5/24/18, by James Mosher,
If you didn’t attend the GOP Convention, you missed an excellent speech by Dr. Mark Holbrook, Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Maine’s 1st Congressional District. He is the sole challenger to incumbent Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME).
Dr. Holbrook is a former law enforcement officer for the city of Brunswick and currently works as a counselor for active members of the military, veterans, and members of law enforcement. I spoke with him briefly after his speech and purchased his book BULLETPROOF: Why Cops and John Wayne Never Cry. I requested that he inscribe it to my oldest son, who desires to be a police officer.
The book was an easy read. I consumed it two weeks ago during a flight en route to our family vacation in Florida. Dr. Holbrook reveals his heart for his brothers in blue. He laments losing a good friend and fellow officer, who committed suicide in 1998. Moved by the loss of his friend, Holbrook attempts to equip officers with methods to proactively recognize and handle the stressors unique to law enforcement.
Among those honored in the book are, “the selfless men and women who wear a badge and put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect the rest of us from anarchy and evil.” I contend that the dedication is descriptive of the man: Holbrook has enlisted in the fight to counteract the chaos fostered by progressive policies unleashed during the Obama administration.
Two years ago, Holbrook set out to unseat uber-progressive U.S. House, Rep. Chellie Pingree. His was an uphill battle. I attended the 2016 GOP Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. My wife treated me to Howie Carr’s live radio broadcast because she knows how much her husband respects the Captain. Both Dr. Holbrook and Ande Smith, the other Republican candidate for U.S. House in 2016, were featured during the show.
I listened intently as Howie and his producer, Steve Robinson, questioned Holbrook regarding his chances of winning. At one point, Robinson chimed in with, “Hey Mark, can you run a viable campaign considering that you only have five grand cash on hand?”
Both Howie and Steve had fun poking at the mere pittance amassed by Holbrook ($10,000 to be exact). The segment was so effective I went home with a yard sign for Ande Smith.
I will never make that mistake again.
Dr. Holbrook defeated Smith in the Republican primary and went on to run a great race against Pingree despite not having a snowball’s chance. Maine’s 1st Congressional District has been a Democratic stronghold since Rep. James Longley, Jr. lost his seat in 1996. It has been Pingree’s since 2008.
Despite his loss in 2016, Holbrook demonstrated that it was possible to give the progressives a run for their money on a shoestring budget. The 1st Congressional District isn’t quite the formidable progressive fortress that it is purported to be. Yes, it is true that 227,546 votes were cast in Pingree’s favor. But the significance of the votes Holbrook garnered shouldn’t be minimized. In fact, 164,569 voters showed up in defiance of the progressive agenda and voted in favor of conservatism (it is worth noting that James B. Longley, Jr. won in 1994 with 136,316).
A sizeable conservative victory is possible in November if there is not a drastic shift in voter turnout. All that is necessary is that less than half of Holbrook’s voters convince just one family member, friend, or co-worker to side with him at the polls.
Holbrook is precisely the candidate we need in D.C. During his GOP Convention speech, Dr. Holbrook self-identified as “a redneck from Brunswick with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology”. He stated, “there are a lot of nuts in Washington that could use my help.”
I concur. Our country is suffering from a lack of leadership. If we are to remedy the mess we are in, it is time to get to work.
I say we start by endeavoring to change hearts and minds. We shouldn’t be disheartened. Perseverance is key.
“As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us,” (Winston Churchill).
James Mosher is a husband, father, veteran and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared.
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