"We The People, Not Washington" is a Super PAC formed to support Governor Pataki's future agenda to empower the citizens of our great nation, dismantle the perpetual growth and overreach of the federal government and begin reducing the size of the federal government to a more appropriate level.
It’s clear that Washington’s power over our lives has grown beyond measure. In the next election, we will have a once in a generation opportunity to fix our nation’s troubles. Governor Pataki believes our next President must reduce the size, scope and cost of government, make the tax code simpler and more fair, institute term limits for Congress and end the fixed DC insider game by permanently banning retired members from lobbying.
Governor Pataki believes in the maxim, that “states are the laboratories of democracy,” because he has put it to work. As the 10th Amendment requires, the federal government should leave most issues such as healthcare and education to the states and the people.
Having experienced the devastation of terrorism up close on 9/11, Governor Pataki knows America must take a hardline against Islamic extremism. Governor Pataki is a vocal advocate of proactively pursuing terrorists before they attack our homeland again. Our next President can’t begin with a worldwide apology tour; we need to take the fight to the terrorists directly.
Everyone is familiar with the phrase “too big to fail.” Governor Pataki believes “Washington has become too big to succeed.” Our nation’s capital is too powerful, too intrusive and too expensive. For decades, Americans have felt increasingly disconnected from the federal government but under President Obama’s policies we have reached a tipping point. The time has come for sweeping, fundamental reform.
Governor Pataki defeated Democrat icon Mario Cuomo in a race the experts said was impossible to win and then went on to twice be re-elected in one of the largest and bluest states in the country. He is the only person ever elected Governor of New York State running not just on the Republican line, but on the Conservative line as well. As Governor, he helped revive a crippled economy not once but twice, when he first took office and again after the attacks of September 11th.
By standing up to a big spending legislature, shrinking government, vetoing thousands of spending items, excising thousands of government regulations, and implementing one of the largest tax cut programs in American history, Governor Pataki put the Empire State back on track. As Governor, he was able to effectively lead New York by articulating an optimistic conservative vision and seeking common ground with those who hold different views while never wavering on fundamental principles.
Our country’s irrational campaign finance laws make it nearly impossible for Governor Pataki to begin a campaign for President. That’s why we are forming this Super PAC instead to ensure that Americans can discuss the Governor’s vision for our nation’s future.
We are promoting Governor Pataki’s ideas because we cannot lose the debate in this election as we did in 2008 and 2012. If people can only hear the ideas of “favored” candidates, Republicans will lose to Hillary Clinton. America should have leaders with records of accomplishment, who are focused on the issues that matter and who have won tough elections despite challenging demographics.
While we are not campaigning to elect a President, it is our hope the Governor will be encouraged by the positive support he hears from you. And we believe these issues are so important that we intend to continue operating this PAC long into 2016.
Former Gov. George Pataki, who frequently tussled with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during his three terms as governor, released a statement on Friday saying his arrest suggests a broader problem with the expansion of government at both the state and federal level.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, after announcing Thursday he has established a super PAC as he explores a run for president, plans to visit New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Former New York governor George Pataki will return to New Hampshire next week to address a local Republican fund-raiser and speak to college students.