The Evansville Courier ran an article about challengers to Larry Bucshon today, that included a few paragraphs about me. Reporters do like their angles, and apparently this one is attracted by my aura of mystery. But I’m not really all that mysterious. I got involved in local politics, helped stop a township Trustee from illegally drug testing the poorest citizens in immediate need of short-term help for life saving necessities. I helped expose an embezzling scheme that took money that was supposed to be used for the poor and for fire and rescue. And I made money for the township by getting banks to bid for our account, which added a lot of free money to the coffers. So I got a lot done, all the while outnumbered by Republicans 3-1.
Now that you’ve found this site, please come back. The reporter, Tom Langhorne, neglected to mention that I’ve spent most of my life working in publishing, including as a journalist; and that I’ve run a variety of small businesses over the years. I developed this website and will be posting new articles and photos regularly. I’ll also be publishing a campaign journal, which will give regular people insight into how these things work. It’s weird so far, I can tell you that. I’ve had people coming to my door, taking pictures of my house, and weird phone callers who refuse to give their names. I’m sure it will only get more bizarre.
Beyond his asides about me, Langhorne demonstrates several other problems with our politics and the press. For example, he reports that Bucshon has a lot of money, but doesn’t talk about the fact that he gets most of it from the healthcare industry that is responsible for our healthcare disaster. Bucshon is totally in the pocket of lobbyists, getting less than 3 percent of his money from individuals. This is something I will be detailing as the campaign progresses.
Unfortunately, one of my opponents, Ron Drake, though no doubt a decent person and infinitely preferable to Larry Bucshon, illustrates the weakness of so many Democrats. He has the “highest regard” for Bucshon? Seriously? A guy in the pocket of the insurance industry who is comfortable supporting the giant, steaming pile of wrongness that is Donald Trump? That’s just weak. It’s little surprise he’s a D.C. lawyer. That’s the last thing we need representing the small towns, cities and rural areas of Southwestern Indiana. Another D.C. Layer that holds corrupt Republicans in “high regard.” We’ve got to tell the truth about the Bucshons of the world, not fluff them.
Thomasina Marsili, on the other hand, sounds like a good person who has been out there working the party leadership and the campaign trail. In the unlikely event you choose not to vote for me, please vote for her. No D.C. lawyer is going to have a chance against Bucshon. We need someone who will tell the truth.
The Courier article isn’t that bad as these things go. But it demonstrates the limitations of the form. Come back here to get extensive coverage of the issues affecting us here in Southwestern Indiana.
And if you like what I have to say, consider working with me on this campaign. I especially need help fundraising, social media, website maintenance, and with general campaign mechanics.
I know Bucshon is the overwhelming favorite, but I refuse to believe that most people who vote for him are bad people, or dumb. I think I can reach them with a positive message that speaks to their values. It doesn’t not have to be this way. We can do much, much better.