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WisPolitics E-Profile: Scot Ross
4/8/2008

Name:
Scot Ross

Birthplace and date
Brookville, PA 6/14/69 (same day as Steffi Graf)

Contact info
E-mail: scot@onewisconsinnow.org
Website: www.OneWisconsinNow.org
Phone number: 414-220-9250
Mailing address: 207 East Buffalo Street, Suite 503, Milwaukee 53202

Title/Occupation
Executive Director, One Wisconsin Now & the Institute for One Wisconsin

Other jobs/job history
Handled communications for a number of candidates and elected officials including: Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, Kathleen Falk and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach. Served as research director of America Coming Together and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Started out as a journalist, working for right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife's flagship newspaper.

Education
BA English, University of Pittsburgh, MA George Washington University

Family
Mom, Dad & younger brother Brent, who is North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania's best pool player.

I was inspired to enter this line of work ...
Living in D.C. and watching quite frankly, that cretin Newt Gingrich, quite frankly, become speaker of the House. Quite frankly.

My most memorable moment in politics was ...
The first time I worked on a campaign that actually won.

The moment in politics I'd rather forget was ...
November 2, 2004. Well played, gang!

The winning political formula in Wisconsin is ...
At least for the Supreme Court, it sadly appears that success = ethically-challenged conservative + a sh*t ton of WMC money on TV.

The thing that's changed the most in politics since I started has been ...
I got into politics in 1996, so I guess it would be that the baby boomer consultants who urge caution in Democratic candidates are even more cautious and 12 years older.

I like politics when ...
it's serving those who most need and deserve the help of government.

I hate politics when ...
the desk jockeys in politics try and tell working people that it somehow benefits them if their tax dollars are handed over to the investment class.

If I weren't working in politics, I'd be ...
married. less cynical.

When I'm not working, I'd rather be ...
Listening to the musical genius of Kid Pump, Hank Hemlock, Big Steak and, of course, Jay Fabulous.

My favorite place in Wisconsin is ...
Madison. No apologies.

My favorite place outside Wisconsin is ...
The beach along the Atlantic.

Most people don't know I'm good at ...
I used to be a really good bowler. Now I'm a really lousy bowler who tries to convince people I used to be a really good bowler.

The book I'm recommending these days is ...
"Free Ride: John McCain and the Media." Should be required reading for the press as a reminder that John McCain needs to be judged on his record, unending support for war in Iraq (and apparently Iran), shifting positions for convenience and unhealthy vision for America -- and not merely his actions during Vietnam.

The TV show I'm recommending these days is ...
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The movie I'm recommending these days is ...
Taxi to the Dark Side

If I had the chance, I'd really like to have lunch with ...
My grandparents.

If I was king of Wisconsin for a day, I'd declare that ...
whenever someone in politics refers to themselves in the third person they have to go work for Mary Lazich free for a month.

Twenty-five years from now, Wisconsin politicos will be talking about ....
Whether it's time for Doug LaFollette to retire from being secretary of state.

The question I really wanted to answer was ...
What's more needed in Wisconsin politics: campaign finance reform or term limits?

And the answer is ...
Term limits.

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