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Vote for the Political Outsider, Not the Political Survivors

Vote for the Political Outsider, Not the Political Survivors

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It is only fitting on Veterans Day, when we celebrate and remember those who have worn our nation’s uniform, to remind San Diegans there is only one obvious choice to represent the 52nd District in Congress.

Letters logoWe have a unique opportunity to elect the type of courageous leader who doesn’t come along often: a man of character, integrity and with proven leadership skills. Kirk Jorgensen is that leader.

Unlike so many of the current members of Congress, Jorgensen wore his nation’s uniform as a Marine for more than a decade.

He’s fought terrorism and genocide, and commanded brave men and women in missions around the globe to protect our freedoms.

Most Americans know Marines live by a code, one of honor, courage and commitment. But Marines, like all members of the U.S. Armed Forces, are taught to stay away from partisan politics.

Think about it. The military is rightfully held to a higher standard of conduct, giving peace of mind to the American people that our armed forces aren’t politicized.

Instead, our men and women in uniform are taught to work together toward a common goal.

Jorgensen embodies this training and intends to work in Washington with members of both parties to solve the enormous challenges facing our great nation. He knows that divisive language and rhetoric don’t solve problems. Discussions and compromise do.

Unlike two other candidates in this race, Jorgensen has never held public office. But he’s served the American public his entire adult life, not only as a Marine Corps officer, but also as a trained CIA case officer in charge of fighting terrorism. He’s a political outsider, a man of courage and impeccable character.

Two of the other candidates, Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters, are mere political survivors. Both men go from election to election, seeking positions paid for by the taxpayers. They are men in search of the next government job, with no real purpose. They are professional politicians.

DeMaio’s claim to fame is losing his mayoral bid for what was a traditionally a Republican’s job, in a traditionally Republican city. That’s not an impressive track record.

DeMaio says he’s a Republican, but as the author of this Voice of San Diego op-ed on Peters correctly identifies, DeMaio’s stances on many issues closely mirror those of Peters’.

During his freshman term in Congress, Peters hasn’t done anything meaningful to distinguish himself. It’s as if he went to Washington and disappeared.

America needs new leadership. Jorgensen is a leader. He’s a man with a purpose. He will join with the other combat veterans who serve in the 114th Congress and work to protect and defend the Constitution. Jorgensen is the man we need to send to Washington to represent our district.

Joseph R. John is a retired U.S. Navy captain. John’s commentary has been edited for clarity. See anything in there we should fact check? Tell us what to check out here. Want to respond? Submit a commentary.

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Rick Smith
Rick Smith subscriber

The ACA has been the law of the land for four years. He wants to repeal, but has no replacement. Does he want to repeal the elimination on lifetime caps on coverage? Does he want to repeal the ability of parents to keep their children on their insurance until age 26? Does he want to repeal the exclusion of preexisting conditions as an allowable reason to deny insurance? Does he want to repeal the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage to their customers? (Rescission)

Those are simple starter questions.

Rick Smith
Rick Smith subscriber

Sorry, if he doesn't have an answer now he is not ready for prime time.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

Why did I just hear Jack Nicholson say "You can't handle the truth!"

People who go to war or do black ops do it because they want to. If anyone thinks the shadow acts of our government is keeping us free they are not thinking about it very hard.

Jorgensen might be OK, but we already have DeMaio, a fiscal conservative. What does Jorgensen add to that? CIA experience in and of itself brings as many negatives as positives.

Putting Jorgensen in congress is going to stop the next terrorist attack how precisely?

Olin Hyde
Olin Hyde

Success as a CIA agent and US Marine do not translate into the ability to collaborate with those that have opposing opinions. Although Mr. Jorgensen has shown leadership skills as a government employee, he is far from entrepreneurial. DeMiao started a company and knows how to get things done. Jorgensen has no professional experience outside of the bubble of national security where no one gets fired and every project is driven top-down with massive budgets. The key to our National success will be making government work better with less resources. DeMaio is the right person to do this. Not a command-and-control hawk.

Olin Hyde
Olin Hyde subscribermember

Success as a CIA agent and US Marine do not translate into the ability to collaborate with those that have opposing opinions. Although Mr. Jorgensen has shown leadership skills as a government employee, he is far from entrepreneurial. DeMiao started a company and knows how to get things done. Jorgensen has no professional experience outside of the bubble of national security where no one gets fired and every project is driven top-down with massive budgets. The key to our National success will be making government work better with less resources. DeMaio is the right person to do this. Not a command-and-control hawk.

David Hall
David Hall

In other words, don't worry about his positions, just support him because he was a marine and has worked for the cia?

You have to be kidding.

David Hall
David Hall subscriber

In other words, don't worry about his positions, just support him because he was a marine and has worked for the cia?

You have to be kidding.

Manny Chen
Manny Chen

being associated with the CIA is not something we need in our elected officials. no thanks.

JeffD
JeffD

Kirk Jorgensen is a good friend and someone I am proud to support. Mr. Jorgensen's love for his family and tremendous character are exhibited everyday by the way he lives his life. He has already served our country by his service in the military and now he is offering to serve our country again. We need to take him up on his offer and change the type of people who represent us in Washington.

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

I personally know Mr. Jorgensen and his wonderful extended family. He is a dedicated family man, decorated veteran, and a man of complete integrity. The sentiments of Capt John are spot on. We need to wake up to the stark reality that the current crop of self-serving politicians is never going to reverse the death spiral that our nation is currently in. We also need to send a message to all the "kingmakers" within each party and tell them we want our congress and government back from the professional politicians. Enough is enough…

Jorgensen is the real deal! Support Kirk Jorgensen for Congress…and start the correction for a future as prosperous as the one our parents left us!

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

In a free market system, for the millions of Americans presently being thrown off those plans, they "had" them (insurance plans) precisely because they "liked" them...they were affordable, covered what (and probably only what) they desired in their coverage...not forced, centralized mandated coverage; for example gynocological procedures or papsmears for men...or pre-natal coverage for couples who do/can not/will not again have children, or smoking sessation counciling for non-smokers....

Jorgensen thankfully is on the right side of this...repeal it, and craft a new balanced, equatible and viable program. Peters and DeMaio...not so sure!

Rick Smith
Rick Smith

The healthcare (insurance) plan they had, not necessarily "Liked"

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

Rick, are you seeing the debacle unfold? Are you aware that more people are being kicked off than will be enrolled? nearly 5 million americans already have been informed they can no longer keep the health care they liked? Sound familiar? I think what any sane person wants is a system that is equitable both for coverage and monetarily. Premiums are skyrocketing; a large swath, millions of Americans within the middle class (not the 2 %-ers) are going to be without coverage come 1 Jan..either because they cannot afford the new plan from the old company based on all the provisos and "free" stuff offered in the Deplorable Care Act, , or they cannot find an affordable plan on the new system because the deductible is astronomical (provided they can get on at all)…So, are you willing to keep the existing law knowing the new construct is even more disastrous by every passing day?

Is Scott Peters going to advocate for the DCA while the roof is falling in? The alternatives are bleak, I grant you that, but doing nothing and keeping a law that with each passing day we are regrettably discovering precisely what is in it…and it is horrible.

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

That's a tall order, Rick...based on that logica, you couldn't vote for any one...tell me, what precisely is Peter's solution? More of the same?...or DeMaio? Does he have a plan? If all of them have no plan, what makes Jorgensen any less ready for Prime Time?

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

Rick, that is something Mr. Jorgensen will need to capture pronto...but he is not alone; many experienced Pols, both Republican and Democrat, are struggling with that prospect. One thing is clear, and is gaining rapid bi-partisan understanding; the current debacle of the Deplorable Care Act is not sustainable. Even staunch Dems recognize this, in its current form is a death mark for any Dems running in 2014 and beyond. None of them want this albatross around their neck...well, maybe Mr. Peters..he appears "all in."

Rick Smith
Rick Smith

" ObamaCare. I know Mr. Jorgensen is advocating repealing it entirely, and starting anew…"

With what?

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

I know there is some local support for Mr. DeMaio…while admirable, I, and thousands of others, believe it is misguided…Let’s face it…Mr. DeMaio’s latest resume filler is losing to Bob Filner...not exactly a “front-runner” position. You are mostly correct...Mr. DeMaio and Mr. Jorgensen have many synergies in their fiscal approaches, understandably running as Republicans (though, I am not precisely sure where Mr. DeMaio is on ObamaCare. I know Mr. Jorgensen is advocating repealing it entirely, and starting anew…given the abysmal roll out and secondary colossal affects with millions now losing their coverage, more and more pols, including democrats, are considering this position).

I would also ask what local pension reform issues are supposed to translate to the federal level? All the “Fix Congress First/New Generation”” rhetoric from Mr. DeMaio aside, the same arguments on comparable capabilities and experiences in this regard are very similar. However, Mr. Jorgensen has worked with, and knows firsthand the issues plaguing the National Command Authority and the interworking’s of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed services committees…having provided intelligence and briefings that were provided to their members. This issue, along with the looming atomic threat posed by Iran, the ongoing strife in Syria, and the impact and ramifications of Benghazi on our national reputation are all things of premier national import…and are very unique that Mr. Jorgensen would be the only CIA-certified Case Officer in the Congress. Mr, Jorgensen, unlike Mr. DeMaio, or Mr. Peters for that matter, will NOT need to “google” national security in order to speak to it.

Finally, Jorgensen is tested in stress, strife, and conditions that far exceed the petty bureaucratic and contrived political spats that Mr. DeMaio and Mr. Peter’s seem to relish in. He knows what it is like to both receive and make the “Three O’Clock” phone call that Ms. Clinton failed to make or respond to as illustrated with her debacle of Benghazi. His direct knowledge, experience, and background are completely germane to the threats, issues, and challenges our leaders will face in the coming months and years.

The attributes that are forged in the fires of Harm’s Way are invaluable and are the cornerstone for many of the attributes we want, and demand, from our leaders. Nowhere is this more evident in the debacles of the current administration in Benghazi, Syria, Iran, and deteriorating relations with Israel as the WH staff and senior decision-makers at the civilian levels have NO military or intelligence experience to speak of…and we are seeing why that is important in real-time.

Encouraged 2014
Encouraged 2014

No Olin, they don't get fired...they get killed.
The hubris of the comments here are so cavalier about men who put their lives and families on the line, doing operations and sensitive missions you can only read about, is remarkable. It is an indictment of the nativity of a thankless populace toward a volunteer-class that ensures they, the ingrates, are protected, while they, the ingrates, go to the mall. I can personally attest to the fact few lines of work are more entrepreneurial than being a clandestine Operations officer in the CIA.

Regarding his positions, go to kirkjorgensenforcongress.com...see for yourself...and he is the only conservative running outside the establishment. No one is advocating these are his only attributes...but local reform??? That's it..reform? "Change congress first" ? There is already a republican majority in the house..what is DeMaio going to change and reform? Jorgensen has delat at the highest levels of the National Command Authority dealing with the most vital issues of our time...Jihadist terrorism. It wasn't a lack of reform that will kill the next crop of Americans from a terror attack...

Who's kidding now?

Manny Chen, I recommend you read the Black Tulip before you make ignorant and baseless comments about CIA personnel.

Rick Smith
Rick Smith subscriber

The healthcare (insurance) plan they had, not necessarily "Liked"

Rick Smith
Rick Smith subscriber

" ObamaCare. I know Mr. Jorgensen is advocating repealing it entirely, and starting anew…"

With what?

Rick Smith
Rick Smith

The ACA has been the law of the land for four years. He wants to repeal, but has no replacement. Does he want to repeal the elimination on lifetime caps on coverage? Does he want to repeal the ability of parents to keep their children on their insurance until age 26? Does he want to repeal the exclusion of preexisting conditions as an allowable reason to deny insurance? Does he want to repeal the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage to their customers? (Rescission)

Those are simple starter questions.

Rick Smith
Rick Smith

Sorry, if he doesn't have an answer now he is not ready for prime time.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Why did I just hear Jack Nicholson say "You can't handle the truth!"

People who go to war or do black ops do it because they want to. If anyone thinks the shadow acts of our government is keeping us free they are not thinking about it very hard.

Jorgensen might be OK, but we already have DeMaio, a fiscal conservative. What does Jorgensen add to that? CIA experience in and of itself brings as many negatives as positives.

Putting Jorgensen in congress is going to stop the next terrorist attack how precisely?