HomePoliticsCD3 (R) CANDIDATE Elizabeth Helgelien OP-ED Politics The Republican Party in the House: A Testament to a Functioning Republic OP-ED By Elizabeth Helgelien To the casual observer, the current state of the Republican Party especially in the U.S. House of Representatives may seem like chaos. But I urge you to look closer. What you’re witnessing is not disorder, but the very essence of our Republic in action. It’s democracy at its finest, with passionate individuals advocating for their beliefs and principles. When I served in the Nevada Legislature, I often found myself going toe-to-toe with democrats and moderate Republicans. It wasn’t out of spite or personal animosity, but out of a deep-seated belief in conservative principles and the need to uphold them. Just as Matt Gaetz is doing now on the national stage, I too stood my ground against those who sought to dilute our party’s core values. The ongoing battle for the soul of the Republican Party is not a sign of its weakness but its strength. It’s a testament to the party’s vibrancy and the diversity of thought within its ranks. It’s this very dynamism that sets us apart from the Left, who often march in lockstep, suppressing any dissenting voices. This internal struggle is not limited to the halls of Congress. It’s evident right here in our own backyard, in the congressional race where I’m pitted against Heidi Kasama. On one side, you have America First Conservative Republicans like myself supported by U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, Fmr U.S. Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr. and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and on the other, you have moderate Republicans, represented by figures like the former Speaker McCarthy, who are backing Kasama. It’s essential to note that this isn’t about personal vendettas or political gamesmanship. It’s about accountability. When McCarthy agreed to certain terms to become Speaker of the House and then failed to uphold his end of the bargain, he crossed a red line. The motion to vacate and remove him from the Speaker’s position was not only justified but necessary. It was a clear message that the party would not stand for leaders who don’t keep their promises. The Republican Party is not monolithic. We are a party of independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to question authority. This is our strength. It’s what makes us resilient and adaptable. While the Left may see our internal debates as a sign of weakness, I see it as a sign of our commitment to the principles that have made this country great. In the end we need to make sure we flip Congressional District 3 back to red and the way you do that is by listening to the voters and following through with your promises just like I did when I won in this district as a State Senator and beat a millionaire democrat in the general election then voted the same way I campaigned. I will do it again. In conclusion, the current state of the Republican Party in the House is not chaos. It’s a reflection of a party that’s alive, vibrant, and unafraid to stand up for its beliefs. It’s a party that’s willing to have tough conversations and make difficult decisions. And it’s a party that I’m proud to be a part of. Elizabeth Helgelien is a former State Senator from Nevada and a current congressional candidate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District 360 News Las Vegas does not charge for candidates to provide op-ed’s. All candidates are welcome to submit op-eds on current events. 360 News reserves the right not to publish op-eds.