Thank you to the thousands of voters and supporters

I thank each of the thousands of voters and supporters and donors and volunteers and family members who participated in the Congressional primary race yesterday. While I did not win, I know that my candidacy contributed positively to the outcome.

In meeting with voters and others I stressed the following points:

Stop the illegal invasion, protect our borders and stop anchor baby citizenship. Why do illegals get freebies but citizens must pay for services?

Fight radical Islam. Why should we lose our freedom of speech and religion to jihadist murderers of Christians and others?

Balance the budget. Stop borrowing money. Why should our children have to pay off our immoral $19 Trillion debt?

Eliminate Common Core. Why should children’s education be a social experiment instead of learning?

Stop funding Sanctuary Cities and States. Why do our governments shelter illegal aliens and criminals?

Cut government spending, regulations and programs to create jobs. Lower taxes. Establish Flat Tax.

Clip the EPA. Why should we send water to the non-native 5 inch fish instead of to the farmers and workers in the Central Valley?

We must also:

-Eliminate Obamacare and restore healthcare choice and free market solutions

-Protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience.

-Follow the Constitution. What is your legal and moral anchor if not natural law and God given rights to life and liberty?

You said my message was "right on." Thank you for that endorsement.

The message will continue and it will be heard because liberty resides in the human heart.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Matt Kokkonen


Santa Barbara Republican bosses rigged candidate selection

The Congressional primary election demonstrated the rigged system and corruption in the Santa Barbara County Republican Central Committee machinery. One of the principles of various counties’ central committees of the Republican party is to find and develop new candidates for offices. Another one is that the party's Central Committee refrain from endorsing candidates during the primary election period. After all, that would deter others from running. Who would want to run for office as a Republican if he knew that the local party machinery would support someone else and seek to undermine the new recruit's campaign? Even so, the county party had an endorsement meeting and chose its candidate Katco Achadjian. This kind of strong-arm party politics is exactly what makes voters mad.

The Santa Barbara Republican Central Committee endorsement during the primary made this election a rigged game for the Republicans and their hand-picked establishment candidate. Achadjian’s political career had spanned for 12 years as a county supervisor followed by being currently in his third 2-year term as Assemblyman.

The national Republican party presidential race rejected the establishment. As with the national election, this time it didn’t work for the local Congressional race either because enough electors found out about Katcho Achadjian’s voting record in the Assembly to give driver licenses to the illegals (AB-60), his vote to reward those who came here illegally with a work permit (AB-20), as well as his vote to expand Medi-Cal (AB-1) to over 1.2 million new Californians, now expanding also to illegals.

As a candidate, I objected to the party endorsement meeting during the primary as well as having stood against this practice for years as a member of the San Luis Obispo County Republican Central Committee. Being the legal immigrant from Finland, I recall the common Russian elections, where the party insiders hand-picked only one candidate for office who then always won miraculously with 99+% of the votes. The Santa Barbara Republican Party bosses seem to like that. Watch out for them, those of you who love freedom and liberty.


Congressional Candidate Matt Kokkonen crafts new terms to distinguish marriage, homoriage and lesbiage.

June 5, 2016 
Press Release 
For more information, contact: info@mattforcongress.com or call 805-886-1880

Congressional Candidate Matt Kokkonen calls for honesty in identifying the unique relationships among the heterosexual and homosexual communities and crafts new terms – “homoriage” for male homosexual committed relationships and “lesbiage” for female homosexual committed relationships to distinguish their uniqueness from “marriage”.

Trying to artificially force language to embrace male homosexual and female lesbian relationships into the existing meaning of marriage is impossible as long as there continue to be biological, physical, functional and emotional differences between males and females.

Realizing homosexual community’s own declarations for “gay pride” and “coming out of the closet,” society as a whole should recognize the uniqueness of the homoriage and lesbiage relationships with their appropriate identities while recognizing the universally existing identity of marriage. This is a step forward for everyone regardless of political party or religious affiliation.

Full text:

Words have meaning. If they implicate certain standards which are not desired, people try to re-define their meaning. Many people remember something about the Biblical story of creation where God spoke and the world was created, ex nihilo. Consequently, they believe that by simply saying something or by repeating it often enough they can also create reality and change nature like God did. It shows the god-complex exhibited by many as they attempt to re-create reality by re-defining the meaning of words.

Virtually nobody is against people making an agreement to associate with and support each other. However, if the two people are of the same sex, it is an oxymoron to call that arrangement a marriage. The term marriage has had a singular definition of a union of a man and a woman in all societies going back many millennia.

In chemistry, we learned that H2O = water. If you replace O with another H, you won’t have water – ever. Try as you may, you cannot change nature by redefining words.

To not recognize the biological differences between the sexes is to deny reality. To call one male partner the father and the other male partner the mother in the same arrangement is unnatural and absurd.

The homosexual culture is demanding equality and respect. Their insistence on using the word “marriage” for their arrangements and unions is counter-productive toward those ends. By using correct terminology everyone knows what the relationship is.

It is time for society as a whole to be honest and adopt the new terms, homoriage for male homosexual relationships and lesbiage for female homosexual relationships. This does not condone or condemn them. It merely identifies and recognizes the various unique arrangements while retaining the meaning of marriage. This is a step forward for everyone regardless of political party or religious affiliation. 
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Matt Kokkonen is a legal immigrant from Finland. He has a BA in philosophy from Westmont College, and continued graduate studies in philosophy in Europe.


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“New Times” compares Congressional Candidate Kokkonen to Ku Klux Klan

San Luis Obispo’s “New Times” weekly paper wrote in its Opinion by “The Shredder” on May 5, 2016, “What’s white, has three K’s in its name, and hates ‘illegal’ immigrants? Well, yes, the Ku Klux Klan, but I was thinking of Matt Kokkonen, but he’s the not-so-nice ’ legal immigrant’!”

The last time someone called out the three “K”s in my name was a big black drill sergeant when I was in U.S. Army basic training at Fort Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. This was even before I was a U.S. citizen, having immigrated to America by myself at age 16 from Finland.

In my opinion, Shredder’s comments are beyond civility and reflect the dregs of the cesspool of his mind. New Times is complicit by allowing this expression of hate by him.

On the other hand, standing for the rule of law is not hate of anyone. It opposes illegality, period. What part of “illegal” does he not understand?

I wanted to come to America, the land of opportunity. I did it legally, like millions of others who followed the law. America has been the land of opportunity because of its God given self-evident Truths, "that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…" This undergirds the real American Dream. This encapsulates America’s Experiment and its Exceptionalism. I will keep fighting to make sure we leave America to our children and grandchildren as the country of liberty.

Matt Kokkonen is no Katcho Achadjian!

I want to point out four differences between my positions and those of another congressional candidate, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.

In 2013 Katcho voted for AB 60 granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. This is a step toward permitting illegal immigrants to vote.

In 2015 he voted for AB 20, which lays the groundwork for a program to issue work permits to farmworkers who came here illegally.


Read more here: The Tribune - Letter to the Editor

Click HERE to view the KSBY Video or read the profile below:

KSBY:

"This week, we've been profiling the growing list of candidates running in California's 24th Congressional District race. The district covers San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Republican Matt Kokkonen ran for this same elected position in 2008. He won the primary election, but lost the general election to incumbent Lois Capps. After 18 years in office, Capps is retiring.

Originally from Finland, Matt Kokkonen calls himself the "legal immigrant for Congress" and says people here illegally are not immigrants at all.

"They're aliens and we have to stop the illegal aliens invasion of our country. First of all, we build a border," he said, adding that the E-Verify system should be used to make sure workers are legal.

Eventually, he said, those here illegally will "self-deport." He said they're welcome to come back to work, temporarily.

"We bring them in under the program of contract employees," Kokkonen proposed. He says those here illegally are bankrupting the state and driving up the costs of healthcare -- and that the Affordable Care Act is doing the same.

"The other lie given to us by the President is that Obamacare is going to reduce your cost by $2500 a year. Ha! What joke," said Kokkonen.

Owner of an insurance company, he said he has clients whose premiums doubled under the health law. He supports repealing it and making insurance a more competitive private enterprise to bring down costs.

"I'm not in favor of government controlling any part of business," said Kokkonen, and that goes for the issue of gun control as well. "Why should guns be controlled if the Second Amendment gives us the right to have them? Let's follow the laws that we have already in place. We don't need any new laws."

Kokkonen said government overreach is also leading to overspending. He supports eliminating some agencies: "Department of Education, Department of Commerce. There's no reason for them to exist at this point," he said. Kokkonen also proposes a 10 percent cut across the board to all other departments.

"Why should our children have to pay off the $19 trillion immoral debt?"


KSBY Congressional Candidate Profile: Matt Kokkonen


Click HERE to view the KSBY Video or read the profile below:

KSBY:

"This week, we've been profiling the growing list of candidates running in California's 24th Congressional District race. The district covers San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Republican Matt Kokkonen ran for this same elected position in 2008. He won the primary election, but lost the general election to incumbent Lois Capps. After 18 years in office, Capps is retiring.

Originally from Finland, Matt Kokkonen calls himself the "legal immigrant for Congress" and says people here illegally are not immigrants at all.

"They're aliens and we have to stop the illegal aliens invasion of our country. First of all, we build a border," he said, adding that the E-Verify system should be used to make sure workers are legal.

Eventually, he said, those here illegally will "self-deport." He said they're welcome to come back to work, temporarily.

"We bring them in under the program of contract employees," Kokkonen proposed. He says those here illegally are bankrupting the state and driving up the costs of healthcare -- and that the Affordable Care Act is doing the same.

"The other lie given to us by the President is that Obamacare is going to reduce your cost by $2500 a year. Ha! What joke," said Kokkonen.

Owner of an insurance company, he said he has clients whose premiums doubled under the health law. He supports repealing it and making insurance a more competitive private enterprise to bring down costs.

"I'm not in favor of government controlling any part of business," said Kokkonen, and that goes for the issue of gun control as well. "Why should guns be controlled if the Second Amendment gives us the right to have them? Let's follow the laws that we have already in place. We don't need any new laws."

Kokkonen said government overreach is also leading to overspending. He supports eliminating some agencies: "Department of Education, Department of Commerce. There's no reason for them to exist at this point," he said. Kokkonen also proposes a 10 percent cut across the board to all other departments.

"Why should our children have to pay off the $19 trillion immoral debt?"


Matt Kokkonen will be on the Dave Congalton Show

Tuesday, April 12th - 5:00 PM


Matt is pleased to be on the Dave Congalton Show today, Tuesday, April 12th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. discussing his Congressional race for California's 24th District. This encompasses San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and a small portion of Ventura Counties.

We invite you to call in with your comments or questions. It is bound to be a lively show with some fireworks. Call 805/543-8830 or 800/549-5382.

The Dave Congalton Show, heard on KVEC am 920, is the premiere radio talk show of the California Central Coast and is based in San Luis Obispo.

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Kokkonen Demands Apology from Achadiian


March 29, 2016

Kokkonen demands apology from Achadjian 

For more information contact Matt Kokkonen at info@mattforcongress.com or 805-886-1880.

Kokkonen demands apology from Achadjian for false accusations of spreading lies and misrepresenting Achadjian’s Assembly vote expanding Medi-Cal to over 1 million Californians.

In the Republican Congressional Candidate debate held at Paso Robles Country Club on March 21, 2016, Matt Kokkonen pointed out that Katcho Achadjian was the only Republican in the Assembly who voted to expand Medi-Cal to over 1 million Californians and burden taxpayers with ongoing increased welfare costs. Achadjian vehemently denied this, accused Kokkonen of spreading lies and misrepresentations and demanded that Kokkonen produce the Bill number to prove this. Kokkonen pointed to Achadjian’s vote in March 2013 and stated he will produce the Bill.

Achadjian voted for the Medi-Cal Expansion Bill AB-1 on March 7 and again on June 15, 2013.

Kokkonen also showed a copy of The Tribune article of March 15, 2013 to Achadjian’s campaign member referring to Achadjian as “the only Republican in the state Legislature to vote in favor of bills expanding Medi-Cal.” This was rebuffed as not true.

Kokkonen furthermore highlighted Assemblyman Achadjian’s vote in 2013 on AB 60 which grants driver’s licenses to the illegals. Kokkonen points out that this is a step toward permitting the illegals to vote. He promised, “As your Congressman, I will fight against this outrageous impropriety and illegality. Vast majority of residents I talk to are adamantly against this. What part of ‘illegal’ don’t you understand, they ask?”

Achadjian touts his “conservative” fiscal record by pointing out that as a San Luis Obispo County Supervisor, he always balanced the budget. However, says Kokkonen, a financial advisor for over 40 years, “It’s easy for Achadjian to claim he balanced the budget while he did not fund the pensions adequately. That is why the County pension plan was left with a $350 million unfunded liability at the end of Achadjian’s supervisorial tenure. Our grandchildren will have to pay off this debt. In essence, he borrowed the money from our grandchildren. It is similar to the Federal debt of $19 Trillion that Achadjian blames on Obama and the democrats,” Kokkonen states.


Brussel's Bombing


March 23, 2016

The Brussels bombing is most regrettable...

The Brussels bombing is most regrettable because of the senseless murder of and injury to innocent people. To us of Western Civilization these are barbaric examples of the irrationality of the radical Islamic world view. However, these acts are quite logical and rational to these religious murderers and comply with the demand of the Quran for Muslims to kill the infidels, which we, the Western Civilization non-believers, are to them.

This Satanic attack took place just prior to Easter, the most holy time of Christian faith. It therefore begs us to reflect on the differences in the theology of the two faiths, Christianity and Islam. According to the Islamic Quran, the father sends out his son, gives him a suicide vest and tells him to go and kill as many non-believers of Allah and Muhammed as possible. Only by this act of jihad for Allah does the Muslim have any hope of earning entry into paradise where he will be at peace.

According to the Christian Bible, the father sends his son to die for the sins of all men. Only by men accepting this gift of forgiveness by God’s son Jesus, by faith, does the Christian have the hope of eternal life, because he cannot earn his way to heaven by himself.

This Brussels bombing again is a call to the leaders of all nations of the Western Civilization that they have the moral and legal obligation to utterly destroy the Islamist jihadists. Islam is not only a religion. It is a totalitarian view encompassing a moral, legal, financial, social and political system wrapped in Sharia law, all of which is totally contrary to and incompatible with our life, liberties and Constitution.

I am utterly saddened by the loss suffered by the families and friends of the victims. May all of them have God’s peace.

Matt Kokkonen, San Luis Obispo, CA 
Candidate for US Congress 
matt@mattforcongress.com 
805-541-1880


Congressional Oath of Office


March 11, 2016 

I was honored, pleased and humbled again by re-taking my oath of office today as part of my Congressional candidacy in San Luis Obispo. This is required under our Constitution.  I had taken the oath several times, the first time when I joined the California National Guard, then when I became a United States citizen, followed by becoming a 1st Lieutenant and pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, joining the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Aero Squad as a pilot, then in about 15 election cycles, where I had been successful 11 times.  This oath and affirmation is unique. In many countries, people are required to swear allegiance to their leaders. In the United States, we swear or affirm to support and defend the Constitution. 

“I, Matt Kokkonen, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Oath of Office Signing

Oath of Office Swearing In


December, 2015

Refugees - a Personal Perspective

As a legal immigrant from Finland and being from a family whose members have been refugees, I have a personal perspective on the refugee issue during the war between Finland and Russia.

December, 2015

Corker Bill and the Iran Treaty

 The Constitution of the United States of America was adopted 13 years after the Declaration of Independence of 1776. It established the fundamental law of our country. Let us consider Article ll, Section 2 which defines the requirement of the President for Senate approval for treaties he wishes to make: “He shall have Power, by, and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;”

January 30, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                 see update below

Cal Poly Associate professor of Political Science Michael Latner is refusing to have Republican Matt Kokkonen participate in the Congressional candidate debate to be held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

Matt Kokkonen, a long time political activist, the Republican nominee for Congress against Lois Capps in the 2008 general election and a current and seven time elected member of the San Luis Obispo Republican Central Committee was told by Dr. Michael Latner that he was not qualified to participate in the debate because he had not requested papers from the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder to officially file for candidacy.  Kokkonen had declared his candidacy already in September 2015 and in fact presented Cal Poly president Jeffery Armstrong his campaign materials in person at a public meeting of San Luis Obispo Business and Property Owners’ Association meeting where president Armstrong was the speaker.

Kokkonen pointed out to Dr. Latner that Congressional candidates file directly with the Federal Elections Commission, not with the local county, and that he filed with the FEC. One reason for this is that Congressional districts often cover several counties. The county does not provide papers to be filed for federal office. It is most surprising to realize that Cal Poly’s political science professor is so ignorant of the elemental mechanics of filing for Congress. It is also disappointing to hear him continue to claim he received this information from the county office. 

FEC requires filing to be done electronically, unless the candidate anticipates raising or spending under $50,000 in a calendar year. Even then, the paper filing is done directly with the FEC.

Matt Kokkonen also referred to Cal Poly’s web site advertising the event which specifically states “Individuals who have recently requested paperwork to file for candidacy have also been invited to participate." Even based on this he is qualified.

After being asked with which political party he is registered, Latner finally and dismissively responded, “the Pirate Party.” In Kokkonen’s opinion, Cal Poly’s refusal to admit his participation in the Congressional debate clearly amounts to discrimination against a Republican Congressional candidate. “It is shocking and regrettable that as public university, Cal Poly is permitting such bigotry. I expected the university to promote the free exchange of ideas, exposure of voters to all candidates with their various political positions and simply upholding the freedom of expression at a public institution of higher learning, not arbitrary discrimination against a Republican”, he states.

The debate is scheduled for February 4th and Kokkonen is still awaiting a reply.

UPDATE

Cooler heads prevailed at Cal Poly and Matt Kokkonen was included in the Candidate Debate held February 4th