Today was our Third District Democrat breakfast at Brevins in Churubusco, Indiana. Our monthly breakfasts are held in a back dining room, and we have speakers each month. I really enjoy them; the company is great and the conversations are always stimulating. I also get to see my brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Patty Weybright. Patty is the Whitley County Democratic Chair, so I guess our love of the political scene runs in the family.
Michael Montagono and his wife, Bethany, were in attendance today. Mr. Montagano will be announcing his run for the Third District congressional seat on Monday in Fort Wayne at the Embassy Theater. Of course we all insisted that he speak, so he inspired us by us talking about his ideas and his vision for the Third District. He will be facing incumbent Mark Souder – assuming Souder gets past any primary challenges.
Souder has been in office now for 14 years – 2 years past his pledge to limit himself to six terms. Yeh, I know everyone came up with reasons why he shouldn’t be held to that pledge. Boundary changes, dangerous times, the dog died, the computer crashed, and on and on. Regardless of the reason, Souder was absolved from keeping his promise, but it is time to change the guard.
And Michael Montagano is just the new face we need. Mr. Montagano is young and energetic. He has been traveling the state for the last nine months, meeting citizens – listening to citizens. And he doesn’t just listen as a courtesy – he is involved in the conversation. He pays attention to what is being said.
True listening is an art. Some listen to words go in one ear and out the other without really paying attention, and others listen and become a part of the conversation. Mark Souder falls in the first group – he always seems anxious to end the conversation and get away. Michael Montagano falls into the second group. One needs only to spend a few minutes talking with him to realize he listens and engages in a meaningful conversation about issues and concerns.
Yes, another congressional election looms on the horizon, and it really is time to change the guard.