Monday, May 24, 2010

Tim Crawford Changes Mind...Stays in 5th District Race

By Jon E. Easter

Tim Crawford sent out a personal and heartfelt e-mail this morning to bloggers and media regarding his run for Congress in the 5th District. It certainly puts a human face on someone we didn't know all that well so far. Here is the letter, unedited.


To whom it may concern,
My name is Tim Crawford. I am a 28 year old conservative American running for the United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s 5th district. I am writing this letter to provide voters and the media with knowledge, explaining what happened from my point of view. This is a chance for people to get to know me and make judgment righteously.

On May 22nd, 2010, I attended a meeting at the Fishers Public Library with the Hamilton County Democratic Women. I will be honest in saying I was not prepared. My mishap, in turn, has offered me a valuable and humbling lesson. I have taken some time to step back from the situation that arose, thinking about it with calmness and logic. This group of women invited me to their gathering to meet me. Eventually things got out of control, forming into a one sided show for disapproval of me.

After being bombarded by disagreeing group interjections, I was flustered and felt bullied. This led me to make an irrational and provoked response that I was dropping out of the race. I believe this was their agenda all along. Due to the situation, and my personal circumstances, my emotions had been building for a while and got the best of me on that day. After talking to friends, family and supporters, I am not dropping out of the race. This group did not support me personally or befriend me until I told them I would step aside. Why should I let their will and influence override my dream for our country? As I grow, while continuing to learn politically and personally, I must follow this candidacy through. I left college without a degree and it is more important to me to finish what I have currently started. I will not give up on the fight for a fair and noble existence. I am taking a strong stance against quitting and I pray this stand will not be in vain. We all need to be reminded that politicians are only human, mistakes will happen, and no one is perfect. I want the people who agree and disagree with me, to go through this campaign learning that the grass is not greener on this side. Then people might think before they bash, allow truths to prevail, and eventually bring media spin to a screeching halt. We have to start working together to achieve common goals, without breaking the vows of the United States Constitution, and stand up for the principle ideas the founding fathers have set before us.

First, I am hesitantly bringing a very personal fact to light. I hope it explains my recent lack of preparation and concentration, as well my emotional actions.

Recently, my mother was diagnosed in the final stages of pancreatic cancer. This cancer is usually found in its advance stages, often inoperable, and spreads, as it has in her case. Pancreatic cancer is terminal, painful, and she could have less than a year to live. During the downturn of the economy, in July 2008, I moved in with her after being let go from my job. I currently live with her now and I have become her caregiver. In the recent weeks, I have been driving her daily to radiation treatments at the IU Medical Center, helping her pick up prescriptions, and handling miscellaneous tasks such as grocery shopping, cooking, etc. I thank God we have family and friends that have also stepped in to assist in comforting an amazing women, and a great, loving mother.

She has both good and bad days that fill our daily routine. The Saturday morning of the meeting, she was having one of her bad days. While hovered over the sink vomiting and in pain, she stated she’d be fine and encouraged me to go to the meeting. My departing vision and emotional state, as I walked out the door that day, was obviously focused on my mother’s well-being.

There have been few moments of joy for my mom since our family has received news of this diagnosis. One was watching me win the democratic primary in early May. Another was finding out that my brother Jacob and his wife Megan are expecting a child in November. Lord willing, I hope my mother lives long enough to see her first grandchild and hopefully, me winning a position in Washington. I am asking everyone to pray for my mother. She and I both believe in miracles.

Mothers are typically the biggest supporter of their children. In this case, it is so. She is the first person I talked to about the scenario that happened at the HCDW meeting. The first thing she said was, “You can’t quit!” “Quitting is giving up on the people who voted for you, support you, and believe as you do.” And I totally agree.

My personal situation was something I originally did not want to bring into the mix of this election. I am not telling the public about my mother’s illness so I can achieve or obtain voters through sympathy. I find it to be unfair to the opposition. I just want people to understand my predicament. I am not a pity party person and I strive not to live a woe is me lifestyle. I want to run a clean campaign where the voters decide based upon character, intent, and beliefs. I want to be as bipartisan as I can be without jeopardizing morals and our American fundamentals.

Next, I would like to address the people I met at the Hamilton County Democratic Women meeting. I hope you can find forgiveness. I am setting aside ego and apologizing for going against what I told you. It was something I should have never said, and I hope we can all learn from this. I feel that dropping out of the race would be turning my back on the people who do support me and may support me in the future. Quitting is not the noble thing to do. I will take your advice and learn more of what your group stands for. Either common bonds will be found or evidences that point to the latter will be offered. Expect an update to the website soon. We may not always agree, but I wish you would continue your involvement and keep searching for the truth as well.

Everyone should keep in mind that there are times when people can get set in their ways. We must focus on the repercussions of our actions, as I have learned through this experience. As I try to keep an open mind, I implore others from all parties to do so as well. My ongoing mission will be to diligently investigate and gain all the knowledge I can. My duty is to prepare for this position and seek the best possible solutions for this nation’s recovery.

As an ex-republican, in order to voice the possibility of compromise, I am running under the democratic ticket to serve as a medium between parties. This is supposed to be the position of the President, Vice President and the Speaker of the House. I feel they, as well as many of our current elected officials, have failed in this task. The best way to battle failures in government is to keep the tree of liberty refreshed. A new generation of politicians needs to be voted into office now, and from time to time. This should help correct errors and overturn any wrongs that have been set before us.

I hope God’s grace is with us all, as we move forward as a nation, and in our individual lives. I thank you for your time.

Tim Crawford


Marycatherine Barton said...

Live and learn, Tim, and give this campaign all you have got. Above all, give Burton hell. We want all the incumbents to be sent home.

Krieg4Recorder said...

I think taking care of your mother is more important then running for office.

Krieg4Recorder said...

I think Crawford should withdraw from the race and take care of his ill mother.

P.S. Barta said...

Mr. Crawford, if you think you were bullied Saturday, you have no clue about what it will be like to go to Washington, D.C. I was there. I was a questioner at the meeting, which is on videotape. You weren't prepared, couldn't agree with even one Obama (whom you say you support and like) or Democratic policy position, admitted you are a Tea Party supporter, thought the US House of Rep. meets 9a-6p with some overtime (a little more demanding than that), showed no interest in representing all constituents in the District only your own beliefs and values, and actually bashed the Democratic Party to a group of Democratic women and men as their guest at their meeting. Your solution for the economic problems is to bailout the states, though you are against bailouts, by taking away money from the US Department of Education, a major funder of education in the states, to give to the states for other purposes.
Your continued campaign will only give the Republicans two candidates in the upcoming race, breaking any sense of a two party system. You do not have the emotional maturity (remember when it got tough, you started to walk out) right now, or are emotionally stressed, and I question why I would send you to represent me on a national and international stage?
Certainly, you are distracted right now -- unemployed, family issues -- but do you honestly think your small campaign funds will allow you to successfully run against the backlash from the disenfranchised Democrats in the District and also the Burton machine?
The meeting was filmed, so I imagine it will be on YouTube soon. I doubt if this tape will go away. How many more filmed and recorded promises will you 'change you mind' on and how will any voter trust your opinion or "promise"?
Please resign now so the District caucus can put someone who will have the support, experience, and stability to really challenge Mr. Burton. It is clear from the other comment, and how many challengers he had on the Republican Primary ballot, many would like to see him honestly challenged this year.
PS-you keep invoking your sick mother as your excuse or bid for sympathy, yet follow up with statement you are not seeking sympathy or empathy. Obviously a lie since you do this so often, and a window into your real character perhaps.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else see this as an opportunity? I don't know why moderate democrats can't field an independent and let Crawford and Burton split the conservative vote. We need Nasser Hanna back - desperately.

Anonymous said...

This guy is the best we could do against Burton? Of course we selected Bobby Kern in the primary a few years ago so I shouldn't be surprised. When is the democratic party going to get serious about the 5th district?

Krieg4Recorder said...

I would like to see the video!

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 2:34, Indiana has a "sore loser" law. Since Hanna lost the primary, he's barred from running as an independent.

P.S. Barta, I agree with most of what you're saying although I would point out the Department of Education is NOT a major funder of education. 93% of the money on K-12 is raised at the state and local level. The feds share is generally only 7%.

I know how time-consuming running for office is and I've never ran for Congress. This young man needs to be tending to his mother and looking for a job, not running fo rCongress.

Lawyer said...

Hey, the voters in the 5th elected Dan Burton so we should be surprised that they elected Crawford?

Crawford and Burton are cut from the same cloth. Maybe the confusion that apparently falls over the voters in the 5th on election day will continue and Crawford might actually beat Burton. Now wouldn't that be something?!?

Anonymous said...

A Facebook page asking Crawford to withdraw was started a couple of days ago. Please consider joining as well as send an email to Crawford asking him to withdraw.



Anonymous said...

I don't know... I'm kind of a fan of representative government; really don't agree with PCs picking the candidate for me.

P.S. Barta said...

The Hamilton County Democratic Women have not posted the video to YouTube; Their site:

P.S. Barta said...

The YouTube video of the May 22 Women's meeting is now posted: