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October 20, 1999

Dear friends,

You may have heard the news through the grapevine, but I'd like to make it official: I am running for the United States Senate from the state of Maryland. If I win the Republican primary in March, I will have the privilege of challenging Paul Sarbanes, one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate, in November 2000.

Over the past 23 years, Mr. Sarbanes has voted repeatedly to raise our taxes and diminish our military. He has voted again and again to increase the size of the federal government, and to handicap personal initiative. These are national issues, that concern all Americans, not just the voters of the State of Maryland.

Most of you are familiar with my work on behalf of democracy and freedom in Iran as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).

I believe the student demonstrations this past summer in Tehran and 17 other Iranian cities showed once and for all that the clerical regime is united its fight to suppress political freedom, and that any talk of a "moderate" president opposed by a "hard-line" Leader is just a fiction concocted for the Western press. On the FDI website (, you can find many of my writings in support of democracy in Iran, including my condemnation of President Khatami's repression of the student movement.

I pledge to you that if I am elected U.S. Senator for Maryland, I will carry on this work on behalf of the people of Iran, because I believe it is in America's best interest to promote true democracy in Iran, not some sad clerical imitation. I do not believe the United States should legitimize the Islamic Republic system by allowing U.S. companies to build pipelines across Iran or to invest in the state-run oil and industrial sector Nor do I believe the United States should support Islamic Marxists who were Khomeini's allies in the early days of the Revolution, but later lost in the power struggle to him.

I am running on a broad conservative agenda, which includes revitalizing our military, the deployment of a national missile defense, and reasserting proud American leadership in the world. On the domestic side, I support tax reform, school choice, and other policies that promote personal responsibility, not government hand-outs.

Most of you know where I stand. And if you don't, please look at my record on the FDI website: you will see that I have never wavered in my belief that the American people and the Iranian people share a common bond in their thirst for democracy and freedom. I have long been your advocate in Washington. With your support, we can change U.S. policy, and launch truly effective action to help bring democracy to Iran. I thank you in advance for your support.

Kenneth Timmerman


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