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Guess the Political Party - Part 3
The other day I was browsing web sites belonging to various political candidates and office holders. I was struck by the fact that most of the sites offered no party affiliation on the home page. Of course, I was always able to eventually find the candidate's chosen party, but my hunch would have been for a more obvious pronouncement. Surely they're not ashamed of their party membership? Perhaps they have been collectively advised by high-priced consultants to downplay this information.
Let's Play a Game
I'll give you an "anonymized" version of a candidate's biography. You tell me his/her party.
The following bio was lifted directly from the candidate's web site; I removed his/her name and any geographical references. This what the candidate wants you to know about him/her.
Peruse the bio, then take the quiz to see the proud owner of the bio.
"(Candidate) grew up in a (home state) small business family where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When (Candidate) was young, his dad, Bill (Candidate), borrowed money to start (Candidate's last name) Equipment Company, where (Candidate) and his brother and sister all worked growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees and (Candidate)’s mom as bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people. (Candidate) became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing (Candidate's last name) Equipment Company and other small businesses. He knows firsthand the challenges small businesses face.
(Candidate) was born in (home town) where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally. He currently practices law with the (another city in home state)-based firm of Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey and is engaged in various community activities, including serving on the board of The Coalition for a Drug Free Greater (home city), a group he founded. He also serves on the Advisory Board of The (State University)’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs, where he is co-teaching his third public policy course. He is also Chairman of (home state)’s Future PAC, an organization devoted to developing creative solutions to (home state)’s economic challenges and supporting policies that create more jobs and opportunities for (home state) residents.
(candidate) is also a small business owner of the oldest continuously operating business in (home state), the historic (well-known restaurant) Inn in (city in home state). (Candidate) has been actively involved in the restoration of the hotel and restaurant, which he owns with his brother and sister. Several years ago, he co-authored a book highlighting (home state)’s and the (well known restaurant)’s Shaker history, called Wisdom’s Paradise.
(Candidate) traces his interest in public service to an internship with his (home city)-area Congressman during college. After college and law school, (Candidate) practiced international trade law in Washington, DC and business law in (home city). He left (home city) for two years to serve as White House Associate Counsel and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs in the (former president) Administration, before returning home to become a partner in his law firm.
In 1993, (Candidate) was elected to Congress, where he represented the diverse seven county Second District. He served for twelve years in Congress, and in seven elections, he never received less than seventy percent of the vote.
During his time in Congress, (Candidate) earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. (Candidate) was actively involved in the successful welfare reform efforts as a member of the committee that wrote the legislation, and he was a strong supporter of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. (Candidate) gained the respect of both Republican and Democratic colleagues through his successful bipartisan legislative initiatives, including measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add over fifty new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts.
In (year), (Candidate) left Congress when he was asked to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, the Cabinet-level official responsible for implementing and enforcing trade policy. In his one year in the job, (Candidate) was successful in reducing barriers to U.S. exports and increasing enforcement of trade laws to help level the playing field for American farmers, workers and service providers. Under his leadership, American exports increased and the U.S. brought its first successful legal case against China.
Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, (Candidate) was asked to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, another Cabinet-level post. A budget hawk, in his year as Budget Director, (Candidate) made his mark by proposing a balanced budget, fighting irresponsible earmarks, and putting in place new transparency for all federal spending. The deficit was cut in half during his tenure to less than one tenth the size of this year’s deficit.
During his time in Congress and in the Cabinet, (Candidate) and his wife, Jane, kept their home in (home state) and (Candidate) commuted to Washington for over 14 years.
(Candidate) is an avid outdoorsman and a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He has coached his eighth grade daughter’s soccer teams since returning home full-time two years ago. He has also been a consistent participant in two races in the Cincinnati area that raise funds for nonprofit causes. One is an annual 62-mile charity bicycle race that benefits Parkinson’s research and the other is Paddlefest, an annual canoe/kayak float on the (river in home state). This year (Candidate) and his son Will won their division in the Paddlefest canoe race."
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