Happy Independence Day

07/04/2010 01:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

On this day, 234-years ago, the leaders of what would become the United States declared independence from England, guaranteeing our freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As we join our families to celebrate this weekend, it's important to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many for the freedoms we enjoy today.

How we conduct ourselves over the course of this campaign is one way to exercise those freedoms. The choices Dan and I have made in the course of our careers should be part of an open and honest dialogue with voters. That's why I have called for a series of debates so the people can hear directly from us, instead of hiding behind handlers.

But questioning our patriotism has no place in this campaign. I love our country. I know Dan loves it too. But we have very different views on how to get our economy moving and people back to work.

I was born and raised in California, my parents' experience taught me that if you work hard and play by the rules you can get ahead.

Those are the values that guide me. After listening to hundreds of people at campaign events and house parties, it's clear we have to fight for more opportunity on Main Street, not Wall Street.

I'm running for Congress because I want everyone in this Great Nation to have the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms our Founding Fathers and generations of soldiers have fought and even paid the ultimate price for.

If we want to want to create more jobs here, we have to change the way things are done in Washington.

I look forward to meeting you at a house party or canvassing event soon. For more information, visit

Happy Fourth of July!