MEET CRAIG MCMICHAEL
Heroic Marine takes on the GOP Establishment Machine
Last year during a GOP candidate forum at the Crescent Moon Wine Bar, Public News sat down for a quick interview with a political newcomer with some grit and chutzpa aiming to unseat a then 18-year incumbent in Kevin Brady (R-CD8). For two years Craig McMichael, has worked hard campaigning and setting the ground work for a new offensive; removing Kevin Brady from representing Congressional District 8 in Texas. As a former US Marine, McMichael knows what it takes to be prepared for success.
As a courtesy the Public News reached out to the Brady campaign for their answers to similar questions as well as those expressed to keep him accountable for his votes in Congress. Brady did not respond to emails or calls for his participation.
Over the internet and telephone we spoke with Craig McMichael about his plans and campaign.
Public News: You are taking on an entrenched 20year congressional incumbent in Mr. Kevin Brady, what makes your brand of Republicanism better or
more preferred than his?
Craig McMichael: I would say the fact that I actually understand and desire to uphold the Constitution. Our republic provides freedom to all, not just the elite insiders that can buy a congressman. It is time we had people who fought for our freedom back home in the district and not their power inside of DC.
Public News: What are some of the things that you are bringing to the table for voters to consider?
Craig McMichael: FairTax, Term limits, end congressional retirement, privatize the VA and finally attempt to control this massive federal government. Normally people in congress fail because they want to be part of the system, why break down something you are part of? I will never be part of the establishment in Washington, I’m a Texan and my concern is the freedom we all desire.
Public News: What brought you to this point, running for public office?
Craig McMichael: The absolute failure that our federal government has become, the specific vote was the fiscal cliff bill of 2013 that added 4 trillion dollars to our debt. I have children and I will fight for them every day so they can have the same country I had. It is our duty to leave this republic in a better state than we found it. It is long past time that normal people stood up and took on this challenge of running for federal office. This is still the country that belongs to we the people and it is us that still have the power to reclaim America’s greatness. We only have to have the courage and belief of the simple fact that has always been true: we can do anything!
Public News: Gerrymandered districts have been drawn to favor one party’s guy over the other. CD 8 was drawn to favor Republicans. Do you think this is fair and is this why you are running as a Republican?
Craig McMichael: The district are drawn by the State Reps, I really try to stay out of state issues while I am running for this office. I’m running as
a Republican because at the heart of it I stand for republican values. A lot of Republicans today claim the party but never fight for our values, we need people like me in the party to point that out.
Public News: The last time you ran against Brady you lost in the GOP primary. What were some of the things you took away in that loss that you will be more mindful of this time around?
Craig McMichael: We ran with very limited money and being that I’ve never held office no one knew anything about who I was I knew it would take time. We’ve spent the last three years getting to know people and this time we are out in the district engaging the voters to let them know they have a choice. A lot of voting has to do with name ID, I’ve spent three long years building that inside of district 8.
Public News: What are some of the concerns that your family had running against such a person as Brady?
Craig McMichael: There are no concerns there; my family has been very supportive and proud of my continued fight for this republic. What I am doing now is no different than what I did for ten years in the Marines.
Public News: What do you think is Brady’s Achilles heel, or does he have one?
Craig McMichael: He has a few. You could start with his votes against the Constitution: NDAA, CISPA, NSA SPYING, Patriot Act. You could add his votes for bigger government: NAFTA, Debt ceiling increases (7), Cromnibus bill, Fiscal Cliff spending, TARP. If the voters start looking at the votes he makes and not his propaganda that is on his website and fliers, they will remove him from office. In 18 years he has not written and passed a bill in Washington, in 18 years he has done almost nothing to stop the massive federal government from growing.
Public News: What are some of the first things you plan to do once you’ve taken Congressional District 8’s seat in Washington DC?
Craig McMichael: I plan to bring the truth about Washington DC back to the people of not only CD 8 but of Texas. I will push for three things. FairTax, Term Limits and privatization of the VA.
Public News: How many terms do you expect or want to serve?
Craig McMichael: I will only serve three terms, I believe the founding intent of this country was to have citizen servants in Washington, not the lifetime politicians that we have today. We need to rotate in new ideas and people who are willing to actually fight.
Public News: Do you think term limits in Congress (both in the House of Representatives and Senate) would bring about better representation than what we presently have? What goals have you set for yourself in this election?
Craig McMichael: I think term limits would fix a lot of the lobbyist issues we have today, also people in Congress would attempt to do something instead of waiting around for more power. We’ve changed the Constitution and put term limits on the President it is now time to do the same in Congress.
Public News: Would you vote to shut down the government if the debt spending limits are not held back or in check?
Craig McMichael: I would refer to it not as shutting down the government but forcing the government to spend within it means. If you control spending with a zero based budget you would never get to a government shutdown. We cannot allow ourselves to spend our children’s fortunes by not having the courage to control spending now.
Public News: How would you help strengthen the monetary value of the dollar?
Craig McMichael: A strong America would bring back a strong dollar. We could start by a full audit of the Federal Reserve to see exactly where we stand. Once completed then we could put everything on the table to come up with solutions for bringing the dollar back. A return to the gold standard would be a good start.
Public News: Tell us more about zero based budgeting. How would it work and how would it be beneficial?
Craig McMichael: Currently the federal government grows every year by about 3%. When Washington DC talks about cutting spending normally they only cut the growth of spending and not actual spending. This has led our government to be full of programs that attempt to spend as much money as possible so they can receive more funding the following year. This would never survive in the private sector and has only maintained in the government for so long because the government doesn’t have to produce anything and also has a guaranteed income (Taxes). Zero-based budgeting for the federal government would mean that instead of automatic growth each program would have to be reviewed each year to make sure it was worth the money spent. This would allow the Congress to actually eliminate programs that are not productive. Federal spending has exploded more than ten thousand times since 1800 with almost all of the increase in the past 40 years. The way to truly stop spending in our current massive federal government is to evaluate each year who gets the hard earned money of US taxpayers and how much they get.
Public News: A final question; in your campaign you propose eliminating the IRS, auditing the Federal Reserve and establishing the Fair Tax. Would you urge the repeal of the 16th Amendment?
Craig McMichael: You have to repeal it as the 16th amendment is a violation of your 4th amendment rights. Your income is your personal property, the government has no right to take what is rightfully yours.
Public News: What is your website so that Public News Readers can get to know you better?
Craig McMichael: They can find more information at www.mcmichaelforcongress.com