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October 16, 2014

Maness Proposes Positive Steps to Address Ebola Health Crisis

MADISONVILLE, LA - Conservative Louisiana U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness today blasted the federal government's response to the growing Ebola health crisis and called on Congress to return to Washington and address the crisis before it gets any worse.

"The fundamental job of government is to protect its people, yet our representatives are not fulfilling their number-one, Constitutional priority, which is to protect Americans. Unless they do the job they've been sent to do, more lives will be put at risk, and fear will turn into panic."

Maness outlined immediate steps that the Obama Administration and Congress should take to gain operational control of this health crisis:

  1. Impose a Flight Ban from Countries with an Ebola Outbreak - Former Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals, former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and now Governor Bobby Jindal was one of the first to call for a travel ban from all countries with an Ebola outbreak, and he is right.
  2. Establish Screening at All United States' Points of Entry -- Air, Ground, and Sea - Ebola is a matter of national security, and screening at all points of entry is a necessary part of a response equal to the magnitude of this threat. 
  3. Provide Doctors, Nurses, and Lab Personnel Proper Protective Equipment and Procedures - We must equip Americans who are addressing the Ebola health crisis with the equipment and procedures needed to keep them safe and prevent further spread of this terrible disease, like those available at Emory University Hospital and other special isolation units. 

Reacting to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's response and attitude toward this crisis, Maness said, "The Center for Disease Control is broken and overconfident in their readiness to treat this Ebola and in their knowledge of the disease," Maness said. "The CDC needs an attitude readjustment if it has any hope of getting ahead of the spread of the outbreak. It should immediately stop telling Americans we don't need protections and start providing them. Most of all, CDC needs to be flexible enough to say it doesn't know something, so it can protect us against the unknown, which is Ebola." 

Maness also addressed the military deployment of 4,000 American troops into Ebola outbreak areas, contradicting the claim that these troops will not be in hot zones, "They most definitely will be in hot zones; saying they won't is wishful thinking or dishonest. President Obama has not provided objectives, defined success, or laid out an exit strategy. The lack of leadership is stunning." 

Maness also offered advice to his fellow Americans across Louisiana and the country, "Please pray for those being affected by Ebola, for our representatives to lead us toward a proper response to this danger, and for God's protection for our country."

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MADISONVILLE, LA - Maness for Senate today announced that conservative leader and top vote-getter in the Mississippi US Senate Primary race Senator Chris McDaniel has endorsed conservative Rob Maness for US Senate in neighboring Louisiana.

"We've watched Louisiana's campaign closely on the air and on the ground from next door here in Mississippi. It's clear Col. Maness has the momentum. The fight against the broken status-quo that we started in Mississippi has continued in Louisiana through Col. Maness's campaign against Washington politicians Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy," said McDaniel.  

"What impresses me about Rob and honestly disappoints me about the other candidates is the fact that Rob has the courage to put himself out there and have a real and robust conversation with the voters, offering positive solutions.  Instead of hiding and ducking debates, Rob is eager to invest his time and focus to participate in these meaningful opportunities to share with the people of Louisiana what he stands for and what he wants to change in Washington.  Is it possible Louisiana voters would be willing to accept anything less than a Senator who has the courage and fortitude to show-up and face them?"

 

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"Few know more about taking on the Washington establishment than Chris McDaniel and I couldn't be more proud to have the support of someone who has fought so hard to bring the voice of conservatives to the forefront of the national conversation," said Maness.  

"Chris McDaniel embodies the two-of-them vs. one-of-us campaign we are running that puts the voters first, ahead of the negative political tactics that pollute our airwaves.  Every day, Senator Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy are on TV telling us why the other person is so terrible, I want to be the candidate that earns the support and respect of Louisiana's voters by telling them what I'm for and what I'll do for them."

McDaniel will lend fundraising and operational support and campaign with Col. Maness in Louisiana in the coming weeks including tailgating together at the LSU/Ole Miss game on October 25th

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October 14, 2014

Rob Maness: A veteran hoping voters give his grassroots Senate bid a chance

By: Cole Avery

Rob Maness' truck needs a new windshield. It has seen its share of rocks during the 80,000 mile journey Maness has taken throughout every parish in Louisiana to introduce himself to voters.

Like his beleaguered windshield, Maness has taken his licks, too. He's peppered with constant claims -- mostly from those within his own Republican Party -- that he can't win. He's a spoiler that could hand Sen. Mary Landrieu her fourth term in office, or force both parties to spend millions of dollars in a run-off between Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Quitting isn't something Maness, a retired Air Force colonel, believes in. Besides, conceding to the, as he describes them, "creatures of Washington" isn't a message he'd ever send to the everyman voters anxious for change in the political culture.

"I'm just a regular person that is worried about an America that my grandson and other people's grandchildren are going to inherit. I speak for thousands of people across the United States," Maness said.

Maness is the most conservative of the three major candidates. He is pro-life, a Southern Baptist, hates the Affordable Care Act, and is opposed to amnesty in all its forms for illegal aliens.

A former combat pilot, Maness frequently works his 32-year military career into his stump speeches. He's flown bombing missions over Iraq and was in the Pentagon during the September 11 attack. Maness moved up the chain from an enlisted man to colonel, a career that symbolizes his American dream.

"What America is all about is you can come from anywhere and succeed at anything. That's what I learned in the military," Maness said.

He's also got five college degrees, which include Master's degrees from Harvard, the U.S. College of Naval Warfare and the Air Command and Staff College.

This is his first run for office, though, he hasn't shied away from taking on Landrieu in debates and forums.

Maness said his beliefs are rooted in his family's background. His parents had a combined 21 siblings. He and his wife, Candy, have five children and two grandchildren. Maness likes to say he's running for his 2-year-old grandson Kellan, who Maness fears might grow up in an America that has strayed from its foundation built upon the Constitution.

That strict interpretation of the Constitution attracted support from the Tea Party and national political figures like Sarah Palin, who compared Maness to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Palin said during a campaign stop in Louisiana that she supports Maness because she knows his "heart and soul" is in Louisiana.

"I support candidates who might not be at the top of the polls, but I recognize in them they are good people," Palin said. "Many of these people across the nation understand we need now more than ever fighters in Washington for our nation."

The Maness campaign has gotten almost all of its traction from grassroots efforts, a sign that windshield of his wasn't cracked in vain. Whether he's knocking on doors or hosting some 50 town halls, speaking directly with voters is Maness' preferred campaign method.

Grassroots campaigning is really his only option. Maness doesn't have anywhere near the millions of dollars at Landrieu and Cassidy's disposal. Even if he did, he claims he wouldn't change the way he's run his race to join the "silly slap fight" the other two candidates are having out over the airwaves.

Maness doesn't have the professional campaign operatives flown in from Washington that the other two have, either. However, his dedicated "Team Maness army" always dons bright yellow campaign shirts to support him at whatever campaign stop he makes.

"What won the American Revolution was a volunteer army, and that's what's going to win for us," Maness said.

His volunteer army is passionate about Maness and his beliefs. He usually speaks to them wearing a Columbia fishing shirt and jeans. His answers are straight-forward and honest, devoid of spin and nuance. Maness said he tries to shoot straight with voters because he's asking for their "most precious right: their vote."

The volunteers often raise objections about how their Republican Party put its full weight behind Cassidy. While defeating Landrieu might be at the top of the wish list, the Maness supporters are more inspired by the candidate than the fact he's Republican.

"I don't feel like I've got to pick between the lesser of two evils. I have a guy I'm passionate about," said Bradley Gulotta, a Team Maness volunteer.

Maness said he's less about party and more about people, a position that's illustrated by his support for the Redeem Act, which was authored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey. Maness recently toured Angola State Penitentiary to learn about inmate rehabilitation.

Angola has some of the most progressive rehabilitation programs in the nation for non-violent offenders. Maness visited a class where a group of about 20 inmates learned about air conditioners so they can get jobs when their sentences are up. It's a program near to Maness' believes that anyone can succeed with hard work and personal responsibility.

"We have the highest incarceration rate in the United States, and we need to break that cycle of incarceration," Maness said. "The way to do that is to forgive minor non-violent offense more productive member of society, not caught in cycle of jail and violence."

Maness is hoping to put a few more miles on his truck by somehow overtaking Cassidy to make the run-off. It's an uphill climb but it's one he believes he can make if more people look at him as a viable alternative to Landrieu, rather than a spoiler for Cassidy.

"Louisianans have a choice. The choice is the same by going with the R or the D, a congressman and a senator that are creatures of Washington," Maness said. "Or, you can vote for real Louisiana-style change.

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