Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Blount Countian profile questionnaire

2014 interview outline for candidates for political office
State House (concise answers)
Personal profile
• name:  Robert Shattuck
• age:  67
• born in: Bryn Mawr, PA ; reside in: Mountain Brook, AL
• how long residing in Blount County or brief statement of
Blount County background/connection if any, with dates:
No Blount County background or connection. 
• family details: spouse’s full name (including maiden); children’s
names/ages; if above not applicable, cite family connections
Wife: Fiona Coyne Shattuck
Sons: Conor Shattuck, age 28; Thomas Shattuck, age 24
• high school attended and graduation year: Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, OH, graduated 1965
• college(s) attended and degree(s) earned w/years, graduation
year(s):  Bucknell University 1965-66; Dartmouth College 1966-69, graduated 1969, B.A. degree
• postgraduate education/other relevant special training: Harvard Law School, 1969-72, J.D. degree;  New York University Law School, 1976-77, LLM. in Taxation
Work background
• currently employed ( or owner of) as ____at____ and duration,
briefly describe job, if not obvious (e.g. if you own/work at
HOT Consultants, Inc., tell what the industry is and briefly
describe your position there): Retired
• brief work history, since high school (or college) to present,prefer
ably with approximate dates (short bullet points):
Variously corporate, tax and bond lawyer, employed at:
Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander, New York, NY, 1972-76
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York, NY, 1977-79;
Haskell Slaughter & Young, Birmingham, AL, 1979-2003
Organization memberships, leadership positions, previous political
office, etc. (up to five items)  Bar Associations
Why are you running for office? (short paragraph) 
I believe that, in Washington DC, there is NOT government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and that the causes of that condition are also causes of Congress being dysfunctional and not able to do its job properly for the American people.  Further, I believe the political class in Washington personally benefits from the foregoing conditions and will not, of its own accord, try to do what is needed to change those conditions.  Only the citizens acting in concert can force needed changes to be made.  My candidacy is to try to contribute to doing that.
State your qualifications for office.(up to five bullet points)
Superior mental (including quantitative) abilities needed for: understanding and analyzing complex problems (including their budgeting and financial aspects), and conceptualizing, articulating, organizing, prioritizing and executing plans, projects and other activities regarding same.  
Great interest in and substantial knowledge about public policies.
Perseverance in pursuing objectives.
An independent thinker.
State your platform priorities.(up to three bullet-point issues/items)
Because of my above stated belief that there is not government of, by and for the people, and Congress is dysfunctional and unable to do its job properly for the American people, my platform places primacy on Congress and the country undertaking to diagnose the causes of such conditions and agreeing on and implementing a plan to try to correct the conditions.  My platform gives my diagnosis and ideas.  These need to be the subject of national and Congressional discussion and debate out of which there needs to come agreement on a plan that shall be tried. Until the conditions are corrected, there will substantial failures to act and/or errors by Congress, and my platform makes the correction of such conditions of such primacy that there are no other priorities in my platform to mention.
If there is one issue that you would want associated with your candidacy more than any other, what would it be?
I want the above described platform matter associated with my candidacy exclusively.
Candidate’s statement to voters:
I am the only candidate who is discussing, endeavoring to diagnose the causes of, and putting forth ideas for correcting, the conditions of there not being government of, by and for the people in Washington DC, and of Congress being dysfunctional and not able to do its job properly for the American people. This has primacy, because, until those conditions are corrected (or significantly improved), there will continue to be substantial failures to act and/or errors in actions taken by Congress.  The other candidates offer only to be part of those continued failures and errors.

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