Central Texas Congressman Chet Edwards announced his endorsement of Barack Obama for President today. Congressman Edwards has represented Central Texas for many years and as he said today, he usually does not endorse candidates that are running for the democratic nomination for President. However, he is making an exception with Barack Obama because Edwards believes that Obama has the ability to make real positive changes as our next President. Congressman Chet Edwards is one of only a hand full of Texas democratic US House of Representative members to survive the redrawing of congressional districts in Texas a few years ago - an effort that was lead by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
As a lifelong Republican, Congressman Edwards has not always been my first choice on election day. However, I did vote for Chet Edwards during the last election and I intend to vote for him again in November. I guess I would call myself a reformed conservative American voter. During the days of Ronald Reagan, I usually voted for Republican candidates. However, as the Bush administration has been redefining the conservative Republican movement into a 'religion party', my support for the GOP has changed dramatically. On two different occasions I voted for President Bush because I thought his actions as Commander-In-Chief were honest and above board. However, my feelings toward President Bush have changed over the past two or three years.
While Congressman Chet Edwards is a Democrat, I in no way look at his voting record as liberal. Instead, Congressman Edwards tends to always look out for the best interest of his congressional district, which is exactly what he should do when in Washington. I must say that I was surprised when I saw on tonight's 6 o'clock news that Congressman Edwards was endorsing Barack Obama, but I am glad he did. Like Congressman Edwards, Barack Obama has touched something down deep inside of me that has caused me to think less about whether a candidate is liberal or conservative but more importantly is the candidate interested in creating real change in America.
The politics of self destruction has been going on for far too long in America. What the American people want in 2008 is a real leader that is interested more in the people they represent than in big money special interest groups that infest Washington.
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