Dear Congressman Carson, You often call yourself a maverick, because, as you have said, \"a maverick is someone who breaks with his party [...] to help our country, who works in a bipartisan fashion to achieve constructive results.\" Your record in Congress proves that you are right: as a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, you reached across the aisle more than any other figure in recent history; you supported family values while supporting progress; and you abide by your faith while working to expand the most basic of a citizen\'s rights. A maverick is what you are - and a maverick is what we need. As a member of Baylor University\'s Phi Beta Kappa, as a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and as a Rhodes Scholar, we unequivocally trust your understanding of the issues and your capacity to handle even the most difficult of challenges which can affect elected officials. More importantly, we know that you trust your neighbors and community enough to ask for their advice and input every step of the way. We are deeply comforted to know that you were the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects while serving as a White House Fellow, and we have confidence in your approach to issues of defense. We are proud of your many visits to American troops abroad and we know that, given the opportunity, you will work to keep us and our military secure. You are an inspiration to us all. In particular, you have inspired a generation of young Americans. As a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University\'s John F. Kennedy School of Government, you enlightened scores students and brought to them a perspective of which they would otherwise have been unable to even dream. In volunteering your time to teach civics to students at Dearborn Middle School (an inner-city public school in Boston), you demonstrated your commitment to spreading the values and knowledge of citizenship to all of America\'s children. You know the meaning of faith, family and community. We admire your dedication to the First Baptist Church of Claremore, in your hometown. You have a remarkable family and household, representing much of what society needs most. Claremore is fortunate to have you as a member of its community, Oklahoma is lucky to have you as an advocate, and those around you are fortunate to have you as a friend. We pray that, some day, we can be so lucky - by being among your constituents. For these reasons and many more, we, the undersigned, urge you to run again for elected office.