Democratic 6th congressional district candidate Andy Schmookler with wife April, Sen. John Edwards and former council member Rupert Cutler.
Andy Schmookler has been covering the 6th congressional district trying to get his message out to voters. He wants voters to hear the truth and incumbent Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte is avoiding debating him because he fears the truth said Schmookler.
Schmookler is looking to the media to ratchet up the contest between him and Goodlatte. Dr. Schmookler has conducted regular radio conversations, authored many books and makes regular speaking appearances.
“The core indictment I have of Mr. Goodlatte is that he is a willing servant of a force more destructive then anything we have ever seen at center stage in American politics … a comprehensive assault on the foundations of American democracy,” said Schmookler. This is what he wants voters to know and the media to disseminate.
He said the harsh statement was not for political effect our radicalism such as what comes from extremists or people who don’t know what they are talking about.
Virginia Senator John Edwards was there to give his message credibility. Schmookler as an undergraduate at Harvard College graduated summa cum laude in Social Relations in 1967. He went on to earn his doctorate in 1977 at the University of California at Berkeley. He’s done studies on national security. “He’s a man of great substance … he’s a voice worth listening to,” said Edwards.
In 1984, Dr. Schmookler was awarded the Erik H. Erikson Prize by the International Society for Political Psychology. In 1985 Esquire Magazine selected him as “one of the men and women under forty who are changing the nation.” The International Biographical Center (of Cambridge, England) selected him, in 1999, as one the “Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century”.
He and his wife April live in Shenandoah County two miles from West Virginia near Orkney Springs.
“We have as serious a crisis right now as we’ve ever had with the possible exception of the crisis over slavery,” said Schmookler. “The future of this country is at stake.” He’s come to a point of deep conviction he said.
He said he realized that it was difficult for the press to cover his message “yet it’s of urgent importance that it be considered … our government is up for auction in a way it has not been in our lifetime. We’re losing one person – one vote. It’s really come to one dollar – one vote,” he said. “There is such a level of dishonesty. Bob Goodlatte’s communications to the people in this district are filled with falsehoods.”
Schmookler has been holding town halls and speaking to voters throughout the 6th congressional district. It has been more difficult this year for congressional challengers with minimal resources to be heard above the presidential and senatorial debates since Virginia has become critical in the 2012 elections. Schmookler is still waiting for Goodlatte to set a schedule for debates.
Posted By Valerie Garner
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