As we've noted often here at Team America, two-time loser and perennial candidate for the 10th District, Dan Seals, doesn't seem to have much on his resume, especially in the area of community service and involvement.
We've never heard about him being involved with his school district, the local Rotary Club, the village park board, or really anything that would indicate he wants to get invovled with, and be a part of, the people of the 10th District. (Yes, I know he really lives in Jan Schakowsky's district, the 9th, but at least he could do volunteer for something in the 10th for a group or committee that overlaps where his house actually is.)
In fact, as we've said time and time again, Dan Seals' primary credential for running for Congress is the fact that he's run for Congress. (And, lost twice, we might point out, again).
So, imagine my surprise when I got a Google Alert the other day that noted something Dan Seals had actually volunteered for! I clicked through to the link and came upon Dan's brand-new re-designed website, which proudly touted a Great Lakes clean-up that he became involved with. Actually, this may be some kind of "astroturf" bloggy-thing, rather than his official campaign website, but since it clearly states that it's paid for by Dan Seals for Congress, it really doesn't matter.
The same page also noted that Seals recently volunteered for the "Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago," which the site explains is a year-round volunteer effort to collect food and deliver packages to the needy during Passover and Rosh Hashanah.
Hmmm. Wonder why he's touting that.
So, to make this point, I find it an appalling case of political pandering that the only time Seals volunteers for anything, or deigns to get involved in his community, is when he's running for office. Now, since he's been in campaign mode pretty much full time for five years, one might argue that there's really no distinction between his campaign life and his private life. And maybe you're right. But it occurs to me that the only kind of community involvement Dan Seals wants to be associated with is the kind that can get him a press pop. And I think the 10th District voters, as a whole, are smart enough to recognize a shyster when they see one.
Oh, I almost forgot. You simply must see the college kid that Seals hired as his "New Media Director" and website designer. His name is Max Temkin, a student at Goucher College, and claims to be a founder of a rather bizarre live-action game popular on some college campuses called "Humans vs. Zombies." Apparently the participants take on the roll of "humans" or "Zombies" and try to shoot each other with Nerf Guns. Dan, you must be very proud.
Don't know much about Goucher, but it appears that Karl Rove is scheduled to speak there in September. Boy, that's gotta hurt, Max.