Del Spurlock, former United States Assistant Secretary of the Army under Ronald Reagan, endorses Janet Garrett

I am honored to support Janet Garrett for election to the seat for this 4th Congressional District. She will bring to her campaign and to her representation of the citizens of this district a renewed challenge to stay engaged intimately with the working of our democracy. She has asked me and my friend, General Clara Adams-Ender, the former Army Chief of Nurses, to formulate a plan of action to address the long term needs and societal potential of our betrayed veterans and the costs of our endless and unnecessary wars. I welcome that opportunity and have pledged to meet with veterans of whatever political persuasion to discuss the issues facing them and their families and my views on the design of a new security structure for our country in which they and their families are an essential building block. Janet has also asked me to address the issues surrounding the potential corruption of our democracy, community destabilization, and economic impoverishment caused so many of Ohioans by our past and proposed trade policies. I welcome the opportunity.

Make no mistake about it, the race for this Congressional District in this national election year is one of the most significant in our Country. Ohio is a bellwether political battleground, not only because of its electoral significance, also because no other state so embodies and reflects the public mood of Americans, as does Ohio. This has likely been true of Ohio since it’s founding. It was a state born free of slavery, imbued with constraints and blessings of due process of law, and graced with a civic structure, originating from our Townships that gave the emigrant and migrating masses of the 19th and early 20th century the reality of political purpose. The Ohio people gave the other states of the Northwest Ordinance a model to emulate, and the promise of fundamental fairness for all people to experience for themselves. The Ohio that emerged from those beginnings likely produced in the middle 20th century the most effective democracy America has every known.

That democracy is now lost to our Country. Replaced by an oligarchic political and social structure that has betrayed its working class and its veterans. Ohio has played a central role in that transformation and was targeted to do so. Ohio, that played such a role in the breaking the back of Jim Crow discrimination and securing voting rights for Blacks and, before that the full citizenship rights of women, is now engaged in constraining those rights and governing by gerrymander.

Sadly, my party, the Republican Party that I grew up with and in whose administrations I served, is leading that regression. And no Ohio politician is more regressive, mean spirited and duplicitous than the incumbent of this gerrymandered Ohio 4th District, Jim Jordan. He takes his marching orders not from the people of this District but from the Koch Brothers in their war against the public interest. He is the organizer and leader in the House of what can best be described as a new confederacy in its war on the operation of the American government. As such, he is an essential supporting player in the transformation of our country from democracy to oligarchy, the rule by the few.

Janet Garrett knows that the return to democratic governance will not be accomplished solely with the defeat of Jordan and those who think like him. It will also take a greater active participation in the representation of the people in this District, by the people in it. And in this, Janet is going to run her office in Washington as no other. The "lobbyists" who guide Janet will be the veterans, workers and students of this District, not the lobbyists of the Koch brothers and Wall Street. I have pledged to sign on to that continuing effort throughout the campaign and after.

-Delbert L. Spurlock, Jr