Hugh Traulsen is a 70 year old veteran who served Stateside in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He trained many enlisted men during that time.
Recently, Traulsen contacted the Dave Brat Campaign to see if Mr. Brat would “witness” his absentee ballot as he filled it out and voted for Dave Brat. He left a message with the Brat campaign. This was not the first time he had attempted to contact the Brat Campaign concerning this matter. Weeks before, he had attempted contact, with his phone calls going unanswered.
A few days after his last phone call, Brat Campaign Communications Director Brian Gottstein, called back to state that Mr. Brat did not care to witness Mr. Traulsen filling out his absentee ballot. Gottstein’s stated reason for not being interested was that Mr. Traulsen had also contacted the Jack Trammell Campaign (Traulsen had contacted the Trammell Campaign when his initial phone calls to Brat went unanswered). When Mr. Traulsen tried to explain further, Gottstein immediately hung up the phone with Traulsen in mid sentence. For the record, Trammell’s campaign never even responded once.
We get it, Mr. Gottstein. You don’t give a damn about our veterans. Your response will most likely be that you had no idea Mr. Traulsen was a veteran (even though he told you that he was a verteran). So, does that mean it’s OK to slam the phone down on a 7th District constituent as long as they are not a veteran???
The question isn’t what should we do about Gottstein. He is really inconsequential. The question is: What will Dave Bratt do about Mr. Gottstein? Will he have the balls to stand up to Gottstein and tell him that his actions are ruining his (Brat’s) chances of winning the election and then apologize to Mr. Traulsen and the other veterans that his campaign has offended? Or will he continue to allow his campaign to be represented by someone who it seems has contempt for most people in the 7th District? Just remember. Gottstein gets paid whether Dave Brat wins or loses. So the outcome does not matter to him.
The Dave Brat we saw before the Republican Primary ended is not the same Dave Brat we are seeing now. If you don’t believe me, just read this note posted on Facebook by an 18 year old 7th District constituent, who will be voting for the first time on November 4th.
If Dave Brat will allow one of his campaign staffers to treat an Air Force veteran in such a despicable manner, how can we expect Dave Brat to go to Washington, D.C. and fight for reforms within the Veteran’s Administration?
The only candidate running for Congress in the 7th District that was willing to meet with Mr. Traulsen was Libertarian James Carr. After talking with Carr about his platform, Traulsen was impressed to the point that he decided to vote for Carr. James Carr “witnessed” Traulsen filling out his absentee ballot.
Maybe voters in the 7th District should hang up the phone on Dave Brat and go cast their votes for James Carr. Sounds like a solid plan to me.