Written by David Shivers
A week after an appearance by Congressman Sanford Bishop, the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County greeted one of his potential opponents in the November General Election.
Rick Allen, owner of a successful medical supply company in Columbus, is vying with Ken DeLoach and John House in the July Republican primary for the nomination to challenge Bishop in November. Allen spoke to the Kiwanis club on June 18.
Running on a platform of “Limited Government, Unlimited Prosperity,” Allen described himself as a “constitutional conservative” who believes “if you have an idea and have the incentive, through hard work you can achieve the American dream.” As illustration, he described the early beginnings of his company in the late 1970s, when he worked with his father to promote and sell the then-new concept of generic drugs and handling territory that included Georgia, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. He recalled at one point sitting on the floor of a cheap hotel in Birmingham eating tuna fish out of a can. When his father was injured in a car accident, the son had to step into an even bigger role.
“Things were tough,” Allen related, but he persevered and today his company is very successful.
“”Regulations,” Allen stated, “have created all kinds of problems for all kinds of companies all across America.” There are too many regulations and taxes are too high, “and now they’re trying to push Obamacare down our throats.”
“It’s completely out of control,” he continued, and if elected “I will fight to stop spending and reduce the deficit.”
Allen also believes U.S. business money being spent overseas needs to be “repatriated,” or brought back home. His three primary objectives are lowering taxes, decreasing business regulation, and defeating Obamacare.
Allen said he is a strong proponent of school choice, including private and charter schools and voucher programs.
“We need competition and choice” to improve the educational system in the country, he said.
Regarding the U.S. Constitution, he said, “The U.S. Constitution is a Judeo-Christian document and should be looked at in those terms.”
If sent to Washington by the voters of the Second District, Allen pledged he will be “anti-establishment,” citing his belief that part of the current problem is both the Democratic and Republican establishments.
Allen said he is often asked “What would you do in Washington?” His answer: “A lot of what I would be doing is saying no.”
In response to a question about reducing the national debt by putting Congressional legislators on Social Security and Medicare like regular citizens, Allen said he would not have a problem with that.
Second District Republican Congressional Candidate Rick Allen is greeted by Dougherty Kiwanian Scott Brown after the June 18 club program.