Guest Post: Why I Won’t Accept A Congressional Pension

There are leaders in Washington, leaders who stand on principle. Their efforts to change the culture in Washington are ridiculed by liberals and by many Republicans, but they charge ahead.

Conservatives in North Dakota agree on most of the main issues in this election such as, cutting spending, repealing Obamacare and reining in the rogue regulators. Each of the six Republican candidates has talked about these issues. The challenge for the delegates is finding the candidate that will actually do it. You can take the politicians at their word – or you can look at their records and take a look at my record.

I have a record of standing in the breach against the expansion of government; I have a history of saying “NO” in Bismarck; and I have a history of voting to slash our pension debt to protect the future for our children and grandchildren. The other candidates cannot say the same.

I have pledged that I will not accept a Congressional pension if I become your member of Congress. My pledge has been labeled as meaningless or as a gimmick by other Republicans. They are wrong. I am on a mission to change the culture in Washington and refusing to spend taxpayer’s money on things we do not need is no gimmick. In fact, several of the conservative House members elected in 2010 have made similar pledges. I will stand with them.

This is about regaining the trust of the American people. People need to know that if they send me 1,300 miles away to vote on what we spend and how we spend, that I will always remember that it is their money and not the government’s money. I have put my foot down in Bismarck in the past and stood strong against the big-government officials at the state level and challenged the system. I did it here in North Dakota, I will do it in Washington, DC – I guarantee that!

We can win this fight. The culture in Washington must change or the country we leave our children will not be America. Congress must not only share in that sacrifice, Congress must lead.

I look forward to earning your support.

Rep. Bette Grande represents District 41 in North Dakota’s legislature. She’s also a candidate for the NDGOP nomination for US House.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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