It seems every time I read about someone who has met Sam Brownback, the story is basically the same: Sam is a warm and genuine person, not a stereotypical phoney politician. I’ve been meaning to do a write-up on his passion for people and life. It’s time to at least catch a glance of this by spotlighting one person who recently encountered Sam on the campaign trail.
Over at New Hampshire Primary 2008 is a firsthand account of a blogger who met Sam Brownback when he visited an employer of 25 or so employees. Keep in mind that this is someone who disagrees with Sam “on many, or even most of the issues.” So he is no sycophant for Brownback.
I found the Senator to be quite genial and good-humored (due partially to Kansas winning in the NCAA tournament the previous evening). He was genuinely interested in what people were asking and saying. […] He didn’t just give us a stump speech. Instead, he tailored the subject and tone of his remarks to the audience at hand.
Senator Brownback also came across as a man who genuinely cares about the issues he campaigns on. The suffering and disease in Africa, making consumers more active in health care decisions, using the power of the market to address social issues — his passion was obvious and honest.
Delegator concludes with:
So, while I disagree with Senator Brownback on many, or even most of the issues, I will say that I quite enjoyed meeting him. He was engaging, intelligent, and thoughtful.
There is of course more at the original post. Read the whole thing to get a feel for Sam Brownback, the man. We’ll dig more into his passion for the issues and present other firsthand accounts in furture posts. Look forward to it!