Diary

Cookie-cutter candidates face personal integrity candidates Tuesday, August 3rd

Republicans are terrified of being labeled partisan and mean-spirited, and most Republicans got to where they are politically by being nice guys or girls. That “hail fellow well met” that served you so well in the Legislature, Chamber, or the Rotary will just get you screwed in the executive branch. –

Art Chance

This diary focusses on five House races on Tuesday, August 3rd with Art's words echoing in my mind. These races will be a choice between the candidate that is a nice guy or girl who is popular at the Rotary Club, and was elected to the state legislature, and the candidate who believes principles and integrity matter more than being the nice popular Rotarian. If you are dissatisfied with your congress critter in the US House, then consider carefully how you go about replacing him or her. Be careful that you are not repeating the same mistakes that got you a rotten candidate in the first place.

Photos of the Cookie-Cutter Template Candidates

Paul Welday Kevin Yoder Jason Allen
Tim Walberg Vicky Hartzler

The candidates' photos above from top left to bottom right are:
Paul Welday MI-09
Kevin Yoder KS-03
Jason Allen MI-01
Tim Walberg MI-07
Vicky Hartzler MO-04

Here is some background information about these candidates:

Paul F. Welday is President of Renaissance Strategies, Inc., a leading public relations, marketing and corporate communications consulting firm based in Oakland County, Michigan. In January 1993, Mr. Welday began serving as Chief of Staff for Republican U.S. Representative Joseph K. Knollenberg from Michigan’s Eleventh Congressional District. He is a member of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Yoder served as president of both the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law society and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Kevin is a Kansas State Representative, serving the people of the 20th District, which includes Overland Park and Leawood. Currently in his fourth term, Kevin serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Kevin is active in several community organizations including the Overland Park Rotary Club.

Jason Allen is a member of Rotary International. Jason Allen is currently serving his second term in Michigan’s 37th State Senate District, representing Grand Traverse,
Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Chippewa and Mackinac counties. Allen is chairman of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee and the Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Economic Development & Regulatory Reform, Health Policy; and Local, Urban and State Affairs committees.

Tim Walberg served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1983 and served until 1999.

Vicky Hartzler has been actively involved in Farm Bureau for over 20 years having serving as President of the Cass County Farm Bureau and Chairman along with her husband, Lowell, of the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cass County Farm Bureau. In 1994 she ran for state representative and was overwhelmingly elected to represent parts of Cass and Johnson Counties. She served in the Missouri House of Representatives for six years.

Photos of the Personal Integrity Template Candidates

Anna Janek Jerry Malone & family Benishek2a
Brian Rooney Art Madden

The candidates' photos above from top left to bottom right are:
Anna Janek MI-09
Jerry Malone KS-03
Dan Benishek MI-01
Brian Rooney MI-07
Art Madden MO-04

Here is some background information about these candidates:

Anna Janek grew up in the former Czechoslovakia and experienced Cold War communism. At age 21 she decided it was time to flee her homeland, in search of freedom in America. She found jobs cleaning motel rooms, working in restaurants and doing basic seamstress work in Dearborn and Detroit. She decided to go to beauty school, even though she knew no English. Eventually, she bought a beauty shop and worked for herself, before starting a family. She and her husband have four adult children and three grandchildren and have lived in West Bloomfield, Michigan for 34 years.

Jerry M. Malone spent more than 30 years working in the Pharmaceutical industry with Marion Labs and successor companies. He learned a great deal about the Art of leading,
Motivating and Inspiring People to do their best from Ewing Marion Kauffman, who was surely one of the most prominent business leaders in Kansas City in the second half of the 20th century. He has visited most of the developed countries in Europe and spent a great deal of time in Japan.

Dan Beneshek was born in Iron River, Michigan. His mother was of Polish descent and his father of Bohemian descent. His dad worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps and then in the iron mines of Iron County. He died in a mining accident in 1957 and his mother, with the help of family, raised him and his brother. He graduated from West Iron County High School in 1970. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1974 and graduated from Wayne State Medical School in 1978. He’s served as a general surgeon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1983.

Brian Rooney was born into a famous football family. His grandfather, Art Rooney, founded one of professional football’s most storied franchises – the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Brian is more than a fan and Steelers’ Board Member, having played four years of NCAA football at Williams College on a team that went undefeated his senior year.

While still in law school, Brian joined the Marine Corps, went to Officer Candidate School in 1998, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Brian graduated Law School in 1999. Brian was stationed initially at MCAS Yuma, AZ. Brian was soon promoted to the rank of Captain. Brian transferred to MCAS Miramar, CA, becoming a military criminal prosecutor. Instead of sitting this war out, Brian led from the front by going to the front between 2004 and 2005.

Brian deployed to Iraq as part of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing. He also assisted the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit ‘win hearts and minds’ in Najaf. He was then assigned to the 1st Marine Division for a similar role during the Second Battle of Fallujah.

Brian was personally decorated three times for his service in the Marine Corps with Navy Commendation Medals, one of which was for his service in Iraq.

Art Madden worked his way through college earning a BS in economics from Washington University. Although he was accepted into law school, he was intrigued and challenged by the commerce of life and went on to earn a masters in economics from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and later passed the CPA exam.

He is a member of the U. S. Navy League, a life member of the U. S. Naval Institute, the National Association of Business Economists, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Society of CPAs, and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Art’s life experiences while growing up and working through college has prepared him to represent all of the people of the 4th congressional district. He knows the hopes and challenges of urban, suburban, and rural lifestyles. Arthur Madden understands the value of hard work and commitment to the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

So there you have it, short and sweet. I know there is more that can be said in favor and in opposition about each candidate I have listed. I expect there will be more said between now and next Tuesday. I also expect that some cookie-cutter template candidates will win, but I am hopeful that some of the personal integrity candidates win, especially one *cough* Dan Benishek *cough*.

Cross-posted at The Minority Report