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Schneider Touts Experience To Help End Gridlock

Newly elected Congressman elect from the 10th District talks to Patch about what he wants to accomplish.

Long term business know-how and experience explaining the value of the United States-Israel relationship to members of Congress are some of the tools Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) says he will use to do his part ending Washington’s gridlock.

Ending the partisan tactics that have made passing legislation a challenge the past two years was a key promise Schneider made to a throng of supporters during his victory speech Tuesday. He then took time to explain how he would use his background to help.

Earlier: Schneider Beats Dold in 10th District Race

As a member of the business world for 25 years and particularly as a management consultant, Schneider stressed that he's earned a living getting people together and drawing ideas out of them that often resolved conflicts between parties.

“I've worked with a wide variety of companies, large and small, where success depends on getting everyone to sit down at the table and work together” Schneider said. “My job was to bring people together, get everyone to understand the issues we faced and work on solutions.”

That is the approach Schneider intends to bring to Washington. Not all members may be willing to try to find a solution with a freshman Democrat, but the newly minted representative elect said he will close no doors.

“I am open to sitting down with anyone,” Schneider said. One of the first people he plans to reach out to is the man he defeated for his new job, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth). “I want to sit down with Congressman Dold.”

Immediately after his victory Tuesday, Schneider sounded two themes Dold has consistently preached during his two years in office—legislating where there is common ground and providing economic growth through small business. Helping small business will be at the top of Schneider’s agenda, he said.

“I want to introduce legislation to assist small businesses to grow and prosper into the future,” he said when asked what would be his maiden bill. “The goal is to find areas of common ground where we can work together,” he added about his philosophy of accomplishment.

This approach is not new for Schneider. He started getting firsthand experience working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle 12 years ago as part of the New Leadership Network of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac).

During that time he educated former Rep. Barron Hill (D-IN) about Middle Eastern issues to the point the Congressman was able to persuade President George W. Bush to change a position toward then Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat. Hill is another person he intends to reach out to.

“Aipac is one of the few groups in Washington that consistently and successfully works with members of both parties so I personally understand how critical it is to have a bipartisan approach,” Schneider said. “It’s this same approach, bringing people together around a common cause that I hope to use towards tackling other issues.”

Schneider also demonstrated bipartisanship when he supported and donated money to now Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) during some of Kirk’s Congressional campaigns. That sparked criticism during Schneider’s primary battle to secure the Democratic nomination.

Schneider is willing to work with Kirk but gives that past support no extra weight. “I’ve said all along I will sit down with anyone (to end the gridlock).”

dold's supporter November 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
So is dold...living off his dad's company, and house, and name. Dold is fake, watch him destroy Rose Pest Solutions in 1 year, max.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Dold supporter, honestly you are know more than a disgruntled employ. If you think Mr. Dold did something illegal take it up with the labor board, there are plenty of government agency’s that will assist you in workers’ rights claims.
dold's supporter November 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Joe we did already...and the verdict comes BEFORe Dold runs in 2014...He will have something to put on his resume as a business owner: lawbreaker! I want then to see all those Republicans who had a problem with me for exposing Dold...what will they say then?
jenny smith November 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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Jose February 01, 2013 at 05:52 PM
ON GUNS ??? HOW DID THE SCHOOL SHOOTERS GET THE GUNS ??? FROM THEIR PARENTS WHO DID NOT LOCK UP THEIR GUNS...SOLUTION FOR THAT PROBLEM ??? PASSING A LAW REQUIRING ALL GUN OWNERS TO BUY A HEAVY DUTY GUN BOX AND TO KEEP THEIR GUNS LOCKED UP 24 --7...KEEP A HAND GUN OUT FOR HOME SECURITY, BUT IF YOU GO OUT OF THE HOUSE ? LOCK IT UP SO YOUR CRAZY OUT OF CONTROL KIDS CAN'T GET YOUR GUNS.. GANGS ??? PUT THEM IN JAIL----CLOSE THE GUN LOOPHOLE THAT SALE GUNS WITHOUT A BACK GROUND CHECK...DOCTORS REPORTING TO POLICE ANYONE WITH A MENTAL PROBLEM IS A GREAT IDEAL.. NEIGHBORS IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS CRAZY--MAKING THREATS ? CALL POLICE ....GUN BAN ?? IS NOT GOING TO FIX THOSE PROBLEMS, ONLY LAW ABIDING CITIZENS FOLLOW THE GUN LAWS.... PEOPLE HAVE ASKED WHY DO PEOPLE NEED AN AR 15 ?? M-14 RIFLE ?? MANY PEOPLE ARE COLLECTORS---ME ? I LIKE TARGET SHOOTING , MY FAVORITE THING IN THE MARINES.

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