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Congressional candidate John McDonald speaks to Lodi Republican Women

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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:10 am, Fri Jan 20, 2012.

Republican congressional candidate John McDonald touted his experience in three start-up businesses and his desire to bring normalcy to the economy during an address to the Lodi Republican Women.

McDonald, 43, said on Wednesday that he has the hands-on experience that GOP opponent Ricky Gill lacks at the age of 24.

“He is a young kid,” McDonald said of Gill. “From what I can tell, he’s a nice kid, but he’s never held a job. Congress is not an entry-level job.”

In a phone interview on Thursday, Gill spokesman Colin Hunter said that Gill has been a director in his parents’ business for more than five years. That includes farming and ownership of the Flag City RV Resort near Interstate 5.

“That’s a small business that employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley,” Hunter said. “Ricky has, in fact, held a job, and it’s a job that has created a lot of benefits in this community.”

McDonald and Gill are also running against three-term Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the newly created 9th Congressional District, which includes Lodi and Galt. They will be on the June primary ballot.

Speaking at the Lodi Republican Women’s monthly luncheon at the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club, McDonald touched on numerous topics ranging from the economy, keeping jobs in America and family values.

McDonald emphasized the need for each household with a child to have a father figure living there. Boys especially need a father as well as a mother to guide them, he said. If there is no father in the house, mothers should seek help for their children in making sure there is a male teacher, coach, Scout leader or member of the clergy to guide the children in their lives, McDonald said.

Issues in the home are as important as the political and economic issues in Washington, D.C., he added.

Asked by a reporter after his remarks to the Lodi Republican Women if he means that unhappy couples should avoid divorce, McDonald said, “I’m encouraging them to find a church to find the answers to staying together.”

Congress has no authority to mandate fathers staying in the home, but McDonald advocates using the “bully pulpit” of a congressman to raise these issues.

McDonald suggested a tax credit to encourage families to stay together.

Other issues McDonald addressed:

  • Spending more federal money than revenue.
  • Enforcing the laws already in effect rather than creating new laws.
  • Return to the venture capital system to encourage companies to remain in the United States.
  • The need for government to stop governing through fear of pollution, radiation or other concerns.
  • Environmentalists blocking the creation of new power plants. He blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to deny a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline due to environmental concerns.

Calling Obama’s decision “mindless stupidity,” McDonald said, “I’m not worried about Canada invading the United States or threatening economic sanctions.”

Instead, McDonald said, America will have to continue to purchase oil from countries that dislike the United States.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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