Posts Tagged ‘CPAC’

Statement on Boren Announcement to Not Seek Re-election

June 8, 2011

— 08 June, 2011 —

     Yesterday afternoon Rep. Dan Boren announced he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  Rep. Boren had been elected to four consecutive terms to serve the interests of the good, hard-working citizens of Eastern Oklahoma and, I believe, in his mind he truly believed he worked toward this end and each election victory he secured served to reinforce that belief.  Rep. Boren served the citizens of Eastern Oklahoma, but, I do not believe he served them well.

     I actually like Dan Boren…you can’t help but like him.  I disliked Rep. Dan Boren as a representative of We, the people in Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional district as his actions (votes), more often than not, did not represent the values and principles of OUR nations founding which mirror the values and principles of the citizens of Eastern Oklahoma.  With that being said, and from Rep. Boren’s perspective, he did SERVE in a very trying position during very contentious times…for that I offer my appreciation and wish Dan Boren and his family nothing but the best in the days ahead.

     In the hours leading up to Rep. Boren’s official announcement, and persisting up to the writing of this statement, I have received over a hundred communications inquiring about the road ahead.  I truly believe OKD2 will become a Republican pick-up come Nov. 2012.  Several potential Republican candidates have already begun to appear in the public domain.  Former State Representative Tad Jones, Freshman State Senator Josh Brecheen, and current State House Representative George Faught (who has formed an Exploratory Committee) are among them. 

     This upcoming election season will bring a national political spotlight to OKD2, and deservedly so, the likes of which we have never seen.  After a total absence of National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) involvement in OKD2 during the past decade-plus, the NRCC began, two months ago, with robocalls targeting Boren’s district that signaled their intent to carry through with a promise which failed to come to fruition this last election cycle.  With Boren removed from consideration, Oklahoma’s slate of elected Republicans will now be free to support a Republican for this open seat.

     Over the past several months myself  and members of the campaign have been asked as to my aspirations regarding this congressional seat.  With the recent announcement, those questions have become a bit more persistent.  My answer now is the same as it was six months ago:  I have no plans to seek the Republican party nomination for U.S. Congress to represent Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  We believe that efforts to restore constitutional government, openness, accountability, government restraint, fiscal responsibility, systemic prosperity rather than systemic decline, expansion of Freedom, and individual Liberty can best be focused by utilizing many of the other very important avenues.

     I look forward to the upcoming campaign season which will most assuredly culminate in the election of a true constitutional conservative to represent the wonderful folks of Oklahoma District 2…a representative OF the people which We, the people of Eastern Oklahoma require, deserve, and demand.

May God continue to Bless each and every one us

Thank you,

Howard Houchen

CPAC Update for 20 Feb. 2010

February 21, 2010

Whew! It’s over. It seems as if the past five days were 10 days long. The Houchen for Congress team that traveled to DC to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, meet with individuals and groups to seek help with the campaign, and to solidify contacts previously made, has been successful and is more than ready to return home to beautiful Eastern Oklahoma to meet and talk with the good citizens once again.

The last day of events included speeches from “the heavy-weights” (as some media outlets reported) and in most instances they were correct. Newt Gingrich entered the hall to the old and tested rock tune by Survivor…”Eye of the Tiger”. Personally, I didn’t care for the “rock-star” entrance but it was catchy and most of the folks felt fine with it. His speech wasn’t as “Rockin” as his entrance, though it was fairly good.

Ann Coulter’s cuts and jabs at the entire Progressive machine was…how do I put this…not really able to receive a Rated G status but I do like her irreverence of political correctness…she pretty much just tells it the way she views it.

LtCol. Allen West offered a very nice patriotic and moving speech while Bob McEwen probably made the most sense of the day with his very concise and common-sense filled descriptions of what it truly means to practice the principles of economic freedom.

During this last day we still met with groups like RightMarch PAC and Republican Liberty Caucus, who have already endorsed the Houchen for Congress campaign, and with new endorsers and supporters we will begin announcing shortly.

Then came Glenn Beck and his chalkboard. The only criticism I will offer of his speech was his stated belief that he had not heard the Republican Party “apologize” for its Progressive tendencies of the past. Michael Steele may not have but I have certainly heard our own State Chair, Mr. Gary Jones, say publicly that the trouncing received in ’08 was due to Republicans losing their way and not steadfastly holding to those Conservative principles we are supposed to uphold. Mr. Beck…once again Oklahoma is leading the way and you either ignore it or just don’t know about. Look into us a bit more Mr. Beck, maybe you’ll see why we are the reddest of the red states and why we need a little more Oklahoma in Washington and a whole lot less Washington in Oklahoma and around the country. Other than that, I thought Glenn’s speech was entertaining and slightly enlightening.

At the conclusion of the last day of events I was able to meet with American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene and discuss the journey we have embarked on in Eastern Oklahoma to unseat Mr. Blue-Dog himself…Dan Boren. Mr. Keene was very attentive, kind, and very interested.

We also met and spoke with Mrs. Herring of “Charlie Wilson’s War” fame. She was the philanthropist who supplied many of the “resources” necessary to help the Afghans defeat the Soviets in the 1980’s.

This morning, I once again met with an old friend from our days, a couple of decades ago, at Sears Automotive…ChucK Southard, now President of Evertson International, INC. He looks and acts just like he did way back when and I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to catch up with him and his all-grown-up daughter once again.

Real quick summation here: I did not hear one single new major theme, point, proposal, or policy statement that I haven’t already been talking and/or writing about across Eastern Oklahoma over the past 10 months. Rule of Law, Constitutional Conservatism, limited government via limited spending, economic freedom, individual Liberty, personal responsibility, even the Oklahoma born phrase, “Kneecap and Tax” (originally coined by 2004 Rep. Candidate Wayland Smalley and adopted by yours truly the next day) was proudly proclaimed on the stage and to millions of TV viewers. Capitol gains and personal tax reductions, energy dependence via domestic production and nuclear energy, strong national defense, and abolition of Departments of Energy, Education, and Agriculture. Even the notion of “governance is busted” (remember the article and speeches some 9 months ago on “American governance is busted…and it needs new batteries”) was tossed about during this past week, not only at CPAC but on many of the print news magazines, newspapers, radio, and TV news shows.
More to come on this last topic in a bit…stay tuned to Houchen for Congress!

CPAC Update for 18 Feb. 2010

February 19, 2010

The events of Thursday were numerous detailed. The first point I would like to make that the media seems to not be mentioning is how MOST of the speakers here are talking about how 2010 is not a traditional Democrat vs. Republican event, rather it is a referendum on the size and scope of federal government and who can best limit and decrease its growth while while fixing our economic problems.

One other item that Judge Napolitano just mentioned on Fox News: He stated 2500 were in attendance…there will be close to 10,000 different individuals attend CPAC this year according to tickets sold.

I met and spoke with Marco Rubio after his speech here. Truly a nice guy with intellect and possesses that down-home common sense. I met and spoke with Doug Hoffman of the now famous NY-23 race…kind of a quiet guy but super nice and dedicated to REAL conservatism.

I was interviewed by The Washington Post and by (get ready) Canadian Broadcasting Co. Radio…I seem to draw the foreign media!

Scott Brown seemed nervous and Liz Cheney oozed confidence while former VP Dick Cheney’s lack of concern for “political correctness” brought down the house.

Mitt Romney was very polished and quote humorous while speaking in terms I have not heard him use before relative to limited government government and constitutional conservatism. It appears as if the demands of the heart and soul of America are being heard loud and clear.

Sen. Jim DeMint gave a really good speech detailing his and fellow Republican Senators role in stopping the current extreme progressive agenda.

I met and spoke with Carl Cameron of Fox News and took a few pics! Wayne LaPierre pf the NRA gave a very good and passionate speech while Dick Armey was just plain good. Rep. John Boehner was my second favorite speaker of the day with his offering of specifics about how he wanted to bring about REAL transparency in House activities and legislation.

For the sake of time I’ll jump right to my favorite speaker of the day…George Will! Please,please, please attempt to find a place where you can access and watch Mr. Wills speech last night. You can go to http://www.cpac.com and it should be archived. His delivery and the substance reminded me of William F. Buckley. I got to meet and speak with George Will afterwards and this was a highlight of the day not to mention the literally scores of individuals we met and talked to who are so supportive and interested in our journey to unseat Mr. Blue-Dog himself, Dan Boren.

A quick story: We were standing in a very large reception visiting with fellow attendees about the Houchen for Congress campaign back home and I noticed a particular gentleman walk into the room…he looked very familiar and I was convinced he was an actor or some other noted personality. I could’t quite put my finger it though…why was he familiar? I approached him and asked: “You look familiar, do I know you from somewhere?”. After a few words he said: “Howard Houchen!?!?” He and I worked at Sears Automotive as mechanics back in the mid-80’s together while going to the University of Oklahoma. We haven’t seen each other in 22 years! He owns an oil company with rigs in South America today. Small world.