Democrat Sam Granato says he decided to run against Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Bennett because Bennett’s been in long enough and he’s failed to help bring people together so that more could be accomplished in Washington.Granato is a well-known businessman who has been appointed to key positions under both Republican and Democratic parties. Granato is also the president of the Granato Importing Company. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, March 29, Granato said he has held numerous positions of leadership in business and public service and now serves as chairman of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.”People are angry, people are mad,” Granato said. “And perhaps I was one of those disgruntled citizens that said, ‘I’m going to throw my hat in the ring and see what I can do to fix things.’ “I love public service. I’ve loved working with the Department of Alcohol and bringing people from both sides of the aisle into consensus with (a) common sense approach to what’s best for the citizens and what’s best for the business of the department. And overall we win.”As a candidate on the Democrat ticket, Granato was asked his opinion about the job President Barack Obama is doing.”He went in to try to change things,” Granato said of Pres. Obama, “and I think he’s been shell-shocked by lobbyists and by people that are so strongly against watching him succeed. “My feeling is he’s got great intentions but I don’t know where it’s going. He’s up against a brick wall.”Granato says he supports the new health reform bill but believes some changes need to be made. If elected, Granato says he would help add more common sense to the bill that he thinks will both help and hurt Democrats during this year’s election campaign.What is most important right now, he says, is for politicians to work together to create jobs and put people back to work.
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