Meet the Race Car-Driving Conservative After Rep. Ralph Hall's Seat

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America is in a pissy, irascible, throw-the-bums-out, anti-incumbent kinda mood. Even, apparently, if it means unseating a longtime congressman with some serious seniority and a choice committee chair.

According to Charlie Cook over at the National Journal, there are some 22 House Republican primaries to watch this year. Rep. Ralph Hall's 4th District seat -- a staunchly Republican suburban and semi-rural district -- is one of them. The 32-year House veteran -- the oldest serving member, in fact, of either House of Congress -- was a Blue Dog Democrat until 2004. He's currently the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where he's inveighed against EPA investigations of fracking contamination, birth control and the confiscation of astronaut souvenirs.

These days, the fickle GOP primary electorate regards the words "career politician" with as much distaste as they do "President Obama."

That's where an Upstate New York-raised race car driver comes in. His name is Lou Gigliotti, from East Tawakoni, in Rains County. He owns LG Motorsports, a company based in Wylie that builds and races Saleen Mustangs, Corvettes and Camaros. He won the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2001. He won the Silver Spectre 341 Hill Climb in Nevada last year. Now he wants to win the Republican nomination for Hall's seat.

He tried in 2010, but that, Gigliotti says, was just a test run. "When you go to the racetrack, you walk the track. You look at the corners and the potholes. Now, I'm racing. I'm in the race and I'm gonna do everything I can."

Gigliotti was kind enough to chat with Unfair Park and share his thoughts on Hall, the country, the federal government, and why he believes he can do some good in D.C.

Gigliotti on Hall's incredible longevity and the need for fresh blood: "He's well-loved, and he's been elected for something in Rockwall since 1948. He got his first elected position as a judge before I was born.

"They never intended people to stay (in the U.S. House for) 32 years. It was always supposed to be the peoples' House, and I'm the people. Politicians with no experience in business don't have a clue what effect rules and regulations have on the people."

Gigliotti on environmental regulation: Mount Pinatubo exploded and put more pollution into the atmosphere than since the beginning of mankind. We're a pimple on Mother Earth's butt."

"Now they're gonna try to tax cows for farting?! Explain to me where that makes sense. Who does that help?"

Gigliotti on his qualifications: "I went to the Lou Gigliotti School of Business. I've run my business since I got (to Texas) in 1983."

Gigliotti on government spending: "We spend $10 billion a day in the federal government. We have to borrow $4.3 billion of that, or print it. Of that $10 billion a day, $1 billion goes to pay the interest on our national debt."

"The government doesn't make a product. It doesn't add to the economy. It subtracts from the economy. You can't grow the economy by stealing from the economy."

Gigliotti on Gigliotti campaign finance: I've sold some things. I've raised money. I will probably spend $70,000 by the time this thing is over. I sold a chunk of land and a race car trailer. It means so much to me, I'm putting my company on the line."

Gigliotti on business and government: "The thing about being in business and government ... you're interconnected. So much of what you have to do as a business guy, you have to become aware of what's going on, the taxes, Social Security, FICA withholding."

"Things are just getting out of hand. The economy's going down. Why is it going down? The government is getting too big. Are we going to sit around and hope they'll do the right thing? I figure it's time for a normal guy like me to get off the couch and do something."

"I guarantee you, I'm as smart or smarter than Ralph Hall, and I've got a lifetime of business experience. I've always told people I'd never stay more than six years. I'm giving 25 percent of my (congressional) paycheck to the volunteer fire department."


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Lou Gigliotti
Lou Gigliotti

Hi,    First of all, I talked to the reporter for almost an hour.  Some of my comments were as a joke but of course, any interview can be laid out to show any side of a conversation that one wants.     Please go to my website  LouForCongress.com and you can read more in-depth explanations for each of the issues.  

    Ralph Hall is a very nice man who will turn 91 in office if he is reelected.  

    I was just impressed that anyone in the press wanted to interview me.  Hall does not show up at ANY town hall meetings where other candidates are attending.  But when he does, he stipulates that I will not be allowed to speak.  Rockwall Breakfast where I tried to attend is a prime example.  I was told by the GOP there that I would not get a mic if I showed up.  That was after a GOP Christmas party where the attendees were tossing my cards on the floor saying that I was in "enemy territory"  

     No problem, I can take that.  

   A Congressional seat in the US house does not require any residency in a particular district.  It is governed by the Constitution of the United States which says: -- "Members of the House of Representatives, despite representing a specific Congressional district, are not required to live inside that district in order to run for office within. They, like their counterparts in the Senate, simply must inhabit the state in which they are running."  you can find that in the US Constitution.      In fact, my home was only moved out of the district 3 weeks ago (by about 5 miles) when the Courts finalized the redistricting.     Last summer, I bought a house on Lake Tawakoni that we are rebuilding and remodeling.  Again, I have a long term connection to district 4 where my home and business was for the last 13 years.  

    For any of you who question my credentials, I have a degree in Math and Business.  I did my MBA work at American University before leaving early for Texas in 1983.  I was a Scholarship winning HS wrestler and undefeated golden glove boxer.  I was a Certified Math teacher but left to race cars full time in the 70s when I got a sponsor.     I am a 3 time national champion in the "World Challenge series" with 23 wins, 26 poles in 110 races.  Plus wins in IMSA and Grand AM.  Winning the Daytona 250 Road race in 2002 in a car that we built in Wylie, Tx.  

   I moved to Texas in 1983 with a $1200 loan from Beneficial Finance in Alexandria, Va and worked very hard running my business over the years, finally blending my racing success into a business that caters to Corvette and Camaro performance parts world wide.  We build and sell Racecars as well as parts for the track enthusiasts.  

   It doesn't matter if you are a Liberal Democrat or a Conservative Republican, you must know that Washington DC is broken and there is no money left for Big Government to seize.  Even the readers of the Dallas observer can agree that any business or government can not spend nearly two times the amount that they take in.     There are 209 STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with no measurable positive results other than "feel good" results and skewed stats.  Somehow, I think we could have gotten along with about half of these in the economic crunch that we are in.  Redundancy in a government program is a badge of honor because they are not spending their own money.        Another example is our Federal highway administration has over 100 redundant programs.  In Oklahoma, a 26 foot long bridge will cost $86000 to build if they use state money.  But when the Federal Highway Administration gets involved, using federal money, the cost goes up to $368,000.  That is a fact pointed out in a recent Congressional committee hearing.  Who does that help?  Where does the money go? 

 Start with "Out of our pocket" as a matter of fact.  That is where it goes.  (Studies, Unions etc)      Government is out of control and over reaching.  We all need to see it get under control.       For sure, I have a sense of humor (cow flagellation) and a sense of outrage at the same time when I speak to reporters.  I like to make statements like, "I will go to DC with a Calculator with NO + Sign" or "What if the EPA had to give up one job for each private job that they end?"     The last statement came from my trip to Atlanta Texas where a lumber mill caught on fire but in the weeks after the fire, when they tried to rebuild, they were hit with EPA regulations that took up about 20 feet of paper and millions of dollars to accomplish.  The result was that 160 Atlanta Texas employees are out of a job.  My question was, who does this help?  was the Earth burning the day before the fire so much that the lumber mill could not just be rebuilt as it was?  The EPA does not care who or what they put out of business in the name of Mother earth.  Like I said, we can no more control or affect the climate as humans than a bug in the "boreal forest".  (for all you condescending readers, look it up) 

  Oh never mind, here: "Locked up in the Boreal forests are vast amounts of carbon, and their biomass is so huge and so vital that when they are in their maximum growth phase during the northern spring and summer, the worldwide levels of carbon dioxide fall and the worldwide levels of oxygen rise." 

  Better start "exhaling" so it can keep up. 

    The day that we can control the Sun, will be the day that we can control our climate.  in other words, not very soon.  

    So regardless of all the "hot button" issues, none of them will matter if we turn into another Greece.  We are close now.  And if that happens, then the Nanny State, will also cease to exist.   

    So the choice is to either control our own destiny or spend what is left of our economy until the end result is out of our control.         I represent a new breed of "non politicians" who have no strings attached to any lobbying group or special interest group.  I do not want a career in politics so my actions will not be controlled by a carrot and stick; reward/punishment system that exists in washington DC now.    I will be controlled by what my employers want as long as they don't ask me to compromise my principles.    Right now, my principles and those of the 4th district are a close match.  If that changes, then I will step down.  

   For the 32 years that Hall was in office, our national debt has gone from $1Trillion to $16 Trillion.  (yes, the last $5T was under obama) but the first nearly $11T was not.     Nothing will change if we change nothing.   We can not keep sending the same life long career politicians back to Washington if we want, even a chance, to stop the hemorrhaging of money.    Oh yeah, Our Money and our Kids Money!      I would rather call it the fruits of our labor and our private property.   Other than this things enumerated in the constitution,  the fruits of our labor should stay, "ours".   

    I am young enough (62) to still perform at the top of my abilities, yet old enough to have the experience and background to help turn the Big Government ship around.     "One man can not chop a whole forest down by himself, but one man can start a forest fire!"  Ralph Hall put his matches away years ago.  

Thanks for listening and I hope that you have a better insight into what my mission will be in Congress, rather than just going along to get along in the political swamp up there.  

Regards

Lou Gigliotti LouForCongress.comLouForCongress12 is my gmail address. 

    

     

Randy Williams
Randy Williams

Loulives in Princeton, which is not in the district.  He filed first stating that he lives in Wylie,where he has an auto repair shop.  Now helives in E. Tawakoni.  After discoveringthat his business address is not in Congressional District 4, he now says thatif he wins, he will move to the District.

 

Mr. Hall has issued paychecks for employees since 1951when he opened his law firm through 1981 when he was elected to Congress.  He has owned three financial institutions(still owns one) during his business career issuing paychecks to employees and hemanaged an extrusion/aluminum company in Texas and California with over 1,000employees.  Just a note, according to the National Association ofManufactures the 4th Texas CongressionalDistrict has the 3rd most manufacturing jobs in the nation, making CD 4 Firstin Texas. I doubt Lou can help the 4th in this manner.

Now I Get It!
Now I Get It!

I was wondering why Unfair Park had been running some articles highlighting Ralph Hall and his activity out in the burbs recently.  Now it's all becoming clear.  You're on team gigliotti, eh?

I'm a staunch, straight ticket voting Republican.  The only Dem I've ever voted for in my life was Ralph Hall.  Now he's a Republican, he's still got my vote.  You act like he's never had any opposition for the Republican primary seat except this guy.  He's had plenty and people on both sides of the aisle continue to overwhelmingly choose him as a rep.  He attends all the community meetings, town halls, breakfasts, debates, high school club meetings, and community fundraisers in town and stays in great touch with his constituents and their needs.  This race won't even be a competition, but you have fun writing about it

Crap Detector
Crap Detector

Oh puhleeze....No No No, Not this guy! If this is the only alternative to Ralph Hall then we're in big trouble.

Edward
Edward

I love the generalizations put forth by these right-wing, anti-government candidates—except they are so scary.

"The economy's going down. Why is it going down? The government is getting too big". Wow! So many things factually wrong in one sentence it's impressive!

All these so-called "businessmen" harping on the government debt, when any business person knows that when your company can borrow money for FREE (which the government is doing right now) is the time to invest in the future. 

Now
Now

The only thing new about Ralph Hall is the ring in his nose!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

 "I guarantee you, I'm as smart or smarter than Ralph Hall"

Now there my friends is a campaign slogan if I've ever seen one.Idiocracy.

Guest
Guest

Helio Castroneves won the 2001 Long Beach Grand Prix.

Fairview Kid
Fairview Kid

One thing is for sure: Ralph Hall has to go!   Mr. Gigliotti sounds very vague about issues but at least he has the guts to take on a local icon.   

Would like to hear more specifics from him on issues....and less about cows farting.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, this guy makes Ralph Hall look like a freaking Brain Surgeon in comparison..Jesus H this dudes deluded...

Randy Williams
Randy Williams

 Come on Lou.  Get your math straight.  If Hall left office in 1972 and re-entered politics in 1981, is that 6 years he wasn't receiving a government paycheck?  I want a Congressman that can add and subtract.  Hall has been attacking the administration and his own party when they aren't for less government. 

Lou Gigliotti
Lou Gigliotti

Hall collects $65,000 per year pension from the state of Texas while he is collecting his approximately $235,000 check from the Congress.  there were only 6 years out of the last 64 years that hall was not on some elected government payroll.      I have promised to donate the first $25,000 of my pay check to 4th district Volunteer Fire Departments if elected and I am still a working man.       Of course, Hall likes Big Government.  He has lived off it for longer than most of us have been alive.   Hall himself said he got into elected office because he was broke!  Funny how that works.  

   Look, if we had a responsible government and Congress, I would be glad to stay home and stay out of the race. But we don't .... and we won't.            Thank Rick Perry and our Texas legislature for the industry in Texas and in the 4th district.       Apple will be building a multi million dollar facility in Texas with plans to expand in their goals.  Adding 3600 jobs in Texas.   It is Texas that is the greatest state in the country and i am glad I got here when I did.     If I win then I will try to accomplish what i can while fighting the establishment.  But at least i will have "Fighting the establishment" as my goal, rather than being part of it.  

There are two kinds of politicians.  Those who "eat well" and those who "sleep well". I plan on being one who sleeps well. 

ThanksLou Gigliotti

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Edward,

The government does not borrow for free.  The government loans money to the banks for free who turn around and buy government bonds which provide a 3% yield to the banks.

That brilliant strategy was developed by a bunch of lawyers without business experience.

Ledger
Ledger

the future has already been leveraged

Albert
Albert

The government borrows money for free.

That's pretty scary.

Albert
Albert

Trans-Am Grand Prix 2001

Lou Gigliotti
Lou Gigliotti

In 1972, Hall ran for Texas lieutenant governor and lost the Democratic primary, getting only 15% of the vote. He only worked at a real job from 1973 to 1979 when he set that aside and ran for congress and was elected in 1980.      You can borrow my calculator anytime.     He has been reelected 16 times for a position that the framers of the constitution set up as a 2 year term for the people's seat.  He will turn 91 in office if he is reelected.      Would any fortune 500 company hire a 90 year old person to be CEO of their company?  But Hey, this is only our Country so who cares, right??

Edward
Edward

I'll clarify what I should have said: It's times like this when the government should be investing in its future with long-needed projects that can be funded at zero or low cost interest rates.

That's what businesses are doing, and if the government should be run like a business (as all these business-guys keep saying it should be) then shouldn't the government be doing the same thing?

I am definitely NOT disagreeing with Ledger that our future has already been leveraged. The sad thing is that in my opinion it has been leveraged for the wrong things.

Lou Gigliotti
Lou Gigliotti

Randy, with all due respect, Hall got 39,384 votes in the last primary, not 70,000. I think your number came from the general election.  Very easy mistake because the primary vote number is hard to find. 

    In Racing, when we go to a new race track, we walk the track to see, up close, exactly how the track goes.   We look for pot holes, and banking and all the hiden things that can give us a better feel of how to actually run the track.       2 years ago, that is what I did in the Republican primary.  I did not spend a penny on campaining other than gas to go to the town halls and candidate forums to speak and see what the process really involved.       What I saw was that Ralph Hall never showed up at a single town hall where people were allowed to ask him questions and pit his views against any other candidate.   He was treated like a member of the "Ruling Class".        Now this time, I actually sold some of my own personal holdings and I put my own money into this process.  I understand how this race is run and frankly It has made much more clear how we let our country slip down the hole it is in.       As for the votes that Hall got?  It is more telling to count the votes that he did not get.  He did not get 43% of the vote.  (in the 5 man race, he did get 57%)     Of the 43%, one candidate who spent around $1 million dollars got 30% of the vote.  (it cost him about $50/ vote)      At any rate, the question we all have to ask is how did we let our country get so far off track?  IT is because we expected our elected "politicians" to actually stand in the way of the destruction of our Constitution.  Instead, they pat each other on the back and perfect the "Art of Politics", switching parties when it looks like they will lose and making promises that they never plan on keeping,  rather than actually standing for principles.       I am sorry that I will not get your vote.  So be it.  But I can not wait until "Hall is finished" and I don't think any of us can. --- Thanks----Lou Gigliotti 

     

Randy Williams
Randy Williams

 You still don't get it.  He went to Congress in 1981, that's when he stopped his law firm and when he received his first government check.  He isn't allowed to practice law while in Congress.  Get your facts straight.  Last time you ran you received a little over 1,000 votes (came in 5th) to Hall's almost 70,000 votes in a six person race.  Shame you haven't run for any public office before.  Finished with you after using that type of language.  I thought better of you and would have considered you after Hall finishes. Only trying to help you with research & facts. 

Lou Gigliotti
Lou Gigliotti

Randy,   Does the phrase, "Picking oats out of horse manure" mean anything to you?

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