Senate candidate visits Muncy Township
A Republican seeking the nomination for the U.S. Senate visited Muncy Township at the Bush House this week, telling a gathering of like-minded supporters that she remains in a statiscal three-way tie and dead heat with two other frontrunners whom she blasted as not true conservatives.
Kathy Barnette, a veteran, former adjunct professor of corporate finance at Judson University and a conservative political commentator, lifted three fingers up to an audience inside of the historical house, predicting the name identification that Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick carry goes both ways.
“I see your faces,” she said. “I have been to million dollar homes and humble homes,” she said, adding how she has traveled across the state, logging 1,500 miles a week and recently knocking on over 30,000 doors.
Barnette, who recently debated other candidates, did not mention candidate Carla Sands but poured out verbal wrath on the frontrunners’ influencers who are helping to sell Oz and McCormick to voters.
“The only thing you hear is they’re rich,” Barnette said.
On the attack throughout and pointing out her distinction as the “only true conservative running” she blasted McCormick as a man who gained his affluence through business connections in China and Dr. Oz as a “carpetbagger” -living in Montgomery County for a year and a half while having resided far longer in New Jersey.
She warned voters to consider Oz and McCormick’s track records, saying remember who (they) were in the past as an indicator of what to expect.
Barnette remains upset that the largest natural gas reserves in the world in Pennsylvania are not being used to their capacities.
President Joe Biden has created a hostile energy sector environment that is keeping those who could invest to increase oil and gas production away. Like President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, on vaccines to counter COVID-19, Barnette said she would call an emergency meeting with leaders and oil executives to ask how the government can help them meet immediate and world needs and would then work with those in the Republican Party and across the aisle to incentivize oil executives to increase production.
“Here’s the rub,” she said, regarding her fight to ensure energy independence. “The Democrats are not the only party” hurting this effort to use the resources the state has but also those on the right side of the aisle.
“The whole system is not working,” she said. “Either they are stupid and I do not think they are or they know exactly what they are doing.”
Pivoting to the plight of the American farmer, in a county that thrives on agriculture, she said she recently chatted with a farmer who focused his ire on the increasing cost of fertilizer.
The farmer’s 600-acre corn farm that used to cost him $45,000 in fertilizer is now $120,000 in fertilizer expense.
“You are going to see shifts in how we eat,” she predicted.
For Barnette, the undecided voter remains part of the “engine” for her campaign.
“This is a big state,” she said from a figurative perspective — as it is both geographically diverse and demographically altered.
Born on a pig farm in Southern Alabama with no running water, an outhouse as a toilet and well on one side, Barnette said from such humble beginnings came a young woman determined to become successful.
“I had to work hard to get on ground zero,” she said, adding that today her children have no idea of that prior struggle.
She became the first in her family to graduate from college, achieving a bachelor in finance and eventually earning her master’s degree.
She served her country for 10 years in the Armed Forces Reserves, where she was accepted into Officer Candidacy School.
She worked in the financial industry for A.G. Edwards and Sons and Bank of America Capital Asset Management analyzing the company’s financial documents, while learning about what drives real and sustainable economic growth.
She worked in corporate America in the comptroller’s department at J.C.Penney, as an adjunct professor of corporate finance and authored her first book, “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America.”
In 2020, Barnette said she entered into the world of politics for the first time when she decided to run against the entrenched incumbent in the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
After coming out of the quarantine, Barnette said she only had four months to run her entire race. In a heavily Democrat registered voter district, where she inspired many and raised over $1 million, with an average donation of $55.
She is a mother of two children. After reviewing her daughters’ school curriculum, she decided to pull her kids out of public school and noted how she homeschooled them, which she did for six years.
At the Bush House, Barnette decried Critical Race Theory, receiving several affirmative reactions.
Barnette has been a regular commentator on Fox News and has a wealth of information regarding her stances on other issues including health care, border security and jobs.
That is available for those online at barnetteforsenate.com.