U.S. Senate candidate, Monetti, in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lt. Col. Tony Monetti, the U.S. Senate candidate whose name is first on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, spoke at a fundraiser at Cupini’s Italian restaurant, 1809 Westport Road, Kansas City.

Restaurant owner Franco Cupini, former chef to an Italian president, is among Monetti’s supporters.

Also a restaurant owner, Monetti said he never expected spending 10 years in the business would help boost his understanding of the need to reduce business regulations and taxes.

“We understand budgets,” he told the group of about 30 supporters Wednesday. “But if we look at D.C. right now … they don’t even do a budget, let along trying to be accountable for the amount of money coming in, and doing what’s best.”

D.C. Republicans are too often like Democrats in terms of spending habits, Monetti said. He gave the new $1.2 trillion spending bill as an example.

“What we need are leaders that are serious,” he said.

Three-fourths of Congress once consisted of veterans, but now half of Congress consists of lawyers.

“How’s that working for us?” Monetti, a decorated combat veteran, asked.

Elected service is not meant to be a lifetime occupation, Monetti said. He supports term limits.

Among Monetti’s goals are making America greater by standing for changes that support businesses and jobs, religious freedoms under the First Amendment, gun rights under the Second Amendment, lower health care costs, and a strong military that safeguards democracy.

The firstborn son of legal Italian immigrants, Air Force Academy graduate Monetti flew a B-52 17 times to destroy Hussein’s war machine during Operation Desert Storm. Surviving a near-death experience, he later joined the first pilots handpicked for the B-2 Stealth Bomber, which he flew during the Kosovo Conflict. He served nearly a quarter of a century in the U.S. Air Force.