He Caught My Attention Declaring Love of God on the Air
I will admit, when Jerry Evans announced his candidacy 10 days ago and I heard what he did for a living owning a school of music, thoughts of Robert Preston in The Music Man and Jack Black in School of Rock crossed my mind. But those admittedly prejudging images is nothing to the man I heard interviewed last night on WCGO radio.
Both Preston’s Harold Hill and Black’s Dewey Finn characters in their respective movies were con men to some degree. Jerry Evans thoroughly convinced me in his interview last night he is no a con man, but much better for voters to consider.
There are three millennials running for the Republican nomination in the 14th district. One has an unapologetic love of the Constitution, another has an unapologetic love of country. Jerry Evans has an unapologetic love of God, and he says so openly.
And it’s one thing to place your love of God in print on a website or on a palm card, but Evans said it on air, live on WCGO last night. I hope there is a pod cast for the Citizen Kelly Show from last night.
Paraphrasing Evans, he said he is absolutely unashamed of his Christian faith. Jesus changes hearts that affects the depths of one’s character.
I expect nothing less from a Wheaton College graduate, but faith is reaffirmed when it is practiced openly, outside the walls of the church.
And evangelical Christians vote in Republican primaries and are the only ones who are the most reliable voters for President Trump.
Of the three millennials, Evans is the one with the most life experiences which, if he can get his message out, presents someone to primary voters who resembles the 14th district. Life experiences include:
- Home ownership in Warrenville
- Marriage to his wife Lisa for five years
- Father to son Michael born last year
- Entrepreneur and small business owner for 8 years
- Expanded entrepreneurship to manage commercial properties
- Successfully grown the small businesses to enable him to run for Congress
Something that made Evans unique from all of the candidates was his presentation of the issues on day 1 of his campaign launch. He made it clear where he stood, without bromides and in writing, on:
- Taxes & Spending
- The “Swamp”
- Second Amendment
- Right to Life
- Economic Freedoms
- Homeland Security
As I said in the “First Impressions…” article last week:
“Definitely, he touches on the issues in the [introductory] video. On his campaign website, Evans gives a good top-level introduction to what should be a well-researched policy/position statement paper, far beyond the abstract bromides of some of his competitors”“First Impressions of Newly Minted Republican Candidate Jerry Evans” October 21, 2019
And Evans made it very clear about his support for President Trump when there are multiple top-tier candidates who do not mention his name, either on their websites or in literature. And he references the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, not “last year’s tax cuts” when addressing our country’s economy.
Whether Evans can overcome his late start in the campaign will in my honest opinion take an act of God. Evans knows God can overcome and provide anything. In a word, Evans has faith, and that is what loving God is.
And given there are still unconfirmed reports of 2 or 3 additional people circulating petitions in the 14th district, at least 2 of them independently wealthy, a very crowded 10 or 11 person field competing for a plurality of a primary base of 60,000 voters, may be how Evans can overcome where the first 10 days of his campaign finds him.
Overcome by the Hand of God.