Franklin County resident and minister Barry Welsh recently announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Indiana’s Sixth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In making the announcement Welsh said his campaign would be based on three words: People before profits.

“I am announcing now because I see wrong, and feel I must stand up and try to make it right,” Welsh said. “To me, that is Christian. I am running to protect Social Security, to stand up against corruption and cronyism, to stand for the troops and against an unjust war, to fight the oil men and outrageous gas prices, and, since I am one of you, to represent all of you.”

Welsh said he has decided to fight for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, so sons and daughters won’t have to worry about the quality of their elderly parents’ lives, and so those that currently survive on these services are not stripped of their existence.

“Social Security is a safety net for those in need, not an IRA for those with greed,” he said.

The Sixth District is currently represented by Republican Mike Pence. Welsh is already taking the incumbent to task.

“Congressman Pence and those like him think all these services should be provided by charity or private business,” he said, “but the no bid contracts of Iraq and Hurricane Katrina demonstrate what they really mean by privatization. To them it is an opportunity to turn a profit and pay back their rich and powerful friends. This is why I have adopted the slogan ‘people before profits’ in this congressional campaign.”

Welsh said that Social Security was put in place following a crash of the stock market and that “radical neo-conservative” Republicans want to put Social Security into the stock market.

“If we do not learn from history, we repeat it’s mistakes. Common sense tells us not to allow the poor houses of old to become a necessity of our future,” Welsh said.

He went on to say that the practice of cronyism has resulted in people being appointed to positions for which they are unqualified.

“Regardless of party, we should expect our leaders to appoint the best people for the job, not just hand out jobs to their personal friends or people who have done political favors,” Welsh said. “I am running because there are major differences between Congressman Pence and myself, and it will be easy for the voters to choose, should he survive his primary challenger.”

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