Joel standing with Matt Kibbe President & CEO, FreedomWorks
On Monday, July 9th at Innsbrook Country Club, Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks PAC, Came to Merrillville to lead a roundtable discussion and speak at a reception for our 1st District Congressional Nominee Joel Phelps. Joel and Mr. Kibbe spoke to the crowd against a fitting backdrop of the American Flag and a framed copy of the US Constitution. Joel spoke first about why he is running and his belief that we can once again be the country where anyone, no matter who they are or where they came from, can achieve the American Dream. Matt Kibbe spoke next about the importance of working to elect candidates like Joel and restoring the promise of America by returning the power to the people. He said that many of us have forgotten, but it is our responsibility to ensure that our country endures and that the movement that we have seen the last two years has been Americans taking back that responsibility.
Reporter Bill Dolan of the Northwest Indiana Times reported on the event the next day with an article about the event and an encouraging take on this race: “The latest Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky is riding the Tea Party's disdain for career politicians into another unlikely victory this year.” To read the rest of the article click on the link below.
Here is Joel Phelps and his lovely wife, Jennifer, at the July 9th Freedomworks event, above. All-American couple!
Let me tell you about Joel Phelps. The guy is friendly and articulate. He is frankly charming but part of his charm is his desire to just tell you what he thinks, no beating around the bush, and yet not in any way confrontational. He just has a belief system and a knowledge base and an idea how to go about getting things done and he is willing to go beyond the norm and volunteer to go to Washington to take on the career politicians and point everyone towards common sense and success. We had time to chat about his vision and his plans for success and I was very impressed.
I told him point blank that we had not heard much about him in Lake County and Joel said, "Ouch!" But he promised that we will certainly be hearing from him now. Then he spent several hours each afternoon and evening meeting people and, well, letting them hear from him!
Campaign manager Steve Wolff captured Joel with the word "Elephant" right over his head! Here is Joel Phelps with David and Lisa Haddad of Monitronics with one of their installers in Cedar Lake at the aforementioned Summerfest
During the Cedar Lake Summerfest, Joel was there for the afternoon and evening on Thursday, Friday and I believe Saturday as well. (I got a bit overheated there myself so the memory is a bit shaky). He spent most of his time right in the middle of the walkway, making himself available to people, taking their questions, asking them about themselves, ready to focus his attention on each person one at a time, being present with people rather than simply making an appearance. If you had questions on issues? He would tell you his ideas and ask you about yours. He would talk about what working on a campaign is like, he was willing to discuss things with teenagers too young to vote for him, he is just a people person.
Joel Phelps on a hot summer night at Cedar Lake Summerfest standing with my wife, Debbie. Notice her handmade elephant earrings? Elephant for Republican, naturally.
Joel Phelps and Steve Wolff were interacting with the crowd at Summefest along with County Candidate Jerry Tippy (More on Jerry later on this blog). I thought to myself, yes, this is the way a man of the people gets your vote. He meets you, he listens to you, he talks to you and doesn't depend on ads and stickers and so-called town hall meetings where he calls the shots. He was quite glad to meet each and every hot, sticky person at Summerfest and his smile is just too genuine to be a fake.
Joel enjoys taking with Mrs. Baur at Summerfest, explaining his business card, which has a pretty cool design.
When you see Joel Phelps, you see a man very comfortable in suit and tie dealing with movers and shakers, but you also see someone who loves being out in the crowd with everyday people. When you meet campaign manager Steve Wolff, you remember that birds of a feather flock together. Steve is a polite, energetic, motivated and friendly young man who you cannot help but like when you first shake his hand. Sometimes you get a good feel for people by the company they keep. Pete Visclosky was quite happy to be associated with Barack Obama in 2008. He was quite happy to support Obamacare. Joel Phelps would rather hang out with me and you.
I think Joel Phelps is a fine young man, old enough to know what to do, young enough to have the energy and chutzpah to do it!!!
AmericanVet and his wife (chaperoning a Prom)
This is me and my wife, Debbie. We will talk to people about Joel Phelps. I will write, Debbie will walk house to house, I will make presentations in meetings and together we will be a small part of the grass roots movement needed to bring a much-needed change to this area and this nation! Debbie and I endorse Joel Phelps for Congressional District One. We like him, respect him and believe in him!
My First Candidate I Really Like for the November election = Joel Phelps!!!
I am not alone (see below)!
Check out his website. Please! Before you automatically vote to send the same old Beltway Boy back to Congress yet AGAIN, think about who would really represent you? Pete Visclosky has been going to Washington since 1985. Before the internet was really around. Before everyone had cell phones. Before the FIRST Gulf War! Before the Berlin Wall came down. Before he refused to stand and give testimony to the House Ethics committee and they (surprise!) decided to clear him of malfeasance. After 27 years of local employment opportunities going down and the general state of Northwest Indiana's economy stagnating and now the entire country staggering under a mountain of debt, can we have a new guy come in and try his hand for a change? Like Joel says himself:
If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
WHY US, NOW
A personal note from Joel