Michael Tenenbaum signs are up all around town.
Click on continue reading to find out more about the Tenenbaum for congress event I attended.
A few weeks back The Tenebaum team invited me out to meet their candidate. I had a chance to learn about his background, his ideology, and his plans for the future.
Michael Tenenbaum knows running for congress against an incumbent is tough. He shared the story of a supporter asking why he didn't just buy a gun and shoot himself in the head, since that would be less painful.
Tenenbaum is a small government libertarian leaning conservative. Labels are hard to fit on people, but in the time I had, this is the best I can do. He favors more states' rights and less federal roles in our society.
One of the most obvious questions is why he chose to run now, not latter. Tenenbaum has a great answer. Because he wants to change things before it is too late.
The current Republican congress is guilty when it comes to this reckless spending. If we keep electing the same people, of course we won't get change. So Tenenbaum favors changing who represents us to get spending under control before it is too late.
Tenenbaum also doesn't buy that Gallegly will accomplish much in his last two years. Tenenbaum points out the committee structure that he claims has already skipped over Elton in the past. He doesn't believe ( And I agree) that Elton will be picked to head an important committee when he has already announced he is retiring. Add to all of this the growing chance that Republicans will be in the minority and that is the argument for change.
So, his basic argument is:
If you believe congress is doing a fine job, vote for Gallegly.
But Tenenbaum doesn't believe Gallegly is the one to start working on the long term problems. I guess the old quote " If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" could sum it up.
On a personal note, Michael Tenenbaum and his staff are very friendly people and I'd like to thank them for the invite and their time.