By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Robert “Rob” Shattuck is running for Congress to represent Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District. Recently, the retired attorney spoke to the Republican Women of Trussville (RWOT) at their candidates form at the Greyson Valley Country Club.
Shattuck said, “I am probably number 7 in the polls if I am in the poll at all. You have a stark choice. The other six candidates tell you that your enemy is Obama and the Democrats.” Shattuck said that the actual enemy is the political class in Washington who keep people divided for their own personal benefit.
On healthcare, “Where were Republicans in the first six years of the bush administration when they were in power and they didn’t do anything? They gave up the power or the power was taken away from and now we have this monstrosity called the Affordable Care Act.”
Shattuck asked, “Do you think that average Democrats and average Independents want the EPA to kill small business? No. They want jobs and they want small business. Do you think that average Democrats and average Independents sit around wanting to see the national debt increase? I don’t think so. The other six say your enemy is Obama and the Democrats. Average Republicans, average Democrats and average independents have a common enemy and that is the political class in Washington D.C.”
Shattuck said that the political class in Washington seeks to keep American polarized and they use money to accomplish that end. Shattuck said that he wants to fight the money monster in politics. I have been going around impugning the political class in Washington, but he is not alone in recognizing this.
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig has written a book in which he proposed creating a Super PAC dedicated to the one goal of implementing meaningful campaign finance reform and the end of super PACs and Shattuck said that he supports Lessig’s goals and urged the RWOT members to read Lessig’s book.
Shattuck says that Congress is not functioning anymore and that it is not representing the people of this country any more. The money in politics has created a Congress that is not of, by, and for the American people.
Shattuck said, “I am a long shot.” It would take a voter uprising against politics as usual for him to be elected but the reaction to that would send shockwaves that would be felt in other districts across the country.
Robert Shattack said, “Please keep your mind open and pay attention for the next 30 days.”
Shattuck is running in a crowded District Six field that includes: state Representative Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood, prominent Harbert executive Will Brooke, state Senator Scott Beason (R) from Gardendale, Pelham mattress manufacturer Tom Vigneulle, Alabama Policy Institute co-founder and longtime President Gary Palmer, and Indian Springs orthopedist Dr. Chad Mathis.
Longtime Sixth Congressional District incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia is not seeking re-election.