So I heard on Twitter that a candidate by the name of Evan Feinberg was using his fandom of Pittsburgh Sports in his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 18th District United States Congressional race. Evan was nice enough to answer some questions touching both sports and politics.
Let me make this abundantly clear. This is not an endorsement in any way of Mr. Feinberg. I don’t live in his district – or anywhere near it for that matter- and it has nothing to do with trying to influence an election on my behalf.
I figure it’s a nice way to get to know a different side of someone who very well may have a big impact on our readers lives.
Questions are in bold, answers are in Italics.
First off what made you run for office?
Our country is nearly $16 trillion in debt and set to double that number over the next ten years. Career politicians are spending more and more money and our federal government is out of control. Worse yet, it’s as if Members of Congress took management lessons from Ed Wade — or worse yet David Littlefield! They make decisions to protect their job rather than create jobs for their constituents. We need to replace career politicians with common sense leaders who will put the next generation before the next election. That’s why I’m running.
Speaking of David Littlefield, you are a huge Pittsburgh sports guy, so which is harder to deal with, 19 straight losing seasons, or career politicians?
Career politicians threaten my son Luke’s future. They’ve heaped $50,000 of debt onto his head – the amount every man, woman and child owes on behalf of irresponsible politicians. As hard as 19 losing seasons have been, they pale in comparison to our nation being pushed to the fiscal brink.
As a young kid watching Bonds, Bonilla, Van Slyke and Jay Bell, I would have never guessed we’d suffer this long. But the great thing about being a Pirates fan is that it takes real principle – we know who has stuck it out through the Pat Meares and Matt Morris years. It’ll be that much sweeter when we win it all in 2014.
I’m optimistic about the future of our country and the future of the Pirates. But I’ll say this, Neil Huntington and his team are much more responsible and forward-thinking than the U.S. Congress!
So then it sounds as if you’re a Front Office guy? You agree with the plan they are following?
Yeah, I like what Neal and his team have done. They came in with the cupboard bare and have built a great system. They’ve taken advantage of inefficiencies in the draft and have done some great work internationally, with Reno Gayo leading the charge. I’m excited about our system from Taillon and Cole all the way down to the exciting hitters in West Virginia. Everyone’s frustrated that they’ve picked the wrong stop-gap players the last few years, but those decisions are far less consequential. The front office has prepared us for long-term success.
All good sites.
If you could pick one event that you have personally witnessed as the pinnacle of Pittsburgh Sports what would it be?
I attended the Super Bowl in Tampa against Arizona and sat in the nose bleeds in the corner of the stadium. From there, I could see Santonio’s toes touch down and I knew we were champions. To me, the moment we became the winningest franchise in NFL history was a pinnacle moment.
Who do you rank as your top Pittsburgh athlete?
Mario Lemieux. I’ve never witnessed someone dominate like he did. And he always made it look so effortless. He is and always will be my favorite Pittsburgh athlete.
Hard not to love Mario.
I guess that’ll do it. The floor is yours. Say literally anything you want.
I love Pittsburgh. And I love Pittsburgh sports so much so that I’ve made Pittsburgh Sports a key part of my campaign.
The main reason I’m running is that our country is at a crossroads. People are hurting and our economy is in shambles. But we can prosper if we fire Dave Littlefield politicians like Tim Murphy and elect honest public officials who will put the next generation before their next election.
I hope your readers will visit my website, www.evanfeinberg.com, and consider voting for me on Tuesday April 24!
Thanks to Evan for taking the time to talk to us, especially with the election coming up and things being so hectic in regards to that.
Make sure you get out and vote on primary day though, even you Democrats who might think to stay home because there is no real presidential primary. All politics are local.