The Nevada Supreme Court will soon be making a decision regarding the Congressional District 2 special election; determining how the upcoming special election should be conducted. Even if the Justices don’t go with a ballot royale, as Secretary of State Ross Miller prefers, Commander Kirk Lippold is preparing for a strong congressional run in 2012.
CDR Lippold is most widely known as the commander of the USS Cole when it was bombed in 2000 by terrorists while docked in the Aden Harbor in Yemen. Lippold is now retired from the United States Navy.
Lippold initially sought the GOP nomination for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District, but after former state Senator Mark Amodei was nominated by the Nevada Republican Party central committee, Lippold decided to stay the course and remain in the CD2. The Nevada Republican Party sued the state, however arguing that each of the two major Party central committees should nominate a candidate for the special election, rather than allowing an open ballot.
In a telephone interview, Lippold stated the process has been flawed from the start, and reported that the groundswell of support he has received has been overwhelming. Lippold argued that the central committee election for the nominee was politics as usual.
“The amount of support I’ve gotten,” shared Lippold, “has been amazing!”
Lippold continues to fundraise for his CD2 run; whether it is in the special election, or as the Republican candidate who takes on Amodei in 2012. His website touts Lippold as a conservative with leadership integrity; someone who recognizes that national security is the state’s and federal government’s foremost responsibility; and someone who understands fiscal responsibility and fiduciary accountability. Lippold has been endorsed by the National Defense PAC, Combat Veterans for Congress, Vets for Freedom and Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich.
Lippold said he had taken a good hard look over the past year at where he could best serve, and he believes it is at a national level.
“While you can stand on the outside and influence policy,” Lippold exclaimed, “if you want to make policy, it needs to be from the inside.”
CDR Kirk Lippold will be the guest on The Freedom Hour, Wednesday July 6, 2011. To address questions to CDR Lippold during his interview; tweet FreedomHour on Twitter, or write on The Freedom Hour Facebook group page. The Freedom Hour is a weekly internet broadcast, that airs live every Wednesday at 6:00PM (PT).