About Gary Clift (from cliftforcongress.com)
I was born in California and then spent most of my childhood in third world countries including Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, and Jamaica. In these countries, I experienced firsthand the consequences of failed economies and the dysfunctional political systems which created them. Corruption, nepotism and political cronyism were the norm. As a dependent of a US Foreign Service Officer, I observed the ethos of a devoted public servant who taught me that the right thing to do was not always the easiest thing to do. At a young age, I represented the US in foreign countries and would volunteer in various aspects to promote US interests.
After graduating from high school, I returned to the US and graduated from UC Davis in 1980. Soon after, my wife and I settled in Solano County to raise our daughter and son where five generations of my family have resided. Like previous generations before me, I maintain a small farm where I grow organic produce for my family and friends.
I spent 26 years working in Law Enforcement for the State of California where I passionately served as a crime victim advocate battling the giant state bureaucracy that penalizes victims and rewards the criminals. Frustrated by the increased acceleration of government inefficiency, waste, and growth from a political bubble making California state government dysfunctional, I retired in 2006.
I ran for state office twice in the 1990’s. Following these two campaigns, I have been asked by hundreds of supporters to run again. When the CA Congressional District 10 became vacant I could not pass on the opportunity. California voters are disappointed in their government leaders and they should be. District 10 voters have a rare opportunity to make their voices heard and elect a representative who is a true public servant.
The financial future of our country is at risk if the Federal Government follows California’s lead. Federal government has grown too big and expenditures greatly exceed tax revenues. This cannot continue. We need to reduce federal government by cutting the waste and mis-management. One of my first actions in Congress will be to cosponsor HR 1207 which aims to audit the Federal Reserve and make government transparent with our tax dollars. This is a priority among my many issues.
Why did I chose to be 9/12 candidate?
Our Nation is broken, many of our leaders have abandoned our Constitution and “public service” has become synonymous with taking care of personal business. I believe that many of the solutions to our Nation’s problems are simple and can be found in the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, I believe that the founders were brilliant and great wisdom was applied in the drafting of the Constitution. I want to go to Congress, represent the citizens of California and the U.S. Constitution and restore the Republic by returning power to the States.
The 9/12 Principles and Values represent the principles and values we should expect our elected official to embody. Our government is not just attempting to remove God from our society it is infringing on the nine principles and corrupting the 12 values. We are rewarding companies and individuals who break the law and punishing those who obey the law.
How can the 9/12 organization help my campaign?
The primary election is on 9/1/09. Most of the voting will be absentee ballots. We are calling the voters and reminding them to vote, advising them that Gary Clift is the best candidate and asking them to mail their ballot immediately. We have almost 200 volunteers, we need more to make phone calls, we have an automated phone list system and any help is appreciated. 10, 25, or 50 calls per day will help get the vote out. Our campaign staff can be reached at 707-447-8567 and we are ready to put good hearted volunteers to work immediately!