Ricky Gill’s speech to the GOP convention

Here’s what Ricky Gill, the Republican from Lodi who’s challenging Rep. Jerry McNerney in the newly drawn 9th Congressional District, had to say just now at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.:

My name is Ricky Gill, and I am humbled to stand before you as a Republican nominee for Congress – and a proud son of California’s San Joaquin Valley.

My parents immigrated to the Valley from India and Africa with only their love for each other, a strong work ethic, and the enduring desire to pursue their American Dream.
We all work hard in the Valley, and we’re proud to live there. But today we face crippling unemployment and foreclosures—even the bankruptcy of Stockton, our largest city. Young people leave — or drop out of school to help their families make ends meet. Our friends and neighbors are suffering.

But the Valley is a cautionary tale of failed policies, not false ambitions. No one in this country dreams of dependency; no one hopes for mediocrity. We are ready again to seize the measure of our ambitions – not because the government says we can, but because we believe we can.

We need a new generation of leadership to chart the path – to fight for policies that create jobs, rather than red tape — and to help small businesses succeed, rather than helping green energy companies fail.

Like you, we Valley folks are tough, independent, and faithful – and we are ready to rebuild our American Dream.

Thank you, and God Bless America.

Looking over the convention’s schedule, it may be that Gill and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are the only speakers from the greater Bay Area who’ll be addressing the convention this week.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    I hope the GOP didn’t strain themselves giving him so much time to speak.

    Of course, the problems in the Valley of which he speaks have zero to do with anything that Obama has or hasn’t done, or Bush or anybody else in the federal government. And there’s nothing Rom-Ry can or will do to fix it.

  • Elwood

    ” And there’s nothing Rom-Ry can or will do to fix it.”

    Or the anointed one, either.

    His only interest in CA is strip mining money from gullible fools.

  • JohnW

    CA is an ATM for both Obama and Romney. So is New York. Or any other state that is deep blue or deep red and has lots of rich people.

    I agree that no administration, Republican or Democratic, can do much to fix the Valley or other hurting areas of California. Our wounds are self-inflicted at the state and local level.

  • Church State

    What I find most interesting about the Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign against Obama is that Romney was losing most of the GOP Primaries until the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – The Mormons, church leaders instructed their millions of church members to begin attending all local political meeting. Perhaps this was so that the LDS faithful could elect each other as their states official Delegates. Romney than began sweeping the GOP elections across the country. The repercussions of this request of the Mormon faithful by the LDS church leaders will be experienced throughout the political system of the United States of America for years, if not decades to come. If the LDS church and its members do not succeed in putting a Mormon President in the White House in 2012, you can trust the LDS church and its members will persist until it does – and will probably persist at all costs.

  • JohnW

    Re: #4

    Romney was losing in the primaries until one opponent after another amused us all by shooting himself in the foot, leaving Romney the last man standing. He beat Newt by carpet bombing Florida with TV ads after Newt won South Carolina. But it’s not like Newt didn’t have issues.

    Romney is a contender for president today because a big Utah car dealer who was chairman of the Salt Lake City Olympics organizing committee invited Mitt to leave Bain to fix the Olympics. Without that, Mitt never would have been governor, let alone a candidate for president.

  • Elwood

    Church State:

    We’re all doomed. The Mormons are seeking world domination.

    I believe the religion you’re thinking of starts with an M, but it’s not the Mormons.

    And no, I’m not a Mormon, and the only one I ever knew I didn’t like.

  • JohnW

    “I believe the religion you’re thinking of starts with an M, but it’s not the Mormons.”

    Absolutely right there Elwood, we Methodists ARE out for world domination.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I see the hand of Satan in this blog.