A letter from Carl Little, Chairman of the John Hostettler for Senate Committee
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your hard work, support, and prayers. People from all walks of life across our state are joining our cause every day – people who are excited about the opportunity to send a true statesman and patriot to the U.S. Senate. With your continued support, we will surprise the Washington establishment – who have already crowned their candidate – and win a major victory for everyday folks.
I want to take a moment to share with you why I support John – and why I can confidently pledge to you that our campaign will be one of honesty and integrity befitting of the kind of Senator that John will be.
I have had the privilege to know John for nearly a decade now, both as a friend and as a congressional staffer during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have been there with him in good times and in bad – and no matter what the circumstances, I have seen this man stand firm on principle when others wilted.
I have watched him take slings and arrows from the liberal press, from his colleagues, and even from some from his own friends who were frightened that his principled stands would not be popular. A man of John’s integrity and principle is so rare in Washington DC that he has sometimes been called “stubborn,” “maverick” and “unorthodox”. Washington just doesn’t understand how someone could base his decisions solely on what is right.
Perhaps the most unfair slur that was thrown at John in my tenure working for him was “arrogant.” Anyone who has attended a Hostettler town hall meeting knows that he will stay until everyone’s questions have been answered. I have seen him stand in the parking lot afterward to answer questions of constituents who were having problems with federal agencies, and personally seeing to it that their concerns were answered. Arrogance? No. Conviction to his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution? Yes. A biased press can’t tell the difference.
John’s staff remained loyal through all of the name calling and attacks.
In fact our office was the envy of every staffer on Capitol Hill. Why? Because John was resolute in his passion for our Republic and in his defense of the Constitution. He spent time with staffers,treating them as equals, and taking every opportunity to educate young staffers on the constitution and the founder’s writings as to its meaning. Because of John’s humbleness and consistent nature, our office was a exciting place to work. Other staffers, visiting our office, would tell us how different our office was.
Our office was not under the constant pressure of catering to influential lobbyists and jockeying for a favored position in party leadership’s eyes. Our office was a place where substantive legislative work was accomplished by staffers dedicated to helping John keep his oath to uphold the constitution.
Lobbyists did not write John’s legislation. John, with his staff, did the hard work of hammering out the details of the legislation he introduced.
I’ll never forget the day that I made an appointment with one of the Speaker of the House’s staffers to discuss one of these pieces of legislation. The first question this staffer asked me was, “Who’s legislation is this?” “Congressman Hostettler’s,” I replied. “No I mean what group asked you to introduce it,” the staffer barked. “No lobbyist asked him to introduce it, we saw a problem and we wrote legislation to fix it.” I said. The staffer turned back to his computer screen as if to dismiss me and said, “Leave it on the desk, and I’ll take a look at it when I have time.” I never heard back from him.
Such are Washington’s ways and will continue to be Washington’s ways. If we continue to send politicians to Washington who will wilt under the pressure of a system that has devolved into a government of the lobbyists, by the multinational corporations, for the advancement of individual interests – we will lose the nation we love.
At this time in our nation’s history, it is popular for those running for office to claim the mantel of “anti-establishment.” But I think it is telling that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) doesn’t even list John as a candidate on their website but instead lists the two true establishment candidates. Is that what we want, those in power in Washington DC telling Hoosiers who the best candidate is?
John Hostettler’s campaigns and his tenure in government service have always been about restoring trust. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it hundreds of times. “I may not agree with everything he says, but I can always trust him to do exactly what he says he will do.”
It’s time to elect someone who will represent the people of Indiana; it’s time to send a man to Washington who will put principle before politics, because now more than ever – it’s time for Senator John Hostettler.
John Hostettler will be speaking at Faith on April 30.