HAWAII STATE REPRESENTATIVE BOB MCDERMOTT ENDORSES SENATOR TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT
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News Release from Ted Cruz Hawaii February 22, 2016
HONOLULU, Hawaii - West Oahu Republican state lawmaker Bob McDermott today endorsed presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
Representative McDermott, Hawaii State House District 40 (Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) proclaimed: "I am honored to be onboard with a man of decency, class, principle, and courage. Go get em, Ted!"
Since being elected to the House in 2012, McDermott has become known for his courageous leadership to protect traditional marriage, ensure religious freedom, and end the state's highly controversial "Pono Choices" sex education curriculum.
"Watching Ted Cruz lead many of the same battles at the national level in the face of unrelenting opposition made my endorsing him for president an easy decision," adds McDermott. "I know we can put our trust in Ted Cruz to relentlessly defend the constitution, defend the family and defend our country."
In addition to serving on the Judiciary and the Consumer Protection & Commerce committees, Rep. McDermott also leads the Ohana Policy Group which researches and advocates pro-family policy solutions.
"I strongly encourage Republicans across the state to cast their ballots on March 8th for Ted Cruz," says McDermott. "He has been a fighter for our values in the U.S. Senate and he can be trusted to lead the restoration of our country's greatness."
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF REP. BOB MCDERMOTT
Representative Bob McDermott was a Marine Officer who served in Gulf War 1. He has been married for 25 years and is the father of eight children. He holds an MBA degree from Chaminade University and served for many years as executive director for the Navy League. Representative McDermott has served three terms in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. Representative McDermott is a devoted family man and active member of his church.
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DICK ROWLAND, LIBERTY ADVOCATE AND FOUNDER OF HAWAII'S INFLUENTIAL GRASSROOT INSTITUTE, ENDORSES TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT
From Ted Cruz Hawaii February 23, 2016
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Today, Hawaii's noted liberty advocate Richard O. Rowland announced his full support for Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and officially joined the Liberty Leaders for Cruz coalition in Hawaii.
Rowland, the highly regarded founder and past president of the influential Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, commented: "Of all the Republican presidential candidates, Ted Cruz is the genuine constitutionalist who sincerely wants smaller, more effective, and more responsive government. He is dedicated to the values and principles in policy that make The American Dream possible."
The endorsement of Senator Cruz, with Rowland's unquestioned leadership, is a big plus for the Cruz campaign. Rowland has spent decades educating isle residents about individual liberty, the free market and limited government.
Rowland, whose liberty credentials include founding the influential Hawaii Weekly Meeting "Calabash" and his previous service as chairman of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii, explained: "There's more to politics than just left and right. You're either going north toward individual liberty and the vision of the founders of the United States as enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, or you're going south toward the vision of statism, in which the state gets bigger and bigger and bigger. I've studied the men and women running for the presidency. Ted Cruz opposes statism more than the rest. He wants every American to be able to move up in life by having unhindered access to pursue happiness and prosperity."
The Ted Cruz campaign in Hawaii is focused on helping to secure the Republican nomination for Senator Cruz -- winning the Hawaii GOP's presidential caucus to be held on Tuesday, March 8th.
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BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF DICK ROWLAND
Richard O. Rowland, a graduate of Texas A&M University (BS) and Columbia University (MA) came to Hawaii in 1971 as an officer at the US Army Pacific Command. He retired as a Colonel in 1975. He was a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual for 26 years during which he was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table which is the premier Association of Financial Professionals, former President of the Hawaii Society of Chartered Life Underwriters, twice candidate for the U.S. Senate and once for the Honolulu City Council, a former director of Small Business Hawai, and the 1997 SBH Small Business Person of the Year.
In 2000 he co-founded the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation engaging in issues research and education of voters and political representatives. The mission of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is to promote individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government.
Mr. Rowland is married to Marie with three grown children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.*Titles and affiliations are provided for identification purposes only.