In 2006, John Sarbanes was elected to Congress in the Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. Sarbanes was a lawyer who had high name recognition as the son of former US Senator Paul Sarbanes. His 2006 opponent was Compass Marketting CEO John White, who received over 33% of the vote. In 2008, in a poor year for Republicans, Sarbanes won reelection against an insurance broker with no name recognition and no website. His opponent still received over 30% of the vote. In a year where Republicans are angry and ready to actively get out the vote and fight for Congress the GOP needs a solid candidate to beat Sarbanes. I feel that Susan Schwab may be that candidate.
Susan Schwab served as US Trade Representative from 2006 until 2009. She’s a strong proponent of free trade and benefits from having nationwide name recognition. Prior to her tenure as US Trade Representative, Schwab was the President and CEO of the University System of Maryland Foundation from 2003 to 2006 and Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1995 to 2003. This statewide experience shows her commitment to the state of Maryland through her support.
Schwab’s elected politics experience is not extensive. Schwab worked in throughout the 1980s as trade policy specialist and then legislative director for former Senator John C. Danforth.
She’s motivated to work for solutions equitable to all sides involved – as seen by her handling of the US-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute. She’s got a sense of humor, as seen in her telling Charlie Rangel on Valentine’s Day that she’d be his Valentine while testifying before Congress. She’s a free trade dynamo who fought hard for bipartisan free trade deals.
Schwab is highly intelligent and motivated. Her experiences and story could make her a compelling candidate, especially in a year where the economy is of grave importance. Her experiences in international trade and business experience make her a perfect candidate to discuss economic issues. I feel that this current member of the FedEx board of Directors could be a great candidate for the NRCC to seek out.
Cross posted at Old Line Elephant