Statement from Phil Troyer, Republican candidate in the 2010 primary for the 3rd District Congressional seat:
Troyer Drawing Attention from National Media
While local media outlets wait for the “traditional election season” to begin, national media outlets are already noting that the 2010 elections may be anything but “traditional” and they are keeping an eye on Phil Troyer’s challenge of 16-year incumbent Congressman Mark Souder in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.
In an article entitled “The Tea Party vs. the GOP” on the blog The Daily Beast, Adam Clymer, former Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times,cites Troyer’s criticism of Congressman Souder and his support of congressional earmarks as an example of the insurgent campaigns conservative candidates are mounting against incumbent Republicans.
“Another freelance writer recently contacted me for comments regarding the same topic,” noted Troyer. “Even before Scott Brown’s stunning victory in Massachusetts, some members of the national media had already noticed that a populist ground swell was building outside of the traditional party apparatus.”
“I have received enthusiastic responses from the local 9/12 groups I have addressed, and I am scheduled to appear before additional groups in the coming weeks,” said Troyer. “These are people who are motivated to make a difference in the 2010 elections, and I am working hard to earn their support.”
“It is not enough to simply expose Congressman Souder’s record on spending – although it certainly plays well with these groups,” noted Troyer. “They are looking for candidates to support fundamental reforms in Washington. That is why the Class of 2010 – Compact with America, that I developed with another candidate – Liz Lauber from Missouri – is so important. It not only demonstrates my commitment to these reforms but also is an attempt to provide a platform that like-minded candidates can gather around.”