Congressional candidate Amit Singh on Saturday picked up the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia. Mr. Singh is running in Virginia’s June 10 congressional primary for the Republican nomination to replace 8th-District embarrassment Jim Moran.
The race provides a microcosmic look into the bold colors v. pale pastels identity crisis facing the Republican Party nationally.
Mr. Singh stands for the principles that define the Republican Party–limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal freedom, and Constitutional integrity. I had the pleasure of chatting with Mr. Singh about these principles last month. He recognized that federal meddling has worsened many of the problems it was supposed to solve and proposes free-market solutions to reverse the damage. For example, he supports privatizing airport security and partially privatizing the Social Security system. He opposes the Incumbent Protection Gag Rule known as McCain-Feingold. He favors making the Bush tax cuts permanent and has signed my friend Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Mr. Singh is generally pro-life and asserted that life begins at conception, though he would allow exceptions, such as in the cases of rape or incest.
By contrast, Mr. Singh’s primary opponent, Mark Ellmore, has been likened to Mike Huckabee, without the charisma, a pro-life Democrat-lite willing to trust the government to solve problems. “Had the government not intervened in some cases it could have had catastrophic consequences,” he explained on American Chronicle. While he has signed Mr. Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he supports increasing tax transfers by expanding programs like Medicare. He even favors job-killing regulation like minimum wage mandates.
Mr. Ellmore reflects what the Republican Party has become, misled by ersatz pragmatism into policies that damage the country and cheapen the Republican brand.
Mr. Singh reflects what that Republican Party should become again, led by core principles toward policies that work.
I look forward to marking my June 10 primary ballot for Amit Singh. If you live in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District, I hope you’ll join me.