Binderim's Blog

Friday, April 28, 2006

Poe Chooses Big Oil over the People

For Immediate Release

Gary Binderim, 281-770-0413
Stace Medellin, 281-361-5808

Poe Chooses Oil Buddies Over the People

KINGWOOD, TX—Gas prices continue their climb in Congressional District 2, affecting middle and working class families from one end of the district to the other. Do you know where your congressman is?

According to candidate for Congressional District 2, Gary Binderim, one-term incumbent Ted Poe has been missing in action. “As gas prices and the overall cost of living increase, everything we work for seems to be worth less,” said Binderim, adding, “Where’s our congressman?”

According to Federal Election Commission documents, Poe has already taken in thousands of dollars from oil and energy companies, while voting against a measure to crack down on price gouging. “Ted Poe voted to protect the special interests that have funded his campaign and his indifference toward the people of District 2,” said Binderim.

Binderim blasted Poe’s idea that the solution to high gas prices is more drilling. “Instead of cracking down on oil companies like Exxon Mobil, whose quarterly profits amounted to eight billion dollars during a time when the vast majority of families in District 2 struggle to make ends meet, my opponent is busy raking in PAC money from the oil industry and allowing these companies to profit off the backs of hard-working people like you and me.”

Binderim stated that it is time to eliminate the loopholes that allow oil companies to profit in the billions, while providing no relief to consumers. “We can no longer sit idle and allow oil companies and their Congressional lackeys to hold the American people hostage. It is time for them to pay up, or transfer their savings to us. They sure aren't investing much.”

According to Binderim, it is time for representation from someone that will fight for families first, and not someone beholden to wealthy interests that benefit few people in District 2. “Enough is enough. My only special interest is the people of District 2.”

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Binderim Responds to Anti-Troop Vote

For Immediate Release

Gary Binderim, 281-770-0413
Stace Medellin, 281-361-5808

After the United States Senate voted to divert funding for the war in Iraq to so-called “border security” expenses, Gary Binderim, candidate for Congress District 2 called the measure “a vote against our troops.”

The Senate voted against needed equipment needed by our soldiers in Iraq, including body armor and training to defeat improvised explosive devices, according to Binderim. “The Senate Republicans voted to place our troops further in danger where they are currently deployed in order to play wedge politics with the immigration issue,” said Binderim.

“There is no doubt that we must increase border security, but there is a big difference between the danger our troops face in a war zone and a border that attracts unarmed people coming to the U.S. to work,” said Binderim, adding, “There’s a big difference between IED’s exploding beneath our troop vehicles in Iraq and unarmed people that want to work and contribute to our country—I will always vote for our troops.”

He added: “If you want to bring our troops home quickly and intact, send them the equipment they need—what should have been done in the first place. If you want immigration reform, then do it humanely and comprehensively.”

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Press Statement on DeLay Resignation

Democrat for Congress

Gary Binderim at 281-770-0413

Kingwood, TX- Gary Binderim, candidate for Texas Congressional District 2, releases this statement in reaction to the resignation of Tom DeLay from Congress:
According to the Beaumont Enterprise, Poe expressed surprise: "I was surprised by the news of his withdraw from the race and decision to leave Congress. " said Poe.

"Who's going to tell Ted Poe how to vote now? He voted with Tom DeLay 92% of the time and even voted to protect DeLay from House Ethics Rules. Ted Poe is a part of DeLay's 'culture of corruption' and we need corruption-free representation in District 2"

“But this also goes beyond the corruption of Tom DeLay and his buddies,” said Binderim, “voters must question the Poe-DeLay agenda of ‘government for the wealthy’ and ask if District 2 is truly being represented effectively. I’m running to give the voters of District 2 a choice between responsible, ethical government and the members-only politics of Poe and DeLay.”

Binderim Campaign Update

Democrat for Congress

Greetings! Thanks to all of you for your continued support and for working hard toward that Democratic victory in November.

That's right! It has been announced that Tom DeLay is dropping out of Congress, which makes me ask: Who's going to tell Ted Poe how to vote? After voting with Tom DeLay 92% of the time, and even voting to protect DeLay from House ethics rules that protect our government from political corruption, what is Ted Poe to do without his boss? On whose orders will Poe march now? Certainly, he will not have the interests of District 2 in mind, as always.

District 2 is ready for a change in representation toward one that is in tune to the values of the hard-working people of this district. I intend to be the representative that will fight for you in DC.

We have a Democratic Primary Run-Off in progress. Early voting began on Monday, April 3 and will last thru Friday, April 7. Run-Off election day is on April 11th. We already know that those of you who receive this message usually vote, but as our Party's strength, we also need you to Get Out The Vote. Along with some local races in some areas of the district, we also have two major races on the ballot to choose our Democratic candidates for United States Senate and Texas Lt. Governor.

While we have two good Democrats (
Maria Luisa Alvarado and Ben Grant) in the running for Lt. Governor, there is only one proven Democrat, and some say the only real candidate, in the run-off for US Senate and that is Barbara Radnofsky. I urge you to support and vote for Barbara Radnofsky, our next United States Senator.

Our campaign continues to gain ground. We have begun our press campaign, which includes attempting to gain coverage in area newspapers and other media outlets in order to reach beyond the Democratic base. Of course, the area progressive bloggers have been a great help at getting the word out to activists and voters in the district. We continue to visit Democratic and other organizations and will begin visiting Labor groups around the district very soon. Most importantly, we will engage our Democratic precinct chairs throughout the district to begin a grassroots campaign that will not only help this campaign, but every single Democrat on the ballot. But it will take a lot more than just hard work from all of us.

While we intend to run a grassroots campaign, it takes all kinds of supplies, including bumper stickers, push cards, yard signs, gasoline to travel the district from end-to-end, office supplies, and more. While we expect Ted Poe to tap into every special and corporate interest around, we intend to win this race with your help--and without the price tag that Poe displays so prominently. We need your help. Please contribute today!

Please contribute what you can--even small donations add up and make a difference in this campaign. You may mail your contributions payable to the Gary Binderim Campaign to: Jenni Strader, Treasurer, 3011 Brook Shore Court, Kingwood, TX 77345.

You may also contribute online by simply clicking here:

Thanks again for your support. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.

Democratically Yours,

Gary Binderim
Democrat for Congress

Saturday, April 01, 2006

A great day at Good Oil Days...

Gary Binderim was out at Good Oil Days in Humble today, where he met hundreds of voters and passed out campaign literature. According to Gary, he received a very good reception and made a lot of good contacts.

Throughout the following few weeks, the media campaign begins. We expect numerous newspapers throughout District 2 to become balanced in their coverage of the District 2 race.