Why am I running? Completely by chance!
Until 10 years ago, I was a classic low-information voter. My wife Sylvia and I were busy raising seven kids: Job, family, buying groceries, watching the Packers on Sunday. For example, in 2000 or 2002, there’s a good chance that I actually voted for Paul Ryan, simply because I might have recognized his name on the ballot. I was just not into politics, a classic low-information voter, I understand that.
That changed 10 years ago. The spark happened August 9, 2005. That was the day that Paul Ryan debated Economist Dean Baker on privatizing Social Security Insurance, at Parker High School in Janesville. That was the first political event that I had ever attended, and it was completely by chance.
David, one of our kids, was working on a Boy Scout merit badge, Citizenship in the Nation. One of the requirements for getting that merit badge was to attend a political event. I’m not sure if Sylvia and I flipped a coin or drew straws, but I ended up driving Dave cross-town to Parker High for the debate.
After the debate, I remember walking back to the car, aghast, thinking to myself, “How could this guy Ryan have been elected, with a viewpoint so narrow, so obviously privileged, and so out-of-touch with the reality faced by so many Americans?”
That was the spark. A few months later I wrote my first letter-to-the-editor. Eventually I got involved with the Democratic Party of Rock County, and for the last 5 years I’ve been an officer of the Rock County Dems. The more involved I get, the more clear it becomes that Paul Ryan is absolutely wrong for today’s America.
For the past 10 years I have developed a very deep and distasteful understanding of what Paul Ryan stands for. He and his like-minded friends need to be defeated. The sooner the better. That’s why I’m running.
Please check out my website, TomB4House.com.
Sylvia and I still joke that it’s too bad David wasn’t working on his Fishing merit badge, because, instead of spending time and money on my Campaign Coach, there's a good chance we’d be spending time on a bass boat.