I resigned today

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This morning, I tendered my resignation as a member of the Utah House of Representatives to join the Dan Liljenquist for US Senate campaign.

It has been an honor to serve the people of District 57. I thank them for allowing me to serve them for the past year. I have SO enjoyed the opportunity to represent them and hope I was able to add to the dialogue on Utah’s Capitol Hill.  I am pleased to say there are many good people in Pleasant Grove who could step into the legislature and continue to advocate for limited government and fiscal restraint. The people of District 57 are good people and I am confident the delegates will choose my replacement wisely.
 
It was a difficult decision for me and not one that I made lightly.  As I decided to join Dan Liljenquist’s campaign, I knew I could not in good conscience focus on a Senate race AND be fully present during the legislative session.  It would not be fair to my constituents to be distracted by another campaign.  I will continue serving whole-heartedly – it will just be in a different capacity.  At the end of the day, we need good government at ALL levels – and that includes the federal level.

After decades of politicians centralizing power and money in Washington in the misguided belief that somehow a bloated federal government knows best, we have arrived at a critical juncture. Do we continue down the road of big government and massive spending? Or do we face reality, rebalance as a nation and move forward with a limited government that lives within its means? I have not given up on America, but to reclaim its greatness and its shining spot on the Hill, we must change the “business as usual” in Washington. To do that, we must change who we send to represent us.  We need leaders who understand that our debts must be paid, that we must stop spending money we do not have, who will look the American people in the eye and tell them the truth and we need leaders who care more about the next generation than the next election. Dan Liljenquist is that type of leader.

As my children continue to grow up, I’ve had to answer hard questions about the massive debt our generation has saddled them with – $48,500 per person and rising. I am beyond concerned at what their future looks like if we continue down the same path of economic uncertainty, regulatory strangulation and the punishing of innovation and success. Utah enjoys being ranked the best managed state in the nation – but if we cannot fix things at the federal level, it simply will not matter.  We need bold, new leadership and we need it now.

Orrin Hatch ran against incumbent Frank Moss in 1976. As he campaigned, he asked repeatedly “What do you call a Senator who has been there 18 years? You call him home.” Now, almost 40 years later, he has been in office longer than 60% of this state has been alive. He was elected during the Bicentennial year, in an era of wood-sided station wagons, gold shag carpeting, bell bottoms – and a belief that government held the solution to our problems. 

Over the years, his votes have demonstrated a consistent belief that government – particularly the federal government – knows best.  Hatch voted for spending bill after spending bill filled with pet projects and pork, adding millions and millions of dollars worth of his own requests.  He voted time after time after time to increase the debt ceiling, giving us trillions of dollars in debt we have no realistic way to pay for. He laid out the Constitutional arguments for the individual mandate in healthcare – the very arguments later used by others to justify Obamacare. After Hillarycare was killed in the late 90’s, he personally partnered with Ted Kennedy to resurrect part of it, rename it SCHIP and pushed hard to get it passed – over the objections of many fellow Republicans. He decided to pull educational decisions from the states when he created the National Department of Education and then later advocated for No Child Left Behind.  He championed Medicare Part D, the largest entitlement expansion in decades, one that added TRILLIONS in unfunded liabilities OVERNIGHT and called “the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960’s” by the former Comptroller General of the United States.  Just a couple of months ago, our senior Senator went on Fox News and said that we did not need to cut entitlements. The truth is, if we ignore entitlements – the big 3 of “Mandatory spending” – there is no way to pull ourselves out of the abyss we are in.  

We need leaders willing to lay it all on the line and work to fundamentally reform the biggest problems we face today – runaway spending and unlimited debt. We need leaders who will look down the road – not just to the next election – and who will do what needs to be done. Dan Liljenquist has done that in the Utah legislature.  He will do that in Washington. It has an honor to have been asked to join him in his campaign.  There is no question that he is up against a formidable opponent with virtually unlimited amounts of money. This campaign will require lots of hard work from a lot of people. 

I invite you to join me in getting Dan elected. Check out his website at http://www.DanForUtah.com, “like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @DanForUtah, donate time and/or money and join me in being a Dan fan. It’s Time!
 

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26 Responses to “I resigned today”

  1. Lynn Taylor Says:

    Wow. Powerful piece. Thank you for making the tough choice between better and best.

  2. Kathy Philpot-Reck Says:

    Great!! Good for you Holly. Dan could not have a more dedicated member of his staff!! Hope he wins. He has my vote!!!

  3. Daniel B Says:

    Thanks for your service, Holly. Best of luck with the campaign.

  4. Tammy and Parker Says:

    Holly, so Dan wins. He fights for states rights and for Utah being able to attain it’s federal waiver. No more Obamacare. No more feds telling us how and what to do.

    But what about those who would do away with Utah even having a social safety net in any form. The hundreds who have accused me of holding a gun to their head in the form of the Travis C Waiver Parker receives. You and I both know that there are those on the legislature that would rip these waivers away with out a second blink. You not being on the Utah legislature just made their dreams become that much more of a reality.

  5. Rodney B Says:

    Wow, Tammy and Parker, could you have made her feel even worse about her decision? We had to lay some guilt on there too?

    If you are in District 57 go find a candidate that will continue to support those waivers.

    It will not be Representative Richardson’s fault if the waivers get removed. Stop trying to blame her for something that MIGHT happen in the FUTURE after she leaves.

  6. Rob Crawford Says:

    Happy for you, Holly, but I fear we’re going to get stuck with Craig Frank again 😦

  7. Rob Crawford Says:

    And please, bring someone into Dan’s team who will give a compassionate perspective on immigration.

  8. Chris Sloan Says:

    Holly, thanks for your service. Good luck to you, I’m sure I’ll see you soon!

  9. Pops Says:

    I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. One the one hand, Dan is a great guy who seems to have his head screwed on straight and isn’t afraid to do the right thing even when it’s unpopular. I’m also embarrassed that my US Senator would have to call David Kirkham to find out how he should vote on any bill.

    On the other hand, the thought of Olympia “I Voted For Obamacare” Snowe as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee gives me the heebie-jeebies.

  10. John English Says:

    Good for you, Holly. Need any help?

  11. Carrie Says:

    Good luck and God Bless you! I admire women (on both sides of the isle) who can take and maintain a principled stand.

    Your kids are very lucky!

  12. Tammy and Parker Says:

    Rodney, I have been one of Holly’s AND Dan’s biggest supporters, especially within the special needs community. There’s no guilt there. Simple truth. And a question asked.

    Holly was THAT important to the state of Utah, especially when it came to the weakest amongst us.

    Utah isn’t exactly a particularly waiver friendly state. I should know. I’ve received hundreds of emails telling me that I’m holding a gun to the author’s head by accepting that waiver for the vent that keeps my son alive. Funny, I’d be willing to bet that person wouldn’t be willing to watch their child die a slow and agonizing death on behalf of the constitution, but they have no issue demanding that MINE does.

    Holly was one of the few advocates for medically fragile children with special needs that ‘got it.’

    Yes, there is a big need for good people in DC. But there’s a big need for people who understand the situations that medically fragile children with special needs go through in Utah too.

    No it would never have been Holly’s fault if Waivers were no longer funded, but it was nice to know that someone up on the Hill would have at least put up a fight.

    To me that’s a compliment.

  13. Tammy and Parker Says:

    And Rodney, if you think that not funding waivers just MIGHT be an issue in the near future, well I suggest you write a few Senators and Reps, and Delegates of your own. I’ve lived this situation over 7 years now. I have a very solid handle on it. Holly has told me that she has, on several occasions, used our family’s situation to try and educate others on the need for social safety nets.

  14. nacilbupera Says:

    Good luck Holly! I believe if Utah’s legislature were to select our Senator as our Constitution originally provided before the Progressive Era and the 17th Amendment, Hatch would have been removed LONG AGO.

    Even though it wouldn’t be binding, we should still have a vote in our state legislature to nominate who would best represent us. This will prepare us for the time we can educate enough of our citizenry to repeal the 17th.

  15. George Says:

    nacilbupera,
    Sen. Hatch has two candidates working to replace him, from the legislature, and not some dweebs.

    It will be interesting to see who from the state legislature votes for who. I realize that Utah County doesn’t care anymore, (taking away what is left of the 17th amendment) but we will see what happens with the rest of the state. Even so, listing the endorsements for the 3 candidates from the legislature could be telling.

  16. youthforeagar Says:

    This is sad because I really think that you could gain more experience and recognition on the state legislature. When were you chosen: 1 year ago? I would have stayed in the state legislature myself.
    But I still hope Dan wins so we can vote out Orrin Hatch. I hope you work hard and get him elected.

  17. nacilbupera Says:

    George: I am counting 5 GOP Hatch contenders: The Utah GOP website lists 4 of them (Loy Brunson, Kevin Fisk, Jeremy Friedbaum, and Dan Liljenquist) and then Chris Herrod just announced too. Talk of Tim Aalders and David Kirkham maybe joining as well. The Utah mass media is excluding mentions of all Hatch contenders except Herrod and Liljenquist while interestingly the only 2 candidates who have been in the race long enough to be recognizable on the FEC website are Mssrs. Fisk and Hatch. The debates tonight should be fun for those who attend.

  18. JBT Says:

    Congratulations on your resignation Holly. Break a leg.

  19. Drew Gilliland Says:

    It is great to see someone leaving the comfort of what they have been doing to pursue that which they believe to be right. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. nacilbupera Says:

    I think it’s really sad to see the attitude of labeling as “dweeb” our strong-valued, lesser-known candidates who all happen to be businessmen, not politicians. I have no problem with someone calling a pol a dweeb because of their lack of integrity (ie Rep. Weiner) or unconstitutional political positions, but I do when I have done my own investigation of the candidates and excepting Mr. Hatch find them ALL possessing great integrity and hold conservative positions I agree with.

    Leftist Saul Alinsky in his infamous book “Rules for Radicals” taught in his Rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

    It is too bad we have lowered ourselves to the tactics taught us by a radical leftist.

  21. Richard Warnick Says:

    I’m all for solving the long-term deficit problem, and reducing our National Debt. Here’s how: let the tax cuts for the rich expire, add a millionaire’s tax, eliminate corporate tax loopholes, stop waging war halfway around the world, cut the Pentagon budget, and most of all: recover our economy by investing in infrastructure and creating more government jobs,

  22. Britt Says:

    I’m a Liljenquist supporter, but if I was one of your constituents who had voted for you a year ago, I’d be very disappointed in your decision and unlikely to vote for you again if you ever chose to run for office again.

  23. ERIC in Murray Says:

    nacilbupera JUST MENTIONS the word “dweebs” and Warnick pops up and posts his tired old progressive liberal worn out ideas.
    1. Tax the Rich and job producing corporations limiting the ability of these groups to produce more work and jobs
    2. Gut the only government agency that should be run by the feds to levels that it does not work, just like the agencies set up by the progressives to cripple the constitution. (ie), epa, fcc, Depts of Ed & Energy, etc.
    3. grow the unproductive un-needed federal workforce to create a dependency on the big brother.

    Holly – Good luck in aiding Dan to replace Old man Hatch and aid him in burying the ideas of dweebs like warnick and his cancerous buddy Obama.

  24. Richard Warnick Says:

    Does Dan Liljenquist support the Ryan budget? That would mean $5.1 trillion in deficit spending and ending Medicare, so that the richest 2 percent of Americans can enjoy an additional tax cut, from 35 percent to 25 percent.

  25. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    It also cut the mortgage tax deduction, I can only image the damage that would do to most families budgets.

  26. youthforeagar Says:

    @nacilbupera: Jeremy Friedbaum? The guy who got .4% in the senate race in 2010?

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