Admittedly I’m not your typical congressional candidate.
My professional life has seen me do everything from working as a stockbroker—not a very good one—to playing professional blackjack (think of the movie “21”)—very successful in that endeavor.
Over the years I’ve dealt with everything from trading foreign currencies on the options and futures markets, to launching an apparel line.
Nowadays, I star in a History Channel show about the mystery of skyjacker DB Cooper, am appearing in a Discovery Channel show in the summer of 2021, and will be featured in a European TV show as well.
While I have never particularly cared for the term “entrepreneur,” it probably best describes me.
I have worked very hard in every venture I’ve pursued. I've been successful with some. I've failed miserably with others.
I have three children—all of whom are adults. My youngest (a daughter) attends Arizona State University and is a senior earning a double-major in Psychology and Political Science.
At times I failed as a “dead broke” father and struggled with child support. Other times I excelled as a father, in particular raising my youngest child (the ASU senior) as a single dad for several years—with no child support.
I started college right out of high school at the University of Utah, but left “temporarily” after one year as my young family was started. Years later—less out of a need, more out of desire—I decided to go back to college with the idea being that I would eventually finish what I had long-ago started. To that end, I matriculated at the Extension School at Harvard University a handful of years back and have been taking my time finishing up as I balance my professional life.
I am a very driven, no-nonsense, direct, and fact-based person. I don’t suffer fools well. That said, at times I have been that fool.
With all of this in mind, and as an 18-year resident of the district, I decided to throw my hat in the ring—first time in twelve years—and run for Congress. Honestly it wasn’t anything I considered until the Capitol insurrection on January 6th.
But in the words of Dante, “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Therefore, buckle up!