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In the hot seat today is Rodney Glassman, who has an exploratory committee looking at running for US Senate from Arizona. Today's interviewer is Spedwybabs.
On with the show:
BWIUBS: 1. Looking at your district/state on a map...what does the outline of your district resemble?
Rodney: Arizona looks like a Rhino’s head!
BWIUBS: What is your favorite crayon color?
BWIUBS: What is your favorite thing about being a candidate?
Rodney: Meeting new people and hearing their ideas
BWIUBS: What is your least favorite thing about being a candidate?
Rodney: That there are only 24 hours in a day
BWIUBS: When you were growing up, what did you want to be and why?
Rodney: I wanted to be a lawyer or entertainer so I could help people and make them smile
BWIUBS: IF you were on death row, what would you want your last supper to be and who would you want to cook it?
Rodney: I would want my wife to cook a delicious stew and her delicious English toffee
BWIUBS: If you could run for office in any other district/state...where would you do so and why?
Rodney: I love Arizona and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else
BWIUBS: Favorite sport and team in that sport?
Rodney: Ice hockey, Phoenix Coyotes
BWIUBS: Most recent book you read?
Rodney: Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burns (my fiancé and I are currently working on a children’s book)
BWIUBS: What kind of car do you drive?
Rodney: Chevrolet Tahoe
BWIUBS: Favorite character in the movie "The Breakfast Club"?
Rodney: John Bender
BWIUBS: Where are you when answering these questions?
Rodney: With my fiancé at our house preparing for our wedding this Sunday
BWIUBS: Best meal you've had at a banquet since becoming a candidate?
Rodney: Foundation for Burns and Trauma dinner, stuffed chicken breast
BWIUBS: If you could be any cartoon character...which one would you be?
Rodney: Roadrunner- I like how he is fast moving and always checking things out!
BWIBUS: The day after the election, win or lose...which amusement park would you prefer to visit and why?
Rodney: California Adventure- I really enjoy the Soaring California and the iced lemonade
BWIBUS: If you could come up with a new animal as the mascot for the Democratic Party which animal would you pick and why?
Rodney: The Tortoise- It may be slow moving and cautious but it usually wins the race
BWIUBS: What is your favorite board game and why?
Rodney: Life- it is a great way to learn the ups and downs about what is going to come about for children and at the same time always requires a little luck with each spin
BWIUBS: What was the last movie you saw in a movie theater?
Rodney: The Engagement (I love Romantic comedies)
BWIUBS: As teenagers, many of us had posters of our favorite movie stars, musicians etc on the walls....what was on the walls of you room as a teen ager?
Rodney: Pictures of my family
BWIUBS: Last but not least....say one nice thing about your Republican opponent.
Rodney: He has been a United States Senator for more than two decades and now it is time for a new voice in Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of Arizona and our needs.
And there you have it folks...feel free to ask Rodney more questions in the comments and if he doesn't make it in to answer them himself, I'll forward the questions to him and we'll post his answers in another diary soon.
Also keep an eye out as Spedwybabs will be doing a live blog with Rodney Glassman here on Daily Kos very soon!