‘We need leaders, not politicians’

I was born at St. Mary’s hospital in Green Bay into a big Irish Catholic family that first came here in 1845. I grew up busing tables at my family’s restaurant and delivering pizza to the Packers’ locker room.

My family, this community, and the values of northeast Wisconsin have shaped me into who I am today, and instilled in me a respect for hard work, faith in God, and service to country.

I joined the U.S. Marine Corps the day I graduated from college and during two deployments to Iraq, I saw young men and women from across this country do incredible things in spite of the odds — working together to accomplish the mission. My last deployment ended not on a battlefield but in a classroom, passing out school supplies to Iraqi children.

But later, I watched as career politicians squandered all those hard won gains. The town in Iraq where I deployed — where we’d given those kids a chance — is now under ISIS control. Radical Islamic terrorism is spreading, and because we have failed to lead abroad, we are no longer safe here at home.

I cannot sit on the sidelines and allow this to continue without a fight. In these difficult times we need leaders, not politicians. We need leaders who will treat political office like a deployment, not a career. We need leaders who will work tirelessly to solve problems rather than punting them to the next generation.

My opponent, Thomas Nelson, has spent his entire life in politics — running for four different offices in just the last eight years. He has a record of raising taxes on Wisconsin families, driving good-paying jobs out of the state, and increasing government spending. He is the same kind of career politician who Wisconsinites are sick and tired of: one who will say and do anything to win an election. Look no further than Social Security. He’s lied repeatedly about my position on this issue. My two grandmothers depend on Social Security and I am completely committed to protecting it.

Unlike my opponent, I will fight to help Wisconsin’s working families keep more of what they earn and bolster our jobs here at home. I will fight to reverse the out-of-control regulations that suffocate our manufacturers and steal wages from Wisconsin workers. I will work tirelessly to keep our country safe and take care of our veterans. And along the way I will not hesitate to stand up to any president or political leader, regardless of party, in order to do what’s right.

The Marine Corps’ motto is “Semper Fidelis.” It means “always faithful.” My promise to you in Congress is simple. While we may not always agree, you will always know exactly where I stand, and I will always be faithful to you and your families, to our community and our values, and to our country and the Constitution that guards our God-given rights.

In return, I humbly ask you for your faith and vote on November 8th.

Mike Gallagher is the Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District. He is a senior global market strategist at Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay and served seven years on active duty as a Marine Corps counterintelligence/human intelligence officer, earning the rank of captain.

‘We need leaders, not politicians’