Dear State Delegate,
I’ve been a State Delegate in the past, so I know that receiving emails the day before the convention can be annoying. But I need to clarify a couple of things that I’ve been unfairly accused of by the Chris Stewart campaign.
I authored, paid for, stamped and stuffed, and mailed over 800 letters to State Delegates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. Sending the letter was based on my own initiative because of my long-time friendship with one of the candidates running, not politically motivated by my husband as Stewart’s campaign implies. I’m a big girl, and can make my own decisions.
No candidate was involved in the creation or cost of my letter. I take full responsibility. I can also back up my claims about Chris Stewart’s voting record, the 2012 Convention shenanigans, and his exaggerations. I wrote my letter carefully and thoughtfully, and only included things that I can actually verify.
I should note that Stewart’s campaign did not refute or disprove any of the information presented in my letter. Instead, their emailed response resorts to slander, and mischaracterizes my motives and integrity. The response also seriously distorts Stewart’s voting record.
While claiming my letter is “full of the grossest distortions of truth possible,” they don’t explain how I supposedly distorted the truth. That’s an ad hominem tactic that reasonable conservatives usually reject.
Let me stress that I didn’t attack Stewart’s military record, as his campaign states. I simply pointed out his verifiable exaggerations about what he did while in the U.S. Air Force—to show a pattern of serious dishonesty. If he’d made such exaggerations while on active duty, he could have been severely reprimanded. (See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/220321658/Scan?secret_password=1e9851ekf5znrcstjxrr)
But Stewart’s campaign is apparently having a “truth squad” at the convention designed to discredit my letter. Don’t believe their claims without first looking at the facts presented in my links. It isn’t “dirty politics” to tell the truth, and I believe delegates and voters have the right to know the truth.
In addition, Stewart will probably claim on Saturday that he has been cleared by the FEC for any wrongdoing in the 2012 convention shenanigans. The FEC did not clear him of wrongdoing. The case against Stewart was dismissed based on a technicality beyond the control of the complainants—a technicality that did not challenge the proven facts. (See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97490068/Stewart-Complaint and http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/2249-utah-gop-looks-to-prevent-convention-speech-shenanigans)
The fact remains, Stewart won the nomination in 2012 as a direct result of the last-second slandering of four candidates at the convention just before the voting, and there is valid evidence that he had a hand in that scheme.
Below is a copy of my letter, with the addition of supporting links. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Stefani Stone Williams
Stefani Stone Williams
Dear State Republican Delegate,
My friend Larry Meyers is running for Congress against incumbent Chris Stewart, and you have the opportunity to vote for Larry in this race on April 26th at the Utah Republican Convention.
I’ve known Larry since 2000, when I ran the Utah campaign for the Alan Keyes for President effort and Larry was our campaign coordinator for Washington County. I learned that he loves the Constitution and isn’t afraid to stand alone for his beliefs and principles. Larry doesn’t just talk, he has devoted countless hours and years to community and civic service.
“Talk is cheap,” as the saying goes, and far too many of our representatives in DC vigorously talk the conservative line to get elected, but once in office they either buckle under pressure or show they were never really committed to conservative principles in the first place. Aren’t you tired of sending this kind of politician to Washington? Thankfully, we don’t have to in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District race.
Larry won’t fall for the “go along to get along” mentality of Washington, DC, but will take seriously his oath to uphold the Constitution. You can vote for someone with integrity and convictions like Larry Meyers, or you can vote for a less principled politician like Chris Stewart. The choice is yours.
Here are facts about Larry from www.LarryMeyers.com
- Larry’s top priorities in Congress will be to work for a return to limited, constitutional government; to stop illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens; to protect American citizens’ God-given liberties, including religious freedom, protecting the unborn, privacy, and the right to bear arms; and to return Utah’s public lands to state and private ownership.
- He is a former prosecuting attorney for Washington County and St. George City, and a cum laude graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.
- He is a leading conservative activist, helping to organize the Southern Utah Coalition for Life, the Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration, the Dixie Republican Forum, and the Washington County Tea Party Coalition.
- Larry is a long-time Republican Party volunteer, having served as a precinct officer, county, state, and national delegate, county party officer, and State Central Committee member.
By contrast, here are some of Rep. Stewart’s appalling votes and positions:
- Congressman Stewart voted for the fiscally irresponsible Ryan-Murray budget deal, which the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation called “just another Washington gimmick.”
- Rep. Stewart supported Obama’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, thereby rewarding law-breaking and ultimately leading to a permanent Democrat majority.
- He also voted for the disastrous and wasteful “2014 FARM bill.” This bill has been described as “multi-billion dollar legislation of welfare payments.” 80% of this bill was actually for increased spending in food stamp subsidies. More big government giveaways of your money.
- In addition, two months after Stewart was elected and soon after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, he came out against a National Rifle Association proposal to post armed security personnel at every school—calling such a move to protect our children “a bad idea.” (See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28/chris-stewart-utah_n_2376151.html)
As a result of his voting record, Stewart earned a weak 72% from the Heritage Action watchdog group. (See: http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/members/member/S001192)
On various congressional scorecards, Stewart is listed as being an “average Republican.” We can settle for average I guess, but if you’re like me, average in today’s political landscape isn’t particularly appealing. In fact, “average” is what got us into the mess we now face.
We need a Congressman who will vote to cut government back, not keep it growing. Stewart has voted for more spending and more debt, instead of standing firm with Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. We need a real constitutional conservative representing Utah in DC, not a moderate John Boehner supporter / Obama enabler.
A word about Stewart’s exaggerations and questionable campaign tactics:
During the 2012 election, Stewart and another candidate in the same race (who conceded he was a supporter of Stewart) allegedly engaged in a scheme to defame four other candidates running. After hundreds of delegates received an anonymous “anti-Stewart” letter a few days prior to the convention, the candidate who supported Stewart devoted his entire convention speech, just before the voting, to slandering these four candidates and falsely blaming them for sending the letter and conspiring unfairly against Stewart—thus throwing the election and propelling Stewart to victory. There were reports of many delegates who’d already marked their ballots asking for new ones and changing their votes following the scandalous speech. Legitimate questions remain about Stewart’s role in the scheme, since there is ample evidence pointing to his involvement. (See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97490068/Stewart-Complaint)
Additionally, Stewart has also exaggerated his military record in the U.S. Air Force, even repeatedly stating in his 2012 campaign speeches that he “flew in wartime, flew combat aircraft, and flew fighters”—thus implying he’s had actual combat experience, when he’s had none! There’s nothing quite as dishonorable as a former military officer claiming or implying that he’s fought in combat when he hasn’t. Stewart has also claimed for years that he led the B-1 Bomber Cornet Bat mission that set a world speed record, and he was the “Mission Commander” and “aircraft commander.” Actual military records don’t back up these claims. When confronted about these misleading statements during the 2012 campaign, Stewart belligerently replied “why can’t I say that?” and stormed off. The obvious answer is “because it isn’t true.” (See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/220321658/Scan?secret_password=1e9851ekf5znrcstjxrr)
On April 3rd, Stewart stated on his website that he was named “Top Conservative of the Year” by the American Conservative Union, when in reality this award was given to 122 GOP congressmen. In fact, Stewart just barely made the ACU’s 80% voting threshold. By comparison, Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz both scored 94% (and received the award as well). (See: http://stewart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/stewart-named-top-conservative-by-american-conservative-union)
At this perilous and uncertain time, when the White House and Democrat Party have displayed utter contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, and when so many within the Republican leadership in DC have waffled and lacked the integrity to rein in this lawlessness and corruption, we need people like Larry Meyers in Congress, not status quo (or average), dishonest politicians.
So there you have it. You can send someone you can be proud of to Washington, or just more of the same old club of pretenders. To paraphrase President Reagan: We need bold colors, not pale pastels!
I wholeheartedly support Larry and ask you to vote for him on April 26th at the GOP Convention.
Stefani Stone Williams
Stefani Stone Williams
Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Alan Keyes
Utah Young Republicans Chair, 2002-2003
Former Utah Republican State Central & Executive Committee member
Homeschooling mother of five
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