Local Attorney Phil Troyer, announced his intention this Â morning to run against current Representative Mark Souder in the 2010 primary.
The announcement was held at the Chestnut Hills Clubhouse this morning and repeated in the afternoon at the Goshen Public Library.
Phil Troyer, a Fort Wayne attorney, will announce his intention to challenge incumbent U.S. Congressman Mark Souder in the 2010 Republican Primary during press conferences to be held at the following times and locations:
Chestnut Hills Clubhouse (off U.S. 14) in Fort Wayne Tuesday, November 10, 2009 @ 8:00 a.m.
Goshen Public Library Tuesday, November 10, 2009 @ 4:00 p.m.
Troyer, a former aide to U.S. Senators Dan Coats (R-IN) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) and campaign manager for Rick Hawks’ 1990 congressional challenge race, brings considerable political experience to the race. “Frankly, I had no intention of returning to politics,” said Troyer. “Working on Capitol Hill was a tremendous opportunity for someone who grew up in small towns like Etna Green and Shipshewana. However, I decided to move back to northeastern Indiana to concentrate on raising a family and building a career outside of government.”
Troyer currently serves as General Counsel for a national financial services firm whose parent company was recently named the 2nd fastest growing privately-held company in the country by Inc. magazine. “I have a great job and was not looking to change careers,” noted Troyer. “However, when Congressman Souder voted in favor of the $700,000,000,000.00 bailout of Wall Street, I decided someone needed to do something.”
“I began researching Congressman Souder’s record on spending and was profoundly dismayed at what I found,” said Troyer. “He may talk like a fiscal conservative when he is back home in Indiana, but he votes like a big spending liberal when he is in Washington. Republican voters need to know the truth about Congressman Souder’s record on spending, and at the press conferences announcing my candidacy I will provide evidence of just how bad it really is.” Specifically, Troyer will offer documents representing fifty (50) spending votes from the past three (3) years – ranging from the $700,000,000,000.00 Wall Street bailout to $50,000.00 for the National Mule and Packers Museum in California – where Souder voted to increase spending and he would have voted to cut it.
For Troyer, the decision to run came down to a simple consideration. “I have a 9-year old daughter,” noted Troyer. “Working in the financial services industry, I understand the negative impact the exploding federal debt is already having on our economy. If we do not do something to control federal spending quickly, the dollar will continue to weaken and interest rates will rise to encourage foreign countries to continue servicing our debt. That will not only lower our standard of living but jeopardize our national security. As a father, I cannot stand by idly while career politicians like Congressman Souder jeopardize the future of our children and grandchildren with wasteful and selfish porkbarrel spending.”
“Having worked on Capitol Hill and on congressional challenge races, I understand the power of incumbency,” remarked Troyer, “but I also know the power of truth and the anger voters feel when confronted with hypocracy from politicians. I am confident that, when voters learn the truth about my opponent’s record on spending, they will no longer support him. My mission for the next six months will be to ensure people understand what he is really doing in Washington so they can make an informed choice on May 4th.”
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