Congress needs new leaders like Kurtz

I explained my support for Tony Kurtz and – more broadly – the need to give Congress a serious makeover in the La Crosse Tribune today:

Imagine that your car is rusting out. It’s burning oil, and all the warning lights on the dashboard are on. Now imagine your mechanic blames it on salt and moisture, the oil his apprentice used, and faulty parts he installed, writes a statement about the tragedy of depreciation, and then refuses to do anything about it.

Could you imagine paying that mechanic $174,000 a year? Appalled, you’d find a new mechanic immediately.

The comments section is interesting, too. It seems that the internet trolls vaunted for their 24/7 commitment to monitoring and responding to each others’ comments are firmly in the Van Doren camp. So long as they stay in their basement lairs and away from polling places, all with the world is well.

Whole thing here.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.