Rob Cornilles, Republican, is running for Congress from House District 1 against 6 term Democratic incumbent David Wu. US House District 1 encompasses Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, and part of Yamhill counties. Rob is a native Oregonian whose business, Game Face, is a consulting firm that has worked with such teams as the New York Mets, the Boston Celtics, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Miami Dolphins, and the Chicago Bulls, resulting in job placements for over 500 people. He holds a BA degree from BYU, is married, and has three sons. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts, the Southside Soccer Club and other youth sports teams, and the National Advisory Board of Positive Coaching Alliance, among other organizations.
He is running because he feels Oregon has to do better, and since no one asked him to run, he is not in anyone’s pocket. He said, “if you think what you always thought, you get what you always got.” Congress has a low trust factor right now with the public, but with what he hopes is a new crop of people coming into office, the remaining incumbents will need to listen. He has reached out to people he may be working with to begin cooperation. In his business, he never asks his clients what party they are from, just asks for agreement on the need for collaboration, and he would do the same in Congress. What he feels is important is to identify what are the obstacles, what is the objective, and what are the tools.
He believes that government must meet the needs of today while also realizing the impact on future generations. He would raise revenues responsibly with a goal of sustained growth, through efficiency and productivity. Right now there is marketplace uncertainty which is continuing the unemployment problem. Motivating people to hire and getting job creators to get off the fence will help, but they need to have stability so they can plan on costs in budgets. Job creation is his number one priority. Rob thinks Oregon can be a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship because of her rich natural resources and human capital. He wants to use incentives to keep businesses here and invest in younger workers to encourage them to stay in Oregon. Lowering taxes, rewarding risk taking, and eliminating unnecessary regulations that stifle business are three of his ideas to solve unemployment. In his business, he identifies places where the teams need to hire to add productivity, and he would use this same approach to create jobs. Work also builds worth for the business and for the employee.
Rob is concerned about the amount of deficit spending at the federal level, particularly that used for the bailouts and stimulus plan which has led to high debt. He likens it to taking the family out to dinner and passing the bill to the 9 year old. He pledges to use the same approach to federal budgeting as he uses for his company and will work towards a balanced budget that includes entitlement reform, and using unused stimulus funds to reduce the deficit. Congress has to stop spending what they don’t have. He feels the failure of Congress to address the expiring Bush era tax cuts is a dereliction of duty. He knows that taxes must be paid, but the idea of raising them in a recession is a poor one. He wants to lower taxes for families and small businesses to allow for funds to be returned to investments and job creation. He also believes that the corporate tax rate is hindering America’s ability to compete internationally, and wants to lower the rate accordingly. By creating jobs, payroll taxes will necessarily rise.
He favors opening trade which will lead to more jobs and prosperity. There are trade agreements which have not been passed in the last 9 years, and this frustrates him. He feels it would be better to pass the agreements and tweak them later if necessary. Oregon farmers and businesses like Nike rely on trade, so he would work on this.
He feels the current health care plan will increase costs, reduce care providers, ration care, increase the deficit, and create a huge new government program. His plan instead would be to reduce costs by allowing cross state competition by insurance companies, creating purchasing pools for businesses to use to buy insurance at discounted rates, passing tort reform that reduces malpractice costs and defensive testing, and encouraging healthier living.
Rob’s energy plan is focused on energy independence and job creation. He sees it as a national security risk to rely on foreign sources. Oregon has the opportunity to be a national leader in developing renewable energy technologies in wind, water, solar, geothermal, and biomass. He wants to use natural gas as the base fuel for when the weather does not cooperate with the other sources. Congress should lead people towards being good stewards and environmentally conscious, but any bill that stifles job growth should be approached cautiously.
He is endorsed by the Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, the Yamhill Valley News-Register, the Washington County Business Council, AG-PAC, State Senator Bruce Starr, Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon, Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree, State Representatives Matt Wingard and Scott Bruun, and Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden. He is recommended by the National Right to Life PAC.
Information courtesy the National Right to Life PAC, the Washington County Republicans, www.cornillesforcongress.com, and the Washington County Public Affairs Forum 10/18/10.