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Trauner Announces Bid for Wyoming’s At-Large House Seat

Gary Trauner, a Wilson businessman who lost a squeaker of a race last year against Representative Barbara Cubin, R-Wyoming, announced Monday he was going to run again for Wyoming’s at-large seat in the House of Representatives.

Trauner lost last year’s race by a mere 1,012 votes. He distinguished himself through his approach to campaigning, going door-to-door across Wyoming to 15,000 homes — a style that was in marked contrast to Cubin’s campaign style. Cubin once famously said she’d “rather eat roadkill” than go door-to-door.

At his announcement today in Casper, Trauner said he’d been mulling over whether he should run again as the Democratic candidate when a recent incident pushed him into running again.

“I had gone to the grocery store when I heard my name called,” Trauner said. A gentleman having coffee in the grocery store pointed to a newspaper and asked Trauner if he’d read about the growing controversy over expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which Congress had approved, President Bush had vetoed and had that veto sustained by a Republican minority.

Trauner said the gentleman having coffee was upset with the partisan politics, and said “I’ve been a Republican all my life, but don’t we deserve something better?”

Trauner, after long discussions with his wife, decided the answer was “Yes.”

“I’m running again for the same reasons I ran before,” Trauner said. Critical issues like health, energy and immigration haven’t advanced in the past year, he said. “Wyoming deserves better.”

He emphasized the need to encourage small business, responsible development of energy while protecting Wyoming’s special places, and a desire for both better and smaller government.

Why announce now, more than a year before the 2008 November election?

Trauner said he and his wife had recently reached the decision he should run again, and simply figured the rest of Wyoming should know too. He deferred answering how much money he’s raised for the 2008 campaign, saying it would be filed on the Federal Election Commission web site Monday evening.

“Money is simply a tool to get your message out,” he said, but noted he’s been receiving contributions without asking.

Last year, Trauner was very competitive with Cubin on raising money for his campaign.

Asked if he would run a campaign any differently than last year, Trauner said, “you live and learn during a campaign. I guess my goal would be to meet more Wyoming people.”

He pointed to new, black cowboy boots he was wearing and grinned, “I wore my last pair out.”

In the last race, the Cubin campaign made an issue out of Trauner being from New York. In response to that Monday, Trauner noted that he still won about half of the state’s vote. “When people talk about that, they can’t talk about anything else,” he said, noting that Wyoming’s congressional delegation doesn’t have anyone who was born in Wyoming.

“My kids were born here,” he added, saying that was a primary reason he’s running for office again.

On energy, Trauner noted a recent conference in Jackson that pointed at the need for balanced energy development that protects the environment.

“I think Wyoming should be a national and world leader,” Trauner said, adding that the leadership should not only be with natural gas, oil and coal, but with alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and switch grass.

On Iraq, Trauner said: “I think we need common sense and recognize we’re in a tough place with no easy answers,” he said.

Asked if his campaign would “go negative” as the Cubin campaign was toward him last year, Trauner said there’s a difference between going negative and “holding officials accountable for what they’ve done and haven’t done.”

That being said, Trauner noted that if the only way he could win was with a negative campaign, “it wouldn’t be worth it.”

Trauner said he has no control over whether Cubin runs again, or who he’ll face in the general election next year.

Cubin was first elected to Congress in 1994, and is now serving her seventh two-year term.
 While Cubin hasn’t officially announced her plans for next year, she has said she intends to seek another term.

She faces a primary challenge from Swede Nelson of Cheyenne and Kenn Gilchrist of Casper. State Representative Colin Simpson has also indicated he might challenge her for the House seat.

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  1. It’s exciting to see quality people from both parties stepping up to the challenge. Bravo to Mr. Trauner and his family for taking up the quest.

  2. Isn’t Gilchrist running as an independent?

  3. Barbara is planning to run again???? I think she is a closet Democrat if she does that, and is trying to keep a good congressman from getting the post. Shame on you Barbara, if you cared for our state you would allow someone else a leg up by resigning now.

  4. If Trauner is for expanding State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that would give health insurance to 25 year old “children ?”, he is the wrong guy for Wyoming.

    Trauner says critical issues like health, energy and immigration haven’t advanced in the past year, he said. “Wyoming deserves better.”

    Immigration last year was a perfect stalemate because “comprehensive’ was going to shove 12 million illegal aliens down our throat in an amnesty scheme. Xenophobia you say, well my grandfather was Mexican from Warez.

    SSI and Medicare are already breaking the bank and democrats want to buy our vote by giving us stuff more “free stuff”. I don’t want or need any because collectively we cant afford it, monetarily of socially. Which reminds me of a little story.

    Once upon a time, on a farm in Texas, there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered quite a few grains of wheat. She called all of her neighbors together and said, “If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?”

    “Not I,” said the cow.

    “Not I,” said the duck.

    “Not I,” said the pig.

    “Not I,” said the goose.

    “Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain.

    “Who will help me reap my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

    “Not I,” said the duck.

    “Out of my classification,” said the pig.

    “I’d lose my seniority,” said the cow.

    “I’d lose my unemployment compensation,” said the goose.

    “Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen, and so she did. At last it came time to bake the bread.

    “Who will help me bake the bread?” asked the little red hen.

    “That would be overtime for me,” said the cow.

    “I’d lose my welfare benefits,” said the duck.

    “I’m a dropout and never learned how,” said the pig.

    “If I’m to be the only helper, that’s discrimination,” said the goose.

    “Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen.

    She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, “No, I shall eat all five loaves.”

    “Excess profits!” cried the cow

    “Capitalist leech!” screamed the duck

    “I demand equal rights!” yelled the goose.

    The pig just grunted in disdain.

    And they all painted “Unfair!” picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

    Then a government agent came. He said to the little red hen, “You must not be so greedy.”

    “But I earned the bread,” said the little red hen.

    “Exactly,” said the agent. “That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.”

    And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, “I am grateful, for now I truly understand.”

    But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread, because she joined the “party” and got her bread free. And all the Democrats smiled. ‘Fairness’ had been established. Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared … so long as there was free bread that “the rich” were paying for.

  5. Wars end, social programs end with the socialism that spawned them. Yes we get closer to socialism with every session of congress.

    I grew up on welfare and 3 of 5 of the siblings in my family have a third generation on handouts. It took me into my twenties until I realized that health care was a service, not a birthright, and it was worth getting into my pocket to pay for.

    Yes, help those that can’t help themselves, but don’t teach dependency to those who have the ability to fend for themselves, it is a bad lesson. It is also bad economics.

  6. Daryl, I jsut wish everyone could understand the truthful basis behind your poem. Why does anyone think that people will continue to work and produce if it is going to be taken away and give to those who just do not feel like getting out of bed and going to work, or don’t like the people they work with, or the miriad other reasons they give for taking it easy? Am I the only one who has noticed that service in stores is getting worse by the day? As the older population like me have retired or died off, and young folks are taking our places, they talk on the phone or just plain ignore customers. Businesses have problem with them not showing up, etc. Why because they know the government will take care of them.
    I grew up on a small family ranch, and had to help with chores and housework etc from the time I was old enough to take on some responsibility.
    What this country really needs is a sense of personal responsibility, not more being taken care of.

  7. The topic under consideration is about kids Daryl & Marion, you twin snow jobbers.

    Why are you trying to argue by changing the subject?

    Your arguments are directed at adults when the subject is expanding a social program for kids. That is a classic fallacy of reasoning, which means all your arguments so far presented are irrelevant.

    Have you right-wingers no conception of what logic is anymore? Or are you cynically arguing besides the point in the hopes of misleading people to your point of view?

    Maybe you just don’t realize how irrational you’re being and well now present well-reasoned and relevant arguments for your side?

  8. Aristotle, did you fall off the turnip truck? Kids aren’t adults up to 25 years of age that SCHIP would cover. Cut it off at 18 and it makes sense. In a couple of years the age limit could be raised to 30, then 40…..voila we have true socialized healthcare. IF you really were interested in logic you would argue the specifics rather than the emotional levers wrapped in the words “kids” or “children.” And there is no logic in insulting other commenters here, that is a diversion away from the specifics.

    By the way, it is very lame and cowardly to attack others when you do not use your real name.

  9. My understanding is that SCHIP extends coverage up to age 25 for two reasons. First, most young people need coverage while at college or university and, since higher education poses such a financial hurdle anyway and since America needs every educated worker possible, the decision was to extend SCHIP to age 25. Second, many young people, until they get past their early twenties, have a hard time establishing themselves in a job that offers health coverage. One counterpoint was that these young people could enter the armed forces; however, many young people do not qualify for the armed forces and these young people are the ones who are actually more likely to need health coverage. A suggestion to expand the funding for community service programs like vista or the peace corps and cover these other young people in that manner received no response. It was for these reasons that Senator Hatch of Utah has bravely stepped forward to become such a strong supporter of SCHIP and to encourage his colleagues to overturn the current veto.

    By the way, I look at all aspects of Gary Trauner’s life and philosophies and find him to be a fine individual and very worthy of support.

  10. Tim, I think if you check facts you will find the richest congressmen are gasp…Dems. You will know what problems are when you have a tax bill double what it is now. Oh I know Hillary is only going to soak the rich….but you will soon find that the rich are pretty far down the ladder as she makes more promises to keep buying her way in office.
    Are you telling us middle class libs do not have cell phones and the internet? I’ll jsut bet you live in a decent house, have a decent car…or two, take vacations, have both land and cell phones, computers, plenty to eat, warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer. Count your blessings, you will feel better.
    It is sad to see an American with such hate. We are the luckiest people in the world, and we do have all of the rights and freedoms we have always had. More actually, if you check your history book you will note that young men were once draftered into war in this country. Now we have an all volunteer armed services.

  11. My understanding is that the proposal to allow extending SCHIP coverage up to an income level of ~$80,000? was based on conditions in the State of New York, specifically driven by the situation in New York City. The State of New York, like most states, has a combination of high-cost-of-living areas, like Jackson Hole where people who can afford to be there are there, and more working class areas, sort of like maybe Lander where people of more modest income can continue to afford to live. The poverty level income for the State of New York is set for all the communities across the state and essentially matches the poverty level in other states. Unfortunately, New York City and its immediate neighboring communities are, however, a relatively extreme case where the rich and the working class are crowded together in one large, dense, very productive single metropolis that has, because of the concentrated economic activity, a extremely high cost of living. A poverty level income for the State of New York is simply far less than what could remotely be considered even a survival income for New York City and, yet, the economic importance to the “American Enterprise” as a whole of New York City, as well as perhaps a couple of other metropolitan areas across America that are in similar situations, is simply too great to not provide sustainable, survivable, living conditions for that massive and crucial workforce. For this reason, there is a provision in SCHIP to allow states to ask for an adjustment. This provision was apparently requested by both Republican and Democratic leaders in New York and I can see why. If you had an opportunity to do business in that area, you would see it too. It was for these reasons that staunchly conservative Senator Hatch of Utah, very conservative Senator Grassley of Iowa, and many other conservative Republican leaders have stepped forward to support SCHIP and to encourage overturning the current veto.

    The general readership needs to take note of the great disagreement between so many well-respected and very conservative Republican leaders on the one hand and some of the usual right-wing posters to this site on the other. Most of the usual right-wing posters here truly do not represent the views of “normal” westerners or even “normal” conservative Republicans and the positions of so many prominent national Republican leaders on the SCHIP issue attest to this fact. Most of the usual right-wing posters here represent extreme, many times poorly educated, strange fringe viewpoints; if that were actually not the case, their viewpoints would better fit the views of mainstream conservative Republicans, which they very clearly do not.

    Also, Daryl L. Hunter, would you please stop posting your name as an advertising link to your business website? NewWest clearly and quite properly has a policy to prevent unpaid spam advertising from being posted and thus “mooching” off the site. Your advertisement gets through the filter; but, there is still no reason for you to evade the rules and policies that apply to everyone else. I do not and would never even consider “mooching” off NewWest to post links to my businesses. Craig Moore, with whom I argue constantly, clearly must be respected for having the good manners and breeding not to “mooch” off NewWest to post links to his business. Please join us in not doing so yourself.

    Finally, no, in answer to the predictable retort, I am not from New York or New York City, have never lived, for more than the duration of a business trip, west of Fargo. I simply do business in many places and know New York from consulting work and an infrequent visit.

  12. …east of Fargo.

  13. I agree with most of what you said Daryl, but I think it is time for Barbara to step down, and allow someone like Collin Simpson to run. Too many folks are tired of the poor show up time Barbara spends in congress, she jsut has too many personal problems that need her attention back here in Wyoming.
    I don’t think there is much question but what Fruedentahl is going to run against John Barrasso. I think he thought he was selecting the weakest of the candidates when he chose him and one he could beat easily. Hehehe, John is showing himslef to be a real workhorse for the state of Wyoming.
    As for Trauner, Wyoming needs another lib all in favor of universal welfare like we need another environmentalist group dictating to us.

  14. Talia,

    The poor kids already have SCHIP – they are just trying to expand the program past its logical limits as they do with all government socialism programs. That is why I am against them all, the government doesn’t know when to say when.

  15. Daryl,

    I’m trying to be more polite; but, your response to Tim has been grating on me. First, you ask me whether I would “have a problem” with you dropping your “two sons off… health insurance” because you would qualify under SCHIP, which I would not since health care should not be a luxury and any program to give kids health care would be worth it in my mind. Then, you turn right around and imply that Tim is a failure and demanding that he confess whether his alleged failure is “because the rich” made him fail” or did he “play too much also?”

    Daryl, I hate to break it too you; but, if you truly would qualify for SCHIP under any rules, current or proposed, there are lots of people, who started from scratch like us, who can buy and sell you many, many, many times and not touch anything past their operating float. Now, my point is that you are certainly entitled to feel as proud of yourself as you please and I am certainly not defending everything that Tim might say or do; but, you might not want to conclude that Tim is nothing but a failure without stopping to consider where you, yourself, might fit in the greater scheme of things.

  16. Mike, I hate to break it to you, but it is time for Americans to get their priorities straight and start taking care of the necessities themselves…..before they buy new vehicles, newer and bigger houses, take trips etc. What I would be in favor of is allowing folks to deduct the cost of their insurance from their income taxes each year, from the tax itself, not as just a deduction. Then allow employers to do the same. That would be cheaper in the long run and would encourage some self responsibility.
    Look at the family that the Dems used as a poster boy. They have a quarter or half million dollar house, and have the money to invest 160 grand in a land investment, but they cannot afford to insure their own kids. I have never had that kind of house, nor can I afford that kind of investment, but I am expected to help pay for insuring their kids since they are too “poor” to do so.
    Somewhere we need to make folks assume some responsibility for themselves. As a nation we are heading down a road of let the “government” take care of my necessities I’ll spend my money on fun stuff.

  17. Mike,

    Tim’s level of vitriol for the rich – “No! Things are tough today because the rich feed on the middle class and the poor. Now, more than ever.” Led me to believe that he fell into the stereotype that blames others for their failures. I apologize for leaping too assumption based on stereotype.

    Your explanation was quit muddled about how you would feel about me, and millions like me, that qualify for SCHIP but are currently covered elsewhere, dropping our current coverage to save money. Doesn’t that sound like a waste of government money and yet another government boondoggle? If I am paying with my taxes it wouldn’t make any sense to pay for it privately.

    About the link – spam is gratuitous linking by those that don’t contribute thought, time and effort to a thread.

    Was Bill Clinton lying when he said that the days of big government were over:(

  18. I disagree Daryl, Spam is much more and you are guilty. I conclude from your posts that you are an America-Hating Conservative and an enemy of Freedom. There are plenty of you out there so don’t feel alone. Just tune into Rush or Fox where I’m sure you know you can find the soothing sense of indignation and superiority that you need.

    Though, I do agree in a sense, no government program should provide any sort of service to an American that didn’t pull themselves up from the bottom like every Real God fearing Republican did.

    You yourself look like someone that has fought and struggled with poverty there in the Rockies of Idaho. I applaud the personal strength and wisdom it must of taken you to get where you are today. It takes a certain type of Patriot to hate the American that is struggling with what you your self have struggled with Daryl and for that I applaud you.

    I really am jealous of the Ultra Conservative Mega Patriots that have the strength to offer America the tough love that it needs. All these lazy drug addicted Democrats need the tough love the Conservatives in Idaho have to offer us. We need your tough love Daryl, we really do.

  19. Tim from MT,

    Daryl is from California.

  20. So Tim, you say I am an America hater because I don’t want to bankrupt our country with an expansion of SCHIP? I am anti American because I am against the Democrats new socialism?

    I am an enemy of freedom because I am a fiscal conservative? I guess it was your turn to take a leap at presumption.

    John Kennedy once said; “Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!”

    I think America’s Democrat Socialism advocates have lost sight of that concept.

    Well it sounds to me that Hillary has bought your vote out of the national treasury.

    Mike, see what I mean about vitriol.

  21. I do live in Wyoming, was born here in fact, and I do not want someone with no experience even on a city council to represent our state.
    I am not happy with the rush toward socialism, but I am even more worried about the rush to buy the way to socialism with illegal campaign money and getting it from whereever it can be gotten.
    There is a little thing connected with Hillary and Hsu that no one seems to be investigating. Hillary tried to push thru an earmark for 1 million for a Woodstock museum, the Woodstock promoters are the ones that bankrolled Hsu to the tune of 40 million. No one yet knows where Hsu came from or if he is even a legal alien. Hsu bankrolled Hillary to the tune of almost 1 million, and Tester for a big chunk. I have not found the actual vote list on the woodstock deal, but I bet Tester supported it.

  22. Wowee Wowee I didn’t dig deep enough into Daryl’s web link. Thank you mike. After browsing through it a bit I found something I knew existed on the internets but I just hadn’t found in it’s truest form yet.

    Yellowstone Dynamics and Daryl L. Hunter’s take on the world
    (blog by Daryl L Hunter)

    I now have a new home page.

  23. Hey Tim,

    Did you know Daryl won’t answer the question: “How do you justify inflicting torture on folks under the banner of spreading freedom and democracy?”