So right here in Southern Ohio, there is a former contestant on the Apprentice and former Brand Manager of Procter and Gamble, Surya Yalamanchili running for Congress against the incumbent Jean Schmidt. Now I don’t have anything really against Schmidt but in her time in office, I can’t think of one thing she has done except lecture six year olds on abortion.
Yalamanchili knows people might have trouble pronouncing his name so instead he goes by “Chili” and his website is VoteChili.com. Now of course, I don’t agree with every stance on the issues Surya makes but here is one thing that impresses me. He has refused to accept any money from corporations or PACs (political action committees) in his bid for Congress. So many politicians talk about “corruption” caused by corporate donations yet not one does anything about it…until now.
I also like the fact that just because he is a Democrat, he doesn’t seem to be the type to toe the party line. In fact, in his debate with Schmidt he said “I’m on the side of the voters of the 2nd District…Both parties have failed America…It’s a system that’s corrupt.”
Too much of the impasse in Washington is due to line drawing. Wish you luck Chili (you’ll need it facing an opponent with 5x as much money and who is the incumbent)