Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tea Party challenge to Sen. Edwards and intro to Goodlatte challenger

Karen Kwiatkowski will challenge Bob Goodlatte for nomination.

Thursday the Roanoke Tea Party will announce a challenger to Senator John Edwards of Roanoke. Karen Kwiatkowski a challenger to Rep. Bob Goodlatte as the party’s nominee will be introduced. The news was first reported here of a  challenger to Goodlatte.

APRIL 21: Karen Kwiatkowski will challenge 6th district incumbent Congressman Republican Bob Goodlatte in a June 12, 2012 primary or convention. Kwiatkowski was the top pick of Libertarians to run for President in 2008. She declined the draft attempt and has not run for any other office until now.

She is running as a Republican, looks for Tea Party support and is making the rounds preparing for an official announcement in June. Her campaign manager, Joe Oddo said in a phone call Tuesday that she had intended to come to Roanoke’s Tax Day event April 15 but was under the weather.

Kwiatkowski has made appearances in Lynchburg, Staunton and Harrisonburg. She has made contact with acting 6th district Republican chair Chaz Evans-Heywood, Rockingham Clerk of Circuit Court notifying him of her intentions.

Since Trixie Averill’s resignation Chaz Evans-Heywood of Harrisonburg has been acting Chairman. Lynchburg GOP Chairman, Mark Peak has announced his candidacy for the open position. That election is on May 7.

She plans to take Goodlatte to task on his “term limit” pledge. His term has been up long ago explained Oddo. His “yes” vote on the budget bill to extent funding the federal government through September without sufficient budget cuts is also a bone of contention she has with Goodlatte.

The Patriot Act is unconstitutional, says Kwiatkowski on her website, “In fact, he asked me to show proof that the FISA warrants were being used on American citizens. I have seen the evidence. His campaign donors benefit from his looking the other way,” she said.

She admonishes Goodlatte for not proposing the elimination of ethanol subsidies and mandates.

Kwiatkowski would repeal the 17th amendment to the Constitution and return the power to Governors and state legislators to appoint Senators to the U.S. Senate. She would also repeal the 16th amendment that gives the federal government taxing authority.

Karen Kwiatkowski, 50 is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel. She lives on a farm in Shenandoah County near Mt. Jackson with her husband and three of her four children. She has a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University of America.

From May 2002 to February 2003, she served in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA). While at NESA, she wrote a series of anonymous articles, “Insider Notes from the Pentagon.” Kwiatkowski was in her office inside the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.

Kwiatkowski is primarily noted for openly and publicly denouncing what she sees as a corrupting political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

She has taught classes with the University of Maryland and The American Public University System. She also has served as an adjunct faculty member in Political Science at James Madison University.

See Karen on YouTube:

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics

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Comments (5)


April 21st, 2011 at 3:44 PM    

Not a chance unless Goodlatte honors the promise he made when he was first elected.

As a convinced liberal, I view her positions as Goodlatte-heavy…and that’s WAY WAY out there.

[…] Before Rep. Goodlatte will be able to run for an 11th term, it appears that he will have to campaign for his party’s nomination. Karen Kwiatkowski will challenge 6th district incumbent […]

Joe Oddo

April 22nd, 2011 at 5:31 PM    

@Newt, your not a chance comment is exactly what the establishment wants you to believe. Why not join our team and make it happen?


June 1st, 2011 at 4:39 PM    

@Joe Oddo: Because I am 100% opposed to The Tea Party. To be honest, the Tea Party seems to be sincere but they have simplistic solutions to complex issues. Lower taxes. Get rid of waste. What about building education for the future? What about supporting our basic infrastructure, especially transportation? What about an energy plan that moves our country toward energy independence? What about taking care of the elderly? In an era of connectivity, what about building a modern society? What about compassion?

Life, however, doesn’t operate in economic terms. While these are complicated times, there is one simple truth that no tax-cutter, tea partier, or conservative is brave enough yet to embrace… Life happens (despite Roe v. Wade)…then what happens?

So, no Joe; I won’t join you and your candidate; nor will I support Mr. Twenty Years-past-his-self-imposed-term-limit Goodlatte. I’ll be looking for someone with a realistic and compassionate vision.

Jack Mcguire

June 2nd, 2011 at 2:34 PM    

I think it is great the Tea Party is fielding candidates against Edwards and Goodlatte.their should be no such thing as an unopposed candidate.

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