Bob Kulp gives an introductory speech during a candidate forum for the 69th district assembly seat held by the Central Wisconsin Tea Party at the Eagles Club in Marshfield, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
EDITOR: I had intended to run for the 69th Assembly District seat as a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, Constitutional Republican. After spending several days at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in the Wood County Republican Party booth with Bob Kulp, I realized we share the same values and position on the issues. I decided to drop out and lend 100 percent of my support to him.
I had the opportunity to attend a reception for Bob last week. Although U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble was unable to attend as planned, he sent a video that was played at the event. He certainly expresses reasons to support Bob better than I. Following is a transcript of the video:
"I want to take a moment to introduce my good friend, Bob Kulp, whom I've known for more than 20 years.
"Bob and I have many things in common: Our Christian faith and values, our work ethic, and our profession are all things we share.
"I spent 35 years as a commercial roofing contractor, and many times in my career, I had the privilege of working with Bob, and also received his counsel.
"Bob is in every way a man of integrity, honesty, hard work and especially truth-telling.
"And in this era of government, one might even say they matter more than anything. I know Bob possesses all of these characteristics and even one more; Bob is a pragmatic problem-solver. When confronted with difficult choices he'll be strong in his conviction, but he'll also work hard to find reasonable ways to move Wisconsin forward. He is exactly what we need in Madison.
"So thank you, Bob, for being the person you are. Thanks to your family for their willingness to walk this journey with you, and to all of you who are supporting Bob. This effort matters, because you as citizens matter."