Let’s hear it for the “long shots”!

Colleen Becker, writing in the British HuffPo, wrote a nice article that made some extended mention of my “past life” as a wanna-be politician. A quote:

In 2008, Democratic candidate Rob Russell ran for the same office, facing the same odds, to stand up for “working people” against “the party of the rich.” Despite name recognition as a local musician, he soon learned that money and partisanship matter more than sheer determination. While the Republican Party saturated his district with advertisements, Russell claims the Democratic Party siphoned funds he raised at the county level to more competitive state and national contenders. The “bandwagon effect” also played a role — in Eastern Tennessee, electing Republicans is a tradition dating back to the Civil War, when unionist voters formed a bulwark against the confederacy’s Southern Democrats. Running for Congress is the “stupidest thing” he’s ever done, and Russell’s bid took a toll on his family and personal finances. Yet, he has no regrets. He “put his money where his mouth is,” and is “proud” to say he represented people in his district.

Check out the complete article here.


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on February 9, 2012, in Politrix, Tennessee News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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