Joe Kent Slams Marie Perez’s Defense of Terrorist Group.

Battle Ground, WA – Marie Perez defended the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. Townhall revealed that her blog stated it is “unfair to say Hezbollah is an entirely terrorist group.”

Joe Kent made the following statement:

It is appalling that Marie Perez would argue Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization. Hezbollah has been at war with the US since they bombed the USMC barracks in Lebanon and then kidnapped, tortured, and killed the CIA station chief William F. Buckley. They went on to become the cadre of expeditionary terror throughout the Middle East, enabling their partners to bomb the US embassy in Kuwait and the US base at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. During the Iraq war, Hezbollah and Iran’s Quds force trained and led Iraqi Shia insurgents in brutal attacks against US forces. I fought against these Hezbollah-aligned terrorists in the battle of Najaf and numerous operations in Sadr City. Hezbollah deployed operatives like Ali Mussa Daqduq who helped kidnap and brutally murder five American soldiers in Karbala in 2007.

I know exactly what Hezbollah is: they are nothing more than ruthless terrorists that must be ferociously fought. Hezbollah is cunning, and they will exploit ignorant, sheltered people like Perez to gain political traction to further their brutal ambitions. Perez is dangerous because she is siding with the very same Hezbollah terrorists who are attacking our troops in Iraq and Syria – the same troops she voted to leave in the crosshairs of Hezbollah.

We need serious leadership that understands war and how to combat terrorism without dragging America into another bloody twenty years of war in the Middle East.

Marie Perez Votes Against American Energy, Funding for the District

Joe Kent made the following statement:

Marie has shown once again that she cannot be relied on to work across party lines and serve the American people. She ran as a moderate who would secure funding for projects in the district, but her time in office has revealed her radical anti-energy stance.

The 2024 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill ends Biden’s anti-farmer bureaucratic red tape, cuts billions in Green New Deal spending, and includes funding to strengthen our national security. This is a common-sense appropriations bill that delivers results for the constituents of Washington’s Third District, and Marie Perez voted against it. She has consistently supported the radical left’s Green New Deal agenda over prioritizing American energy.

When I am in Congress, I will pursue an all-of-above energy independence strategy to tame inflation and remove our dependence on hostile nations for energy. I will oppose wasteful Green New Deal spending that hurts American families and drives up the cost of gas. Protecting our national security starts with unleashing American energy.



Joe Kent Raises $468K in the Third Quarter, Breaks $1 Million Total

Federal Election Commission reports released this weekend detailing fundraising for the third quarter of 2023 revealed:

    • Joe Kent raised a total of $468,485.89 from July through September. This includes $459,189.44 raised by the Joe Kent Victory Fund and $9296.45 raised directly into Joe Kent for Congress.
    • Since launching his campaign in January to defeat Marie Perez, Joe has raised a total of $1,075,527.03 into his Victory Fund and his Campaign Committee.
    • The Joe Kent Victory Fund is a joint fundraising committee that includes Joe Kent for Congress. KENT PAC, and the Washington State Republican Party, all dedicated to helping Joe Kent win.
    • Joe Kent has been endorsed by the Washington State Republican Party and the county parties in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties.

Joe made the following statement:

I’m grateful to our thousands of donors in the district and beyond who believe in this campaign to defeat the most vulnerable Democrat in Congress. We lost this seat last time due to infighting among Republicans, so it’s encouraging to see donors, volunteers, and voters rally to our cause. 

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Joe Kent at Rod Fest and Kelso Highlander Festival

On September 9, 2023, Joe Kent visited constituents at the Ocean Park Rod Fest and the Highlander Festival in Kelso.

Candidate Joe Kent stated:

“Great day on the campaign trail! Started at the Clark County Republican Party meeting, stopped in Kelso at the High Lander festival, and finished up in Ocean Park at rod fest. Great to see everyone!”