My Turn: Gina Collias better than Patrick McHenry

The May 8 Republican primary provides voters a real choice. For the first time in Patrick McHenry’s congressional career he faces a bonafide opponent. Gina Collias is a lifelong Republican and a business owner who provides us voters this choice. Do we want Ms. Collias to apply reason to drive well informed policy decisions? Do we need someone willing to tackle difficult issues to help Congress finally to get to work? Will District 10 be represented by a person able to cut through the thicket of special interests and PAC money? If you want an affirmative answer vote for Gina Collias. If self-serving politics interest you, Mr. McHenry is your guy. If you believe Congress is only serving their current masters of corporate money, and you are satisfied with the status quo then Mr. McHenry is your guy.

Gina Collias will reach across the aisle and finally have adult, thoughtful, well-reasoned conversations with members of all parties. If your house was on fire would you demand to know if the fire chief had a “R” or “D” alongside their name? Our “house” is on fire. School shootings, workplace violence, Russian meddling in our elections, reckless trade wars, loss of America’s leadership role in world affairs: all are signs that our current representative cares more about “R” or “D” than he cares about our nation burning. Mr. McHenry insists that all of the fire department meet his identification criteria before being allowed to douse the fire. Is it any wonder that these problems have grown worse during his Capitol Hill career?

Mr. McHenry would rather duck tough questions than face them. He refused to attend a recent town meeting with student leaders wishing to talk about current events. Ducking tough questions is his habit. Who was there to engage with students and the community? Gina Collias was there. Who was the only Republican there? Gina Collias was there. She came to the conversation as a gun owner and an attorney and welcomed meaningful conversation with anyone willing to talk to her. That is leadership. That is engaging with District 10 constituents. If being captive to NRA money, if refusing to meet with District 10 constituents or if simply being satisfied with our nation’s trajectory [is ok with you] please stay home on May 8. Our nation is burning and we need to place in Congress a person willing to step up, bring representatives together, and begin to fight this fire.

Registered Republicans and registered Unaffiliated voters can participate on May 8. Please bring a like-minded friend or neighbor and vote. Finally a rational Republican is on the ballot. Gina Collias will be a representative we can all be proud of.

Jim Morrison is a resident of Gastonia.

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