Shortly after I wrote this post yesterday, I received a note from Gary Trauner, whose campaign for Wyoming’s at-large seat in Congress fell 500 votes short in 2006. Gary is a regular TWN reader and offered to take a few turns with me down the mountain.
TWN readers will probably be interested in Gary’s policy outlook. There are obvious limits on how deep political conversations can become on freezing cold chairlifts, but a few things became immediately clear. Gary is strongly committed to accountability in government and he takes a non-ideological approach to policy decisions. He is refreshingly in touch with happenings around Wyoming and equally interested in how America’s role in the world has changed.
These talks took up very little of our day today — and I hope there will be time for more such conversations in the future. Today was about skiing, so I should pass along sincere thanks to Gary and his friends Ruby and Andrew — fantastic skiers all — for showing this Yankee around Wyoming’s biggest, baddest mountain on a fantastic powder day.
Gary’s 2008 run for the House is going to heat up relatively soon. Should he win, he would not only bring a rational and down-to-earth perspective to Washington, he would almost certainly be the best skier in the House of Representatives (Mark Udall, running for the Senate this year, would apparently offer the stiffest competition).
— Scott Paul