Pro-Trump business owner Bobby Lawrence is running for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania for the seat currently occupied by Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.
The Waynesboro-based commercial glass company owner is trying to leverage the pro-Trump forces that carried the President over the goal line in Pennsylvania — many of them blue-collar independents and even Democrats — to establish himself as the most viable Republican challenger for Casey in 2018.
“I’m running to support the president’s agenda. That’s the biggest reason,” Lawrence tells Big League Politics.
Lawrence says that seven Republicans have filed FEC paperwork to run in the primary. Real estate developer Jeff Bartos is getting the most mainstream press attention but is already coming under attacks from the state’s Democrats for alleged failures in his business career. Congressman Lou Barletta might also soon enter the race.
Lawrence, who served on Trump’s inauguration committee and informally volunteered for Trump around the state during the campaign, said top Republicans laughed at him due to his working-class vocational school background.
“The attorney for the GOP made a comment,” Lawrence said, referring to a moment at a recent fundraiser. “They looked at me and laughed while they were pouring their glass of wine, ‘There’s a lot of hot air in the room.’ That only strengthened my resolve.”
Lawrence has chipped in $10,000 of his own money to the campaign and will soon add another $30,000. He is focusing on issues that resonate with Trump voters.
“Restore some mode of state sovereignty and stop federal overreach, and get President Trump some re-reinforcements in there. He’s draining the swamp and the swamp is fighting back. I don’t see any other candidate that is going to stand with President Trump. I don’t see anybody really talking about that agenda or mentioning it on their website. I’m about supporting the president’s America First Agenda,” Lawrence told Big League Politics.
“Second Amendment. There are more than a million licensed deer hunters in the state of Pennsylvania. With Bob Casey changing his position on the Second Amendment, that’s a pretty big constituency that Bob Casey has alienated himself from,” Lawrence said. “Taxes are a big issue. They’re too high, they’re too complicated. The folks I’m talking to didn’t like the corporate bailout. Border wall. Domestic energy. Build the Wall. The El Chapo Act is something that I fully support…I support Jeff Sessions’ plan to end funding for sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law.”
“The war on coal…clean coal for Pennsylvania coal miners. There’s a huge reserve of natural gas in the northern part of the state. Trump is a proponent for exporting natural gas,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence, a Common Core opponent, said that he wants to encourage vocational school graduates like himself, because “We’re not going to get a college-bound student with a liberal arts degree out there to build your house or re-wire your electricity.”
Lawrence especially objects to Casey comparing Trump to Nixon. “He’s not behaving like a senator, he’s thinking about his re-election race.”
“Since I started talking about my [campaign], I had a treasurer for another Republican campaign contact me. They started out saying their candidate was more than likely going to win most of the support in southwestern Pennsylvania, which is my area. I said, well good luck to you. The next day, this person messaged me and said, I’m already committed to my candidate, but I like how your site reads, we should stay in touch.”
Lawrence has already made his political bones fighting the liberal national popular vote push around the country, and he thinks he has the grassroots support needed to win a crowded primary.
Don’t count him out.
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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