- Text of Ricky Gill’s speech
My name is Ricky Gill, and I am humbled to stand before you today as a Republican nominee for Congress — and a proud son of California’s San Joaquin Valley.
My parents immigrated to the Valley from India and Africa with only their love for each other, a strong work ethic, and the enduring desire to pursue their American Dream.
We all work hard in the Valley, and we’re proud to live there. But today we face crippling unemployment and foreclosures — even the bankruptcy of Stockton, our largest city. Young people leave or drop out of school to help their families make ends meet. Our friends and neighbors are suffering.
But the Valley is a cautionary tale of failed policies, not false ambitions. No one in this country dreams of dependency; no one hopes for mediocrity. We are ready again to seize the measure of our ambitions — not because the government says we can, but because we believe we can.
We need a new generation of leadership to chart the path — to fight for policies that create jobs, rather than red tape — and to help small businesses succeed, rather than helping green energy companies fail.
Like you, we Valley folks are tough, independent, and faithful — and we are ready to rebuild our American dream.
Thank you, and God Bless America.
Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:01 pm
Updated: 6:08 am, Wed Aug 29, 2012.
Lodi congressional candidate Ricky Gill focused on living in San Joaquin County and the high unemployment rate during his remarks before the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.
Gill, 25, also told a national TV audience on C-SPAN that his parents are immigrants from India and Africa who came to the United States to pursue the American Dream.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:01 pm.
Updated: 6:08 am.