USMCR Brigadier General Mark Bircher (Ret) for Congress in FL

Brigadier General Mark Bircher, USMCR (Ret) is running for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. His platform is Conservative. At one time he was the Republican’s best hope, but now it appears they’ve switched to a RINO for their future.

Conservative values

General Bircher served from 1971-2009. He was commissioned in 1976 and served on active duty until 1988 when he transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve. He is an Iraq veteran, a commercial airline pilot, and an attorney who mostly limits his practice to helping veterans. You can read about his career at this link.

He believes in limited government, border security, fiscal responsibility, and adherence to the Constitution.

“We can’t keep ignoring the federal debt. We say we love our children, but we continue to encumber them with debt that literally defies comprehension. It’s like we’re on the Titanic, except we know about the impending disaster ahead but choose not to change our course.”

Gen. Bircher believes strongly in the Second Amendment. He is a student of the Constitution, and knows full well the intent and meaning of 2A. He says the intent is very simple; an armed people always have the means to resist tyranny in their government. He believes the closest the SCOTUS got to the intent of the Amendment was their Heller decision.

“The balance of power rests with an armed populace…our framers understood that the amendment was to maintain arms against the possibility of an abusive government.” Mark Bircher


USMC Brigadier General Mark Bircher

The opposition

His opponent, Incumbent David Jolly, is a former lobbyist who also worked as counsel to former Rep Bill Young, who died in office in 2014.

Jolly says that the Second Amendment is not “beyond the reach of regulation, and I believe it’s appropriate to look at regulations that ultimately keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.”

Those are the sounds of a liberal, not a true Conservative. He has said no one “needs an assault weapon.” There is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” Mr. Jolly obviously knows how to use terminology that preys upon the emotions of people who have no clue about such things.

Jolly proposed a bill called “No fly, no buy” (H.R. 5544) sound familiar? It was introduced in the House on June 21, 2016.  That was around the same time as that Democrat temper tantrum over gun control when they staged a “sit-in.”

No fly-no buy ideas always appeal to liberals, but as the General puts it, they “shred the Constitution’s due process.” Should we suspend Constitutional rights because of criminal behavior? No.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin


Mark Bircher, candidate for Congress

Campaign crunch

Gen. Bircher is running for the U.S. House Seat in Florida’s 13th Congressional District- Pinellas County. The primary election will be held on August 30, 2016.

For 8 months, Mark ran a campaign geared toward the general election, which will pit the primary winner against Democrat Charlie Crist. At first, he was the only Republican running for the 13th District, as Mr. Jolly had planned to run for Senator Marco Rubio’s Senatorial seat.

When Rubio dropped out of the Presidential race and went back to his Senate seat, Jolly said he was not planning to seek re-election. On June 17, with three days remaining before the primary qualification period began, Jolly changed his mind and re-entered the House race.

Still General Bircher stayed in the race, doing what Marines do best – fighting the battles regardless of the opposition.

Improvise, adapt, overcome

Retired Brigadier General Mark Bircher understands the problems of America. Regardless of the uphill battles he as faced he intends to continue the fight.

As a United States Marine, he can do no less. Semper Fi, Sir, and best wishes.

His Congressional Facebook page is here. His campaign website is here.