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Congressional candidate stops in Greene County

Monday, April 16, 2012

(By Sabrina Westfall) Indiana 8th District Congressional candidate Dave Crooks (D-Washington) spoke with Linton residents John and Roberta Brazil during his stop at The Grill in Linton on Monday. [Order this photo]
Several Greene County residents were able to sit down with Indiana 8th District Congressional candidate Dave Crooks (D-Washington) on Monday.

On his tour of each of the 19 counties in the 8th District, Crooks stopped at Kountry Kitchen in Jasonville Kitchen and The Grill in Linton.

"The 8th District is very large. If you were to make an 'X' over the district, it would cover Mount Vernon to Spencer and Tell City to Cayuga," Crooks explained.

As the owner of DLC Media of Washington -- which Crooks noted DLC stands for his initials -- he said he is familiar with small business.

He owns two radio stations in Washington, and one in Vincennes.

"As a business owner, I know how to create jobs and to budget," Crooks noted.

Crooks retired from the Indiana House of Representatives in 2008, having served eight years as the 63rd District representative.

He added that personal reasons forced him to retire from the House of Representatives.

"I don't believe the current congressman is working in the district's best interests," Crooks said about incumbent Larry Bucshon (R-Evansville).

Bucshon will be facing Republican candidate Kristi Risk, of Spencer, in the May 8 primary election.

Crooks said as he visits each county in the 8th District, he doesn't give a big speech.

"I want to do less talking and more listening," Crooks said. "I want to hear what's on peoples' minds."

He said one of the major issues people are talking about is the cost of fuel.

Crooks' plan to reduce the fluctuating $4 per gallon gas prices include looking into domestic drilling or participating in the Keystone Pipeline -- which would bring oil to the United States from neighboring Canada.

He noted another of the major issues he continuously hears about is senior citizens upset about Bucshon's vote to end Medicare and implement the "Ryan Plan," authored by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

"The Ryan Plan would end the Medicare guarantee that has worked so well for four decades," Crooks said.

He noted the Ryan Plan would turn senior health benefits into a "coupon" for private insurance companies, which would cause senior healthcare costs to rise.

When it comes to "ObamaCare" -- the healthcare option President Barrack Obama helped create -- Crooks said there are some positive aspects.

"We need to recognize there are things in the act that can help people in this district," Crooks noted.

He said as ObamaCare continues to get "demonized," people are confused and do not know what good could come of it.

Crooks noted if someone with diabetes were to switch to their employer's insurance plan, they would still be covered despite the pre-existing condition.

"As for the mandated insurance, we will have to wait for the Supreme Court's decision," Crooks said.

Crooks said he recently "out-raised" incumbent Bucshon in fundraising efforts for the first quarter by a 2-1 ratio.

In the fundraising time frame, Crooks said one of his concerns was a donor to Bucshon who is an out-of-state political action committee, and multi-billion dollar company, Koch Industries.

Crooks said Koch Industries is an advocate for more tax cuts for the wealthy.

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