Here is the thirty-second article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is an Oregonian. He’s Oregon Tea party founder John Kuzmanich, and he is being honored for his dependence on the government he hates and his Republican business practices.
Apparently "fiscal and personal responsibility" are for other people. He hasn’t made a mortgage payment in over three years. And the process servers can’t find him:
Washington County court records show Kuzmanich is more than three years behind in mortgage payments on a Beaverton duplex. The lender, the Federal National Mortgage Association, better known as Fannie Mae, has gone to extraordinary lengths—unsuccessfully, so far—to find Kuzmanich and serve him with court papers.
Kuzmanich, 45, is a University of Iowa grad who built a family trucking business and worked as a mortgage broker. He burst onto the political scene in 2009, founding the Oregon Tea Party and launching a bid for the 1st Congressional District seat then held by U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.).
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Here’s some video of him included with the article:
He’s obviously not the brightest bulb in the pack.
I actually had occasion to meet him. Here’s how I described it in 2010.
When I got off the train, I immediately encountered a bunch of Teabaggers carrying “Resist the Nanny State” and “Vote for Dudley” signs. I decided to talk to them. A guy stepped forward, as I approached them, and I said, “So you’re for privatizing Social Security and letting people take care of their own, instead of depending on big government? He agreed. And I said, and you’re for privatizing Medicare and letting people taking care of their own, instead of depending on big government? Again he agreed. Next I said, “Any you’re for extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich? He agreed again. “And with you want more programs to encourage free trade? He said yes. Heh heh. I said, “Then what you have told me is that you don’t want the nanny state to provide the benefits and services for which people have paid, but you do want the nanny state to continue benefits and services for the very rich and criminal corporations. That’s not freedom. That’s Teabuggery! He yammered and stammered a bit, but had nothing more to say. They objected to me taking their picture.
I wish I knew he was a government loan deadbeat then. I could have had even more fun with him. As it was, passers by were laughing at him and patting me on the back.