Thank You!

Dear Family, Friends, Supporters and Voters,

Thank you for your phone calls, and thoughtful messages, and many expressions of concern and support since the June 5th election results.

Of course, I am very disappointed that I lost the election, and I will not be able to carry out the many worthwhile programs that I know would benefit all constituents in my Congressional District.

The campaign experience was exhilarating and I was afforded the wonderful opportunity to meet so many caring, interesting, thoughtful people from varied segments of our wonderful community. We had a chance to speak with one another at many meetings, coffees, and fundraisers. I appreciated being able to also have met many of my fellow citizens and visitors at The Memorial Day gathering at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. I feel privileged that I met, and that we shared ideas and visions for a better future, with new friends and supporters as I canvassed the many neighborhoods of my district.

I have taken the last few days to analyze the various reasons that I did not have a better showing. I take full responsibility for not being able to get the message of my platform out to all the constituents. Some of these reasons were due to my very late entry and not utilizing all the media available.

I am awaiting the results of the 88,000 votes that have still not been counted. I picked up an additional 20% votes in the last two days and the official tally won’t be in until June 15th.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Last updated on: 06-08-12 at: 16:46:56

There are approximately 88000 Absentee / Provisional ballots still to be counted.

I don’t think that I can overcome the initial election results, however I can make a better showing.

Some statistics about this campaign:

  • For every hit on my web page, I received a vote. From this information, it is clear to me that if I could have reached more voters, with my platform and message, I could have won.
  • I had no major funding to compete with the Political Machine’s Funding of Bilbray and Peter’s Campaigns. We learned that proper timing and campaign planning would have made a dramatic difference.
  • No TV time and no debate time are catastrophic in an election of this nature.
  • When I was initially introduced to the party chairman at a caucus in March, I was told that,” The Party had, months before, selected their nominee for the District, and I would not receive any support.” Also, the TV debate had already been filmed with seven (7) of the nominees not being invited to participate.

Mr. Bilbray has consistently been ranked in the bottom 10% of the least effective Congressmen on The Hill.

Under Bilbray’s continued representation, our beaches and oceans are polluted with primary sewage, our Veterans have not received adequate support, our teachers are losing their jobs because of mismanagement, and students suffer.

Corporations will be the only winners with Mr. Bilbray’s very biased representation.

Mr. Bilbray’s fundraiser’s consist of corporate interest here in San Diego and raised approximately $1.1 million, mostly from political action groups. None of Bilbray’s personal funds were used.

Furthermore, Bilbray never attended any event that would have exposed his less than 10 percent approval rating as a Congressman. Bilbray failed to respond to many solicited questions from journalists that would have exposed his true agenda.

Mr. Peters raised $1.7 million. This was 1.25 million of his own money. He was defeated by a ratio of two to one.

Peter’s record, as a City Councilman and Port Commissioner shows that if elected, he would not be effective as a Representative and would be highly influenced by special interest groups and not his constituents. Because of Mr. Peter’s baggage from his past political affiliations, which are extremely negative, show irresponsible governances on the city council and Port Commissioner, Peter’s cannot overcome these issues.

I am not deterred. I have learned so much. I have been reenergized. I more than ever, see the need for change, and I shall continue to serve my country with your continued vote of confidence.

So watch out Washington, The Committee to Elect Carswell for Congress is gearing up early and with a more prepared campaign plan, and with stronger financial support.

I would like to share some of Theodore Roosevelt’s philosophy:

Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Citizenship in a Republic” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Abraham Lincoln lost 5 times before he was elected

Remember!!! Attitude is a little thing that means a lot

Thank you all …more to come!

Your friend,

Gene Hamilton Carswell

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La Jolla Light Interview

An excerpt from the La Jolla Light newspaper, May 31st edition, produced by reporter Pat Sherman.

  1. What three specific La Jolla issues do you believe to be the most pressing and how would you address each?

A.  Support of business in La Jolla to entice more tourism, which would include the completion of the 22-year planned (Belvedere) Promenade. This costs money and that is the problem with the San Diego City Council controlling us.  This project to revitalize the central business area was reapproved in 2004 and became a part of the La Jolla Community Plan and approved by the La Jolla Town council (LJTC). When another agency controls your goal, it is a primary concern.

B.  GUANO in the La Jolla Cove and the stench and toxicity emanating from this.  It is a problem for our community, is a deterrent to tourism and this is directly related to business. Cleanup has about six to ten regulating hurdles to overcome.  It can be accomplished with persistence, time and legal input

This is a task that we can solicit help through the Department of the Interior and accomplish.  I shall be your advocate and work with the Department of the Interior to accomplish this and have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit issued.

C.  Eliminate rush hour traffic congestion with a safe southbound exit from I-5 onto 52 West into La Jolla and increase parking for more customer access in the business area.  Removal of Stop signs and the inclusion of traffic circles on Torry Pines Road is an amazing way to allow a greater continuous flow of traffic through to ingress and egress La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Village.  We need to engineer it, model it and implement it at all the congested intersections on Torry Pines Road. The parking issue is critical and must be addressed with diagonal parking on both sides of the streets adding additional parking and reducing extensive delays as people attempt to parallel part.

  1. Do you believe it is in the best interest of La Jolla to secede from the city of San Diego? Why or why not?

Yes.  The obvious answer is autonomy, maintaining your tax dollars here and having your destiny as a community determined locally. But there are problems with this. These can be overcome.

  1. Name a dream of aspiration you’ve had to set aside for your career.                                                                                                                                                                         To have more of a stabilized family life is a continued dream. Most, if not all, of us neglect some aspect of our family to ensure financial survival for them.
  1. Name the historical figure you most identify with and what inspires you about that person?

Abraham Lincoln is the “man”. His strength, intelligence and ability to lead us to a unified nation took over 100 years to obtain.
President Lincoln’s understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights still transcends us.

  1. What do you despise the most?

Other than public apathy, I detest irresponsible politicians and the greed displayed by Wall Street…I’m also concerned about the lack of a responsible water plan for southern California.

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Bilbray’s a clone of “Duke” Cinningham – You’ll Never See Change

Dear Keith,
I am Gene Hamilton Carswell 65 years old decorated veteran and father of 5. My son is the head tennis coach at SDSU. and I am a 52nd district candidate.
I dont lie cheat steal or tolerate those that do.
I hope you realize the impact that your coverage has on the lives of the constituents in this district.
Brian Bilbray is an ineffective representative of this district.
Please see my interviews with (you tube) and see my interviews with Elizabeth Himcheck and Pomerado News or Pat Sherman the La Jolla Light.  Give me a chance! 
With 58% Republicans in this district and by not considering the other candidates you have given the seat back to Bilbray.
Please review my qualifications or forward this to someone who can help.
Why put someone back in office that has failed to affect change?
Disappointed but still fighting to make change.
My Best
Captain Gene Hamilton Carswell Retired.
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Memorial Day 2012

Candidate Gene Carswell embraced and thanked for his service by Vietnamese visitors at Cabrillo National Monument on Memorial Day.





Candidate Gene Carswell at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

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Article From Rancho Bernardo News Journal

By Elizabeth Marie Himchak

Gene Hamilton Carswell is a Republican and La Jolla resident who lived in Rancho Bernardo from 1977 to 1994. The 65-year-old has lived in the district for 26 years, is the married father of five and grandfather of eight. He attended the University of South Florida and University of Southern California to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s in systems management.

He is a congressional briefing officer, retired airline pilot who has also been a licensed contractor/builder and land developer. This is his first campaign for Congress. His website is

Carswell said he is running for Congress “to stop the abuse of major corporations from defaulting on retirement plans and using these funds to ensure their own bonuses and profitability.” He also wants “oversight of TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) funding so banks actually use the funds as they were intended, instead of buyouts of failing banks and trying to expand into profitability.”

He listed the three greatest issues affecting the 52nd District as economic stability, assurance of quality health care systems for patients and medical professionals, and security for Americans and their allies.

His solutions for economic stability include job creation, quality education and global retiree security so there is a level playing field between countries. For health care he said eliminate wasteful spending. For security he is asking voters to read a paper he wrote at

Regarding U.S. tax system changes, Carswell said, “a flat tax is one of many solutions, but leadership on this issue will only occur if PAC money and corporate influence is limited.”

To lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, he advocates shale production, creating an independent national hydrocarbon energy source while maintaining the environment and exploring possible energy production through ocean tides.

On financial issues, Carswell said there should be flexibility with the federal debt ceiling, opposes privatization of Social Security and called a revised nationalized health care program essential.

Regarding the U.S. government’s efforts to combat terrorism, he said oil production in Iraq should have covered the cost instead of taxpayers. “A template of what security should be like is provided in Israel and should be the training icon for American security,” he said.


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Ad from La Jolla Light Newspaper

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Asian Heritage Coalition Presentation

Click on the underlined link below to see Mr. Carlwell’s presentation to the Asian Heritage Coalition along with a testimonial we received.

 AHC Candidate Forum – Gene Carswell

After hearing Mr. Gene Hamilton Carswell’s presentation to the Asian Heritage Coalition, I believe Mr. Carswell could become a frontrunner in the race for San Diego’s 52nd District Congressional Race. Mr. Carswell’s ease of delivery along with his poignant remarks gave the astute audience  a clearer understanding and gave them a better focus of what is, unfortunately, occurring on Capital Hill.

Mr. Carswell’s presentation defined the need for a more educated and stronger representative than is currently the Republican Parties choice for the 52nd District. I believe Mr. Carswell meets and exceeds these requirements.

Even though Mr. Carswell’s time was limited, he showed powerful communication skills and his presentation was accurate and indicated that this was not his first exposure to National politics.  He launched himself as a front runner in the race. Mr. Carswell presented a sophisticated speech which elicited an emotional response from the audience which included several people running for city council, judges and other congressional hopefuls. It is finally apparent that this race is wide open.




Written by the Committee to Elect Gene Carswell for Congress.

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