The way Chris Thieneman sees it, the 144,000 votes against the library tax last fall were, in reality, votes of support for him. So he’s decided that a run for the District 14 Metro Council seat isn’t a big enough deal, and he’s put both feet in for the 3rd District U.S. Congressional race, no matter what Anne Northup does between now and the filing deadline.
Thieneman held a press conference this morning at a bingo hall in Highview, a place where the working folks buy into his campaign themes of limiting taxes and fighting special interests. He was introduced, in fact, as “The Tax Slayer” by David Toborowsky, a long-time supporter and health care expert who until recently worked in state government.
With three TV cameras looking on, Thieneman laid out his plans for the race, saying he’s fighting against all the special interests, including the establishment folks behind the library tax, which he claims incumbent John Yarmuth represents. It’s almost as if Thieneman has already written off those high-profile locals who supported the library tax, betting his anti-tax coalition will overcome and outnumber any resistance. Money, he said, isn’t as big an issue as the real issues – like the mortgage crisis that he says has killed his homebuilding business.
In order to avoid that kind of obligation to monied interests, he said he wouldn’t be raising a lot of money.
“I’m not going to be a puppet for those people,” he said. “I’m going to be a puppet for the people.”
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