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Gus Bilirakis Predicts 50-Seat Gain for Republicans in Midterms

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)

By Le Corbeaunoir

(October 11, 2010 @ 10:00 PM) — Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), representing Florida’s 9th District in the United States House of Representatives, spoke in plain, blunt terms in his 15-minute address to the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) this evening:  The first and enduring task of a Republican-controlled House will be the reversal of the socialist agenda of the Obama Administration.  Repeal of Obamacare, according to Bilirakis, will be the Republicans’ highest priority, and the process will entail piece by piece dismantling and defunding.  For the scores of Republican faithful in attendance, the speech was pure gold.

The crowd of Republican activists was enthusiastically receptive to the Congressman’s message. Citing the “energy in the room,” Bilirakis went on to invoke New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a positive example of what Republicans can accomplish even in areas of the country dominated by the Democrats.  The Congressman called on the Republicans in the room to make a difference in the upcoming elections and to hold the anticipated new Republican majority in Congress accountable.

The cornerstone of the Congressman’s speech was the Pledge to America, the 2010 Republican agenda formulated by the the Republican Congressional Caucus.  Bilirakis told his audience that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership are arrogant elitists who are not listening to the American people.  In a reference to the anticipated 2010 Republican midterm gains, he told his audience, “We are going to fix them in November.”  He went on to assert that the new Republican House leadership and the Republican rank and file will keep to the promises contained in the Pledge, that the voters will hold them accountable to do so, and predicted that the leadership will be “fired” in two years if they do not do what they say they are going to do.

Bilirakis went on to talk about Republican goals of reducing taxes, eliminating government red tape, protecting the Constitution, reducing spending, securing national borders and strengthening visa security, and other Republican priorities.  Although known heretofore for his cautious optimism about Republican prospects for a return to power, Bilirakis flatly predicted that the Republicans will pick up at least 50 seats in the midterm elections three weeks from now.

Congressman Bilirakis concluded his speech with an appeal to the party faithful to not take anything for granted and to continue to work hard for victory and, as the crowd roared with approval, he ended with the words, “Let’s go get them.”

Here’s the speech in its entirety (Hat tip to PCREC):

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