Lawson, Along with N.C. 7th District Candidate Ilario Pantano, Are Part of Revolutionary Group of Candidates Who Promise to Put the Voting Public and Country First – Or Pay
RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- William (B.J.) Lawson, MD, Republican challenger to Rep. David Price in North Carolina's Fourth District, today announced his pledge that he will not serve more than four two-year terms if elected to U.S. Congress. As part of this effort, Dr. Lawson is pledging $1 million of his personal net worth to the Sentinels of Freedom charitable organization to guarantee his promise to the voters. Incumbent Rep. Price, 70, has already held this office for 22 years and is seeking his 12th term. Ilario Pantano, the Republican candidate challenging seven-term Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC-07), joined Lawson at his announcement today as a fellow bonded candidate. The candidates' appearance together represents an historic first in U.S. politics.
Candidates who sign a bonded term limits pledge do so to demonstrate a binding commitment to the voters that their platform and the needs of the American people are more important than any personal need for political longevity and power. The Alliance for Bonded Term Limits (ABTL) is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to seeking candidates for state and national office who will bond their term limit pledges with a promissory note for a credible portion of their personal funds. Including Lawson, there are currently six political candidates who have made this pledge who advanced from the primary to the general election.
"This is the only promise that an elected official can actually keep," said John Skvarla, founder of the Alliance for Bonded Term Limits, Inc. "The more candidates like B.J. and Ilario who sign this bonded term limit pledge, the sooner we will have the accountability and transparency in our government that we desperately need. The way to really reform Congress and state government is to have strong candidates who will always put their constituents and their country ahead of the quest for a long-term political career and special interest support. We are proud to have two distinguished congressional candidates in North Carolina – a warrior and a healer – sign this pledge."
"As a firm believer that career politicians in Washington like David Price are out of touch with constituents as well as their rulebook, the U.S. Constitution, it was easy for me to sign this pledge," said Dr. Lawson. "If elected, I know that I can represent North Carolina's Fourth District effectively in Washington within a maximum of eight years. I will fight hard with other likeminded elected officials, with citizen support, to fix the broken system of unnecessary regulations and cronyism that strangle Americans and their livelihoods."
"I'm honored to be here in support of Dr. Lawson and his decision to bond his term limit as I have chosen to do as well," said Pantano. "My opponent is running for his 8th term despite once signing a pledge that he would run for no more than six. By campaigning and then being elected on the promise of term limits, and then violating his word, Congressman McIntyre has pointedly demonstrated the allure of power that has unfortunately overtaken many of our elected officials in Washington."
By signing the bonded term limit pledge, elected office holders of any party may then focus on the business of representing the people and on serving with effectiveness and integrity, and then return home to live among their neighbors under the laws they've helped to enact. Betraying their bonded term limit pledge carries substantial legal, monetary and public affairs repercussions from which political recovery is unlikely.
For further information about ABTL, please visit http://www.bondedtermlimits.org/
B.J. Lawson is a Constitutional conservative, medical doctor and small businessman running against 22-year incumbent David Price, who votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other congressman. For more information regarding B.J. Lawson's bid for North Carolina's 4th Congressional seat, please visit his website at www.LawsonforCongress.com.
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