Stiglich challenges fellow Republican Herger

Paul Boerger
Pete Stiglich, who is challenging Congressman Wally Herger for the Republican nomination to run for the House of Representatives in November, makes a point at a luncheon held May 7 at the Mount Shasta Resort. Stiglich promised to only serve six years and called for the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Pete Stiglich came to Mount Shasta Friday, May 7, making his case to unseat fellow Republican Congressman Wally Herger in the June 8 primary.

The event at the Mount Shasta Resort was sponsored by South Siskiyou Republican Women Federated.

Stiglich is making a bid to stop Herger in the primary and make it onto the November ballot as the Republican candidate for the Section District House seat.

Democrat Jim Reed of Fall River Mills is running unopposed in the June primary.

He laid out his positions including deportation of illegal immigrants, opposition to gay marriage, withdrawal from the United Nations, English as the country’s official language, serving only six years if elected, opposition to abortion, opposition to economic bailouts and no national health care. He said religion has an important part to play in America.

“I?believe in the role of God in American history,” Stiglich said. “There can be no denying it.”

Stiglich said he is a retired Air Force Colonel, a Catholic and hails from Cottonwood, where he owns a ranch.

“We have strayed away from the original intent of the founding fathers,” he said in supporting a balanced budget.

On schools Stiglich said, “The federal government should not be involved in the education process.”

On taxes, Stiglich supports doing away with the IRS and replacing it with a national sales tax. For balancing the budget, Stiglich suggested cutting department budgets and getting rid of waste.

“I will not vote for one penny more for the national debt,” Stiglich said. “There is an amazing amount of waste in the military and all departments of government.”

Defining how his positions differ from Herger’s, Stiglich said he would not have voted as Herger did for the senior Medicare prescription benefit and bailout funding, and he would not have supported a bill to provide legal status for illegal agriculture workers.

The record shows the following on Stiglich’s claims on Herger positions:

•?Herger is listed as a co-sponsor of an illegal worker bill along with 125 Congressmen from both parties. The record shows that the proposed 2003 bill, which would have granted limited legal status to a narrow range of agricultural workers, died in committee without ever coming to the House for a vote. Herger, however, is rated 100 percent by the US Border Control organization as  being a supporter of sealed borders;

•?Herger voted yes on the 2003 Medicare overhaul that included prescription drug benefits for seniors. President Bush signed the bill calling it a “a victory for America's seniors;” and

•?Herger voted yes on the initial $700 billion plan proposed by and subsequently signed by President Bush that bailed out failing financial institutions. Herger, however, voted no on virtually all subsequent bailout and economic recovery requests including additional anti-recession stimulus spending, modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures, additional $825 billion for economic recovery package, bailout for GM and Chrysler, stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure and energy, revitalizing severely distressed public housing and regulating the subprime mortgage industry.

Stiglich said he believes that global warming claims and other environmental situations, such as the Delta smelt, are based on “bad science.”

Stiglich said he supports term limits for Congress and pledged to serve only six years.

“I don’t believe in career politicians,” he said.

For more information, visit his website at www.colonelpete4congress.com.