Kansas senator and conservative firebrand Steve Fitzgerald kicked off his Congressional campaign Thursday in Topeka, invoking his military experience as a leadership trait and supporting the agenda of President Donald Trump.
Fitzgerald, who retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel, currently serves as a Republican in the Kansas Senate and told supporters Tuesday that Democrats were desperate to take back Congress and “resume their death march to socialism.” He urged fighting for a strong defense, increased border security, low taxes, small government and to “restore the American dream.”
“Politics is a lot like battle,” he said. “Much depends upon the heart of the warrior and the character of the leader.”
He said, though, that he can work well with different types of people and did during his time in the Army.
Fitzgerald said he would seek the “rapid accomplishment” of Trump’s agenda in the next Congress, and he celebrated the rolling back of Obama-era water regulations, deportation of undocumented immigrants and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which Fitzgerald called the “international climate scam.”
He told supporters the campaign had raised about $100,000 and would build momentum now that the Kansas Legislature has finished its normal session.