State Senator D-Bryan Townsend was a political newcomer when he pulled off a gigantic upset in 2012 and beat Senate President Pro Tem Tony Deluca in a Democratic primary. Hear about some of the resistance he faced running against such a political heavyweight, how his political views were shaped by his father as a Newark police officer and his mom a teacher, and his thoughts on his 2016 Congressional run which had him finishing in second place. To view the show notes, head on over to electedofficialsofamerica.com/episode22.
1:50 – How did your blue collar roots mold you?
2:40 – Any dissonance between you being the son of a police officer and progressive?
5:40 – What was your professional life before your election?
8:04 – Any political inspirations when you were younger?
10:45 – How was it received when you announced you were running against DeLuca?
13:15 – Take me to the harshest, specific reaction you got from the Party.
15:00 – Did you think you were going to win?
18:10 – Darkest time of your campaign?
19:30 – What do you think about Delaware legislators also having a government job?
23:15 – Did you get some support from behind the scenes players?
24:15 – What would your message be to young people who might not withstand pressure from Party people?
26:30 – What can we do to reduce the bitterness in the country?
29:30 – What can you say about your Congressional run?
32:30 – What big lesson did you learn from that race?
34:30 – What legislation dealing with the heroin epidemic has been successful?
37:30 – What’s been your biggest lesson and biggest surprise so far?
40:00 – What’s the best advice someone has given you?
41:05 – What book had the biggest impact on you?
42:15 – What would your message be to the USA?