this country is above the law, and no one is beneath it. The law is what protects the weak from the strong, affirms the dignity of every person, and overlooks no one in its demand of equal justice.

The principles and ideals of the American Constitution and Declaration of Independence are what give us hope for a future that is bright for businesses large and small, for jobs and free enterprise and private property in New York, for safety for our families, and for individual freedom.

More than anything else, our Constitution and its principles are what unite us, and always have.

I won’t go to Washington looking for enemies, but I won’t go there fearing anyone either. With all the troubles our country faces, we can no longer take time for granted. I know I am not the only one who sees this nation at a turning point- where things could get much worse or much better- depending on the choices we make in this election.

25th District House nominee Maggie Brooks

Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter voted to maintain ObamaCare and one of the largest tax hikes in American history. Like everyday taxpayers across our community, I think that Mrs. Slaughter’s vote can be described with one word – wrong. ObamaCare is wrong for our economy, because it will make it harder for small business to create jobs and hire American workers. ObamaCare is wrong for our seniors and families, because it will force millions of Americans from their current plans and end Medicare as we know it. And, after voting with entrenched partisans in her party to levy a massive new tax on the American people, it is clear that Louise Slaughter is wrong for Monroe County, too. That’s why, with the continued support of local voters, I look forward to working collaboratively in Congress to replace ObamaCare with real reform that best serves American families, while protecting taxpayers.


At-large House candidate Rose Izzo

We need to develop a strong economic environment in order to help small businesses grow. This will, in turn, create jobs and new opportunities for our fellow Delawareans. I believe we need to cut taxes on small businesses, and this will open up more jobs for prospective employees. As it stands now, the Federal Government has an extremely oppressive way of regulating taxes, restricting business startups, and hindering innovation along with prosperity.

We need to help businesses instead of penalizing them. I will fight to burn every regulation that restricts and kills entrepreneurs and small businesses from succeeding.


5th District House nominee Susan Brooks

Private businesses, not government, provide the jobs that grow our economy. Small businesses, in particular, have been the engine of our economy that has historically led the way out of a recession and economic down-turn. In order to do that, businesses need an environment of certainty and a globally competitive framework in which to succeed.

Our businesses are not failing us. Our government is failing us. And it is getting worse every day.

The proper role of government in job creation is to create an environment of certainty in which businesses in the private sector can and will invest, innovate, prosper, and profit. Jobs will follow. It is urgent that we cut wasteful and out-of-control spending; reduce taxes to create a globally competitive tax environment; remove unnecessary, burdensome and costly regulations and paperwork; speed the services required by our businesses; and foster the innovation that has and will continue to make this country great.


2nd District House nominee Ann Wagner

As a first-time candidate for Congress I do a lot of listening these days and, as a result, a lot of learning. Whether visiting at kitchen tables and coffee shops or businesses throughout Missouri’s 2nd District, I am hearing from a lot of women and they are genuinely and sincerely worried about the future of our great nation. They fear their children and grandchildren will not have the same opportunities they did, the same shot at the American Dream. I believe this new group of concerned, and politically awakened women are echoing the major concerns of this country. They will be heard and known as “Budget Moms.”

Budget Moms want an economic environment that fosters growth, encourages competition, and creates jobs and opportunities so the free enterprise system can flourish unencumbered by government over-regulation and interference.

They are tired of an Administration that seeks to divide us for political gain by class, race, age, or gender – pitting American against American. They see the impact this divisiveness has on families and the fear it creates, generating an instinctive skepticism toward an over-reaching government that wants to replace the family structure and chip away at our liberties.

Now they’re talking about a war on women, but there shouldn’t be a war on women; there should be a battle — a battle for our votes. In the St. Louis area alone, we account for nearly 53 percent of the population, making us one of the largest voting blocks in the country and we have our sights set on the 2012 election.

My grandmother always said that a mother is only as happy as her most unhappy child and I see a whole generation of unhappiness ahead if we continue down our current path. Budget Moms understand this, they know we must make a change and if you listen you’ll know change is coming.


13th District House nominee Marisha De Guzman Agana

I have developed strength from my experience in the loss of freedom in the Philippines. That same strength helps me through the sufferings of the families I see in my practice. It’s time to use that strength to join the people in restoring America.


17th District House nominee Laureen A. Cummings

Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan is a talented and experienced fiscal conservative who understands the challenges facing our country. His selection confirms that the Mitt Romney is committed to turning America around. The ‘R & R’ team promises America some badly needed “r&r” from the irresponsible, job killing policies of the Obama Administration. Paul Ryan is the right choice at the right time and I commend Mitt Romney on his selection.


34th District House nominee Jessica Puente Bradshaw

My job as your congresswoman will be to get Washington, DC out of our way, so that the Texan entrepreneurial spirit can grow, prosper and produce jobs!


4th District House nominee Mia Love

Utah is home because when I moved to Utah I found people who believed the same thing I do: in fiscal discipline, limited government, personal responsibility, The only history I’m interested in making is getting our fiscal house in order.

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Larry Eastbay
August 26, 2012 4:31 pm

Elizabeth Emken is the real deal. Met her at a local TEA Party meeting and she’s all about Conservative Values.
Also, as you note, very easy on the eyes 😉

E Pluribus Unum
August 27, 2012 12:19 am

And just for the record, Virginia Fuller is not my sister, so….. ya know, it’s not ILLEGAL… just sayin’.

Pilgrim, you are one naughty boy. I think one of the UP ladies is entitled to put up a matching candidate beefcake piece.

August 27, 2012 9:22 am

I know a few conservative women who just about swoon over some of the male GOP candidates we have. In fact, I’ve seen he-man pictures going round the ‘net so our gender is getting their fair share. 🙂

August 27, 2012 11:21 am

Ryan is sure a hunk. So is Adam Kinzinger but he turned out to be not too much of a Tea Party congressman.