This week, We The People-Southwest Washington (WTP) vetted Arthur Coday, Jr., M.D. as a Candidate for U.S. Senate. Dr. Coday is the fourth Candidate for U.S. Senate to be vetted by WTP, so far. I’m pleased to say that, for me, this makes “four out of four” in terms of candidates who have presented themselves for vetting by WTP, who offer clearly different and better alternatives to Patty Murray, the incumbent Senator, running for reelection.

At the outset of Dr. Coday’s vetting session, I probably had less on his background than I’d had on all the other candidates who WTP had vetted up to that point. To some degree, this was due to the fact that I was pretty familiar with the other candidates scheduled for vetting that same evening and I hadn’t taken as much time for research as I had for previous vetting sessions. I, at least, had spent enough time on the Art Coday For U.S. Senate Website – http://codayforussenate.com/ – that I recognized both Dr. Coday and his Campaign Manager when I saw them.

My lack of familiarity with Dr. Coday actually seemed beneficial, as I listened to his introductory remarks. Since I had few preconceived notions about him, I had more of a sense that I was genuinely starting to become acquainted with the man. He started by saying that, “We … We The People … are the best hope for our nation to avoid tyranny.” He went on to note the importance of remembering the essential role of Christian Faith in our nation and its foundation. In doing this, he quoted Lincoln saying, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go.” And, he quoted 2 Corinthians 3:17, “… where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Of course, I don’t speak for the whole of WTP but this was a great way for Dr. Coday to start connecting with me at the “grassroots” and to get me on board with his notion that it’s time for our nation to have a “Second Revolution”.

As Dr. Coday reiterated and expanded on aspects of his background that I had picked up from his campaign website, I started to get an idea of this “Candidate’s motives for running.” The key quality I look for, as a positive in a “Candidate’s motives for running”, is what I call “Having the heart of a servant”. Though it’s what I want to hear about from a candidate, it always seems a bit odd to me when they actually speak about indications from their background that they do have “the heart of a servant”. It’s a little like hearing someone say that they’re proud of how humble they are. Of course, that’s the case with all candidates, not just Art Coday. So, with that understood, I’ll say that one of the most significant indicators, for me, that this candidate has “the heart of a servant” is that, in order to be able to afford to continue to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients, he closed the office of his medical practice and started treating those patients in their homes. I, also, appreciated the fact that, at the end of the evening; after he and two other candidates had been vetted, with many attendees leaving early, with a three-hour return-drive to Seattle ahead of him; I found Art Coday at the backdoor of the venue, still shaking hands and engaging in conversation.

Although I, mostly, look to the Q&A portion of these vetting sessions for answers to the question, “How well equipped is the candidate to serve?”, observing Dr. Coday’s behavior in-person helped me with this too. At first, Coday struck me as maybe being a bit weak, as a presenter. But, I found that I enjoyed his presentation, including his good humor … I really liked his referring to Death Tax as “Taxation without respiration”. Eventually, I recognized that he was just a different sort of presenter … at least, different from me. I’m a Sales guy. So, I thrive on presentations. For me, getting to speak to someone or to present to a group is an end-goal. Coday reminded me a lot of a dear childhood friend I have who grew up to become an M.D. When I talk to him, I can tell he’s engaged in the conversation and that he cares about me but he seems to be almost distracted by something beyond that. With my friend, I’ve come to know that this “distraction” is that his focus is on learning what he can do to help me. I sum up that difference in him as being “wired differently” … the difference that led him to become a Doc. And, that’s the same sense I got about Dr. Coday. When you think about it, just that makes him a better choice to send to the Senate than a guy like me. I’d be happy just to get to speak to the VPOTUS and the other 99 Senators. Coday is more likely to speak to those folks in order to learn how to take actions that are helpful to us folks.

As usual, the Q&A was helpful. I can’t think of any of Coday’s responses that weren’t solid and well aligned with the views of WTP. His perspective on the Federal Reserve was very enlightening. It seems to me that, typically, candidates will speak to the need for an audit of the Fed. Dr. Coday pointed out that, in establishing the Fed, Congress had actually given away responsibility which he believes they should reclaim. Likewise, on the subject of “cutting spending”, I appreciated him pointing out the cost savings that could come from things like our nation making English its official language.

The final question addressed by Art Coday was a question that he says is the most common one to be asked on the campaign trail – i.e. “How can we know that, if we send you to DC, we can trust you to do what you’re saying you’ll do?” Dr. Coday offered some specific responses to that but, generally, he said, “Look at my life.” And, I recommend that you do just that, as one of the steps in your assessment of whether or not this is the candidate you want to support for election as one of our U.S. Senators. I hope some of my observations are helpful to you in that process. As I said earlier, I see Art Coday and the other three candidates for U.S. Senate who WTP has vetted so far, as being clearly different and better alternatives to Patty Murray. However, it’s up to you to determine if you agree with that and if so, to determine which one of the alternative candidates you’re willing to support.