Campaign spending has become totally out of control, according to Ogden resident Ryan Combe who faces another Democrat, Donna McAleer, in the June 26 primary election. The winner of the primary will face Republican incumbent First District Congressman Rob Bishop in November.
ON KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Combe said Americans need to get the interests of corporations out of elections.
“We have politicians right now who have lost track of the good of their community,” Combe explained. “Once they get to Washington, DC, when they’re voted into office, they’re no longer voting for what’s best for the citizens in my town, in my district.
“They’re saying, ‘how can I repay the favors given to me by all of these corporations that have given me millions of dollars.'”
So how could this be turned around? Combe says Congress should pass a Constitutional amendment that would make elections federally funded. He says Bishop has taken millions of dollars from corporations.
He’s only 30 years old but Combe sees his age as an advantage. If Combe can defeat Mcaleer in the Democratic primary he’ll be facing Republican Rob Bishop. Combe said he feels president Obama is getting good things done in spite of people like Bishop.
“He’s literally campaigning on the fact that he’s voting against every single thing the President tries to do,” Combe said of Bishop. “He’s bragging about the fact that he votes against the President’s ideas more than any other member of Congress.
“So considering that he has obstructionists like Rob Bishop in Congress I’d say he’s done okay.”
Combe says like many other Americans he is struggling to make house payments, and pay off student loans so he can identify with their problems. He is Director of Marketing for Weber State University Alumni and Combe has started several businesses, some of them yogurt-related.