Gary Kiehne

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Gary Kiehne
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 1
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Campaign website
Gary Kiehne campaign logo
Gary Kiehne is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Arizona.[1]

Biography

Kiehne graduated form New Mexico State University with a B.S. in agriculture. He then worked at a livestock auction, as a truck driver hauling cattle and on his family's ranch. Kiehne then began working in the oil and gas industry. He currently owns three hotels and continues to work in the gas and oil industry.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Kiehne's campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • Defending Land Rights: "Gary is committed to defending our rights to develop and use our land. In Congress, Gary will fight to end federal mismanagement of land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Forest Service, and other federal agencies in our district. Gary will also work to transfer control of this land back to the states and to private individuals."
  • Limited Government: "As a conservative who has seen the problems caused by the out-of-control growth of the federal government in our district and across the country first hand, Gary is committed to rolling back the size of the federal government in Congress. As a passionate advocate for limited government, Gary will stand up to the politicians in Washington who think big government is a good thing and who want to continue to grow the size of government."
  • Reducing Government Spending and Lowering Taxes: "We don’t need politicians telling us that the federal government spends too much and borrows too much. We need someone who will do something about it. As a business owner who has had to set budgets and stick to them, Gary understands what most politicians don’t – when you spend more than you take in, you aren't going to be successful very long."
  • Ending Obamacare: "Obamacare is one of the greatest threats to our country's future and Gary will do everything he can to end it. Obamacare harms our economy, infringes on our personal freedoms, and throws our healthcare system into chaos. As a Congressman, Gary will fight to repeal, defund, and replace Obamacare - unlike Ann Kirkpatrick who was one of the deciding votes on Obamacare in 2010."
  • Defending Our 2nd Amendment Rights: "Gary is a longtime member of the NRA and proud gun-owner who will fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights from those who do not believe in the right to keep and bear arms. Gary does not believe that anti-gun politicians in New York and Washington who don't know the difference between a shotgun and an AR-15 should be telling the people of the 1st District what to do with their guns."

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—Gary Kiehne's campaign website, http://www.kiehneforcongress.com/issues.php

Elections

2014

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See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Kiehne is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 1st District. Kiehne is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Controversy

While speaking at a Republican primary debate, Kiehne made the claim that 99 percent of mass shootings in the country were committed by Democrats. He said, "If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people. So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans."[5]

Kiehne later apologized, saying "This past weekend, I made a comment about the political affiliation of perpetrators of gun violence in the heat of a debate. I’ve since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect. I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it. Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have. I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations."[6]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kiehne's reports.

Gary Kiehne (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[7]October 15, 2013$0$50,600$(5,000)$45,600
Year-End[8]January 31, 2014$45,600$217,073$(51,999)$210,673
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2014$210,673$166,642$(102,622)$274,693
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2014$274,693$193,150$(130,820)$337,022
Running totals
$627,465$(290,441)

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Kiehne's committee owed $300,000 in outstanding loans to Gary Kiehne.

Personal

Kiehne has three children.[2]

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