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Annette Bosworth at the Brown County Republicans Reagan lunch

December 12, 2013
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Today Dr Annette Bosworth was the guest speaker for the Brown County Republicans Reagan Lunch. This was a great opportunity for Aberdeen area residents to meet one of the entries in the US Senate Race. This is the third event I’ve seen Dr Bosworth speak at. She really has improved her campaign pitch over the last few months. She seemed to be well-received by the crowd.

Starting off by saying she “never prayed to be a US Senator” was a good start. I’ve noticed a few politicians using this approach and it always seems to be a crowd-pleaser. Her speaking against the current US trend of turning into an “entitlement driven” society was also well received.

Most of her time was spent going through her personal history. If you get a chance it is worth hearing her history as a doctor specialized in “informatics“, trips to Hati, and her fight against government agencies. I won’t go into that story in this post, but if you get a chance to see her in person it is worth listening to. As to faith she said a book called The Circle Maker has become the guiding principle in how her family has made it through their hardships.

Dr Bosworth was asked a question about the Fair Tax. During her answer I thought one statement stood out: The “tax system is currently over-complicated to keep us from paying attention”. There didn’t appear to be a person in the room that disagreed with that statement. Making a system too complicated to understand is one certain way to keep people from wondering how the whole system works. As to answering the question about the Fair Tax all she had to say was the “Fair Tax allows clarity”.

When asked about the current budget agreement she admitted she did not know much about it yet. (To be fair the agreement just came out last night and the experts still don’t know either.) Dr Bosworth did mention that the budget appears to be “much more patchwork than solutions”.

To end the event there was an attendee that asked what I think is a great question: “If you get elected to the US Senate, where do you start?” This is an area Bosworth needs help answering. She kept talking about communication skills and how change agents are needed in DC to support people such as Cruz. If this had been a debate I think this would have been a failed question for her. She had some good things to say. But there was no cohesiveness to the various answer she bundled together.

Going forward I’m not sure how much momentum she will be able to pick up. She has an interesting story, and that is always good for a candidate. It is also quite clear from hearing her talk that she is very data driven and would likely take an analytical approach to legislation. Will that help her in this campaign? I’m not sure. That is up to the voters to decide.

PS.  There are reports out there with allegations that contradict parts of her story. I would say meet with her or Google her name and decide for yourself. I attended this meeting to find out more about her. Since I already support someone she is running against in this race, I did not feel it was morally right making her go on the defensive publicly over the issue.

  1. December 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Good grief — am I going to have to do this entire investigation myself? Supporting Stace doesn’t make it immoral for you to ask her where the raffle money went.

    • December 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

      In that venue I didn’t feel it was right.

  2. Reagan Republican
    December 13, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I agree with Ken on this one. There is a time and place for everything.

    Ken, Thanks for covering the lunch. You are a great addition Republicans in Brown County. Keep up the good work!

    • December 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

      The lunches may have in interesting problem soon. I don’t know if that room will be large enough if the crowd size keeps getting bigger!

  3. Merlyn Schutterle
    December 13, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I really appreciate your information, but I wonder where you get the time and money to cover all this stuff. Are you taking contributions?

    • December 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Haha, no. No contributions. I don’t even have advertising on my blog. Just self-employed. All the time I spend going to these events I make up with late nights at the office..

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