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September 22, 2014

House Hopeful Brent Roske Mulls Congressional Council

House Hopeful Brent Roske Mulls Congressional Council

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Brent Roske, the entertainment vet currently running as an independent to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., is brainstorming all kinds of ways to stay ahead of the burgeoning pack of contenders who’ve cropped up around him — including bringing some of them under his wing.

In a campaign spot shot somewhat on the fly March 23 — Roske swears it was done in one continuous take, with no teleprompter — the political neophyte builds upon an earlier plan to tag-team the job with Waxman, opening up potential slots on a “congressional district council” to the handful of fellow candidates he believes are most serious about the job.

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Per the plan, a newly elected Roske would seek to convene weekly meetings with challengers he feels are most qualified to help him plug experience gaps, a roster that includes: former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel (fiscal issues), former candidate Bill Bloomfield (fiscal issues), state Sen. Ted Lieu (district concerns), Democratic candidates Barbara Mulvaney and Matt Miller (policy issues) and fellow independent candidate Marianne Williamson (cooperative governing).

“Just to be clear, I haven’t asked any of these people whether or not they’ll serve on this council,” Roske said. “But I bet if I get elected, they’ll show up.”

Roske told HOH his original offer to Waxman still stands, but noted he had not heard from the congressman about teaming up.

In terms of televising his work day on the Hill — part of his plan to deliver an “accessible open Congress” to constituents — Roske noted that he’s not yet worked out all the logistics of bringing a “Truman Show”-like experience to Capitol Hill, but he’s fired up about giving it a go.

“I would continuously be pushing the envelope if I was told ‘no’ in any particular circumstances,” Roske said of his desire to bring the public even deeper into the political process than is currently allowed, adding, “What I have in mind … is a totally different animal than C-SPAN.”

His last plank, a weekly stump speech out on the steps of the Capitol, has a very “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” ring to it. Which, it seems, is exactly what Roske is going for.

“It would be brazenly patriotic,” he said of the rah-rah rhetoric he hopes to shower upon slowly shuffling staffers and wide-eyed tourists at the crack of dawn (7 a.m. Eastern) each Wednesday.

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  • LA’s Business

    People like you run but don’t have any relationships with the community. You are like Ted Lieu and will NOT get my vote!

  • georgene urbanek

    I love this guy. He will be awesome. Vote Roske for Congress!!!! He is the real deal!!! FINALLY!

  • YONATAN C

    I wish to thank the Republican Senate, on behalf of the two million of us unemployed workers with families, who have been hurt and have struggled economically throughout these past several months without our continued benefits. It’s comforting to know that they are truly the party for ” family values”. This is clearly shown by their compassion and their generosity towards the poor. You can say that they made me what I am today, unemployed, and living on the street. While they continued playing their “party politics”, and taking frequent breaks and vacations, many of us have faced eviction from our homes, bankruptcy, and many are currently homeless like me. I think it was very kind and understanding of you to label us “lazy”,and “unwilling to work”. It’s our fault for the economic meltdown. After all, it was because of our own greed and unsound decision practices, that the poor Banking and Airline industry needed to be bailed out with our tax payer’s dollars. I’m so happy that all those poor bankers and CEO’s didn’t have to face prosecution , or be fined in anyway. I would hate to think that they suffered in any way. It warms my heart as I’m living on the street, that your lives are going well and that your families are all well fed, and have a beautiful home.

  • YONATAN C

    I wish to thank the Republican Senate, on behalf of the two million of us unemployed workers with families, who have been hurt and have struggled economically throughout these past several months without our continued benefits. It’s comforting to know that they are truly the party for ” family values”. This is clearly shown by their compassion and their generosity towards the poor. You can say that they made me what I am today, unemployed, and living on the street. While they continued playing their “party politics”, and taking frequent breaks and vacations, many of us have faced eviction from our homes, bankruptcy, and many are currently homeless like me. I think it was very kind and understanding of you to label us “lazy”,and “unwilling to work”. It’s our fault for the economic meltdown. After all, it was because of our own greed and unsound decision practices, that the poor Banking and Airline industry needed to be bailed out with our tax payer’s dollars. I’m so happy that all those poor bankers and CEO’s didn’t have to face prosecution , or be fined in anyway. I would hate to think that they suffered in any way. It warms my heart as I’m living on the street, that your lives are going well and that your families are all well fed, and have a beautiful home. I bet the millions of us unemployed are dancing in the street just knowing that you are living the dream.

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