We sat down with Dan Claitor for a few minutes as we did with a few of the other candidates. While we are not endorsing any candidate in this race at this time, we do want to help our readers cut out candidates that’s probably not worth considering. We encourage our readers to focus on the candidates who we have done an interview with.
Louisiana Conservative: “What is the most important issue that you want Congress to tackle?”
Dan Claitor: “Well it kind of ties into some of the other issues that are going on there, but I think you can’t single it down to one. I think it’s an issue of the oversight function that we have to reign in where the executive branch is going these days as far as oversight. We have a lot of different matters that are going on from gun control, budget, debt ceiling, that I don’t think that you can pick any one particular issue in that they are all just too important. But I think we have to do better on the idea of legislative oversight.”
LC: “So you think congress really needs to exercise its proper role in checks and balances?
DC: “Exert itself there as opposed to being dictated to. Take their right place where its three equal branches of government”
LC: “Why should voters send you to congress?”
DC: “I think I have a proven record that people can look at, and when I say proven record I don’t mean just a political record. I have life experience to draw from. I have a finance degree from LSU so I have a good understanding of the large economic picture which we operate in. A lot of it was in the study of economics and I am a believer in the free markets. Two, I’ve had experiences as a prosecutor, that’s what I did when I came out of law school, I was a prosecutor and I understand that side of society in which we live. I’m a father, I’m a husband, I understand what’s involved in raising kids. I’m a small businessman both in my family business and in what I do. And then I have a clear record in the state legislature and so I would say I’m steady and predictable and have a good life experience to draw upon.”
LC: “How do you see the role of a congressman?”
DC: “The role of a congressman, certainly you’re one of 435 and that you have to be effective, to be able to operate within the group that you are assigned to. But it kind of goes back to the earlier question of the oversight function on the federal bureaucracy and to keep it from running away, making sure states maintain their power. I see it in the context of that earlier question as well but there is the legislative function as well but I think if we didn’t pass much in the way of any new legislation, we’d probably be alright in that we don’t need too much extra as far as the states being able to handle their own business. There’s also the issue of constituent services and that’s important to a lot of folks that just don’t know what their resources are within the federal government and that’s always been an important part of the congressman’s role. At the end of the day, leadership, oversight, reasonable legislation, and never forgetting that the states are in a good position to take care of their selves.”
LC: “What commitment are you willing to make to the voters?”
DC: “The commitment that I’m willing to make to the voters is essentially what I have done thus far in public service which is, I do my homework to back up (stances). I was elected to the Senate in April, 2009. I don’t vote on something that I haven’t read. I do my homework, I do my research, I listen to my constituents, I do my best to be responsive to that. My commitment is that I will continue to be the same person that I described as far as my life story and my history. I’ll continue to do my homework and I don’t expect that I would ever embarrass the people of the 6th district like you see some of the folks”
LC: “Easy question, What is your favorite quote?
DC: “It’s actually not that easy. I have a lot of different quotes that I like. I played sports in high school and so a lot of my coaches had really good stuff as a kid that inspired. One that I liked, and it’s not all that deep, I had a coach that used to like to tell us that the other can not make us not hustle” and that he was big on that work ethic that I was talking about and hustling. But as far as the political realm and in the “non-biblical” realm, I’d think I would have to go with Churchill on Success not being permanent, failure not being fatal, and that the important part is being able to pick up and continue on. It’s a paraphrase (The actual quote) ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’ and I think that’s a good one.
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