Colonel Rob Maness, GatorPac, And The Need for Character In Washington

Principles are drawn in the chambers of the heart; we are designed by God from the outset with the ability to produce unwavering character. But man often chooses to eschew his principles in favor of selfish opportunity.

Many politicians are driven wholly by opportunity, and are absent core principles; they bend in the breeze. Few in Washington have character, and those who do are targeted for it.

Last November, Col. Rob Maness lost his bid for the United States Senate.

The two leading candidates in Louisiana, Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy, were neck and neck. But fellow Republican Maness—an outsider candidate, with little money—was polling much higher than anyone could have expected. Maness racked up endorsements from conservative PACs and Committees, as well as heavyweights like Phillis Schlafly, Mark Levin, and Sarah Palin.

There was doubt among conservatives regarding Bill Cassidy’s trustworthiness, due to prior support for Democrats—including Landrieu—in the form of donations. Cassidy also attacked Bobby Jindal in his 2003 Gubernatorial race against Democrat Kathleen Blanco. reports:

“[Cassidy] gave [Democrat Kathleen Blanco’s] campaign $2,000. Only the year before, Cassidy even supported Landrieu’s Senate re-election, contributing $500 to her 2002 campaign.”

While Cassidy’s voting record in the House was fair, his evolving political ideals, while not unprecedented—remember Ronald Reagan was a Democrat—made conservatives uneasy.

Palin, Schlafly, Levin, and numerous organizations saw Rob Maness as the real deal—an outsider, clean of the filthy Washington blood that has led our country to near ruin. They saw a man who was principled in an uncanny way. They saw a red-blooded American.

However, even with stellar backing, on November 4, 2014, Mary Landrieu won with 42.1% of the vote, followed by Bill Cassidy with 41%. Maness came in third with 13.8%. The election went to a runoff in which Cassidy luckily beat Landrieu by a landslide.

But what then? Following his defeat, Rob Maness didn’t give up, he took his loss and did something with it; he created GatorPac.

Speaking with a representative of GatorPac via email, I was given a rundown of their mission statement:

“We are looking to play in and assist true conservative candidates on the federal, state, and local levels. Especially in the 2015 state races here in Louisiana. 

GatorPAC is also working to inspire and recruit grassroots, conservative activists and citizen leaders. We are working to find leaders who are committed to accountability in governing, constitutional principles, and will promote policies that further liberty, prosperity, and certainty. These are all principles and ideals that Colonel Maness held during his 2014 US Senate run.”

Additionally, the GatorPac website says that after Maness lost his bid for the Senate:

“…it became clear that more must be done to seat true constitutional conservatives at the local, state, and federal levels. GatorPAC was then born.

Like Rob’s campaign, Gator PAC will engage ordinary citizens in the political process by actively recruiting non-politicians to get involved at all levels of government.”

I support GatorPac, and I support Rob Maness, but above all else, I support the ideals they promote. However, in order to effectively advocate conservative values, one needs a voice that can cut through the fog of Washington and shake up the elitist establishment. Rob Maness is that voice. He is the beginning of a blood transfusion in politics—in the vein of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Sarah Palin.

I encourage you to support GatorPac and organizations like them, because they are fighting for you. The elites in Washington don’t care about us; they pursue election to stay elected. They have no desire to do what’s right for America, only what’s right for their bottom line.

I pray Rob Maness chooses to run again. I believe he can win, and I believe that we are too close to the edge to back down.

As Maness said, let’s show the Washington elitists what real courage looks like.