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Schneider Touts Experience To Help End Gridlock

Newly elected Congressman elect from the 10th District talks to Patch about what he wants to accomplish.

Long term business know-how and experience explaining the value of the United States-Israel relationship to members of Congress are some of the tools Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) says he will use to do his part ending Washington’s gridlock.

Ending the partisan tactics that have made passing legislation a challenge the past two years was a key promise Schneider made to a throng of supporters during his victory speech Tuesday. He then took time to explain how he would use his background to help.

Earlier: Schneider Beats Dold in 10th District Race

As a member of the business world for 25 years and particularly as a management consultant, Schneider stressed that he's earned a living getting people together and drawing ideas out of them that often resolved conflicts between parties.

“I've worked with a wide variety of companies, large and small, where success depends on getting everyone to sit down at the table and work together” Schneider said. “My job was to bring people together, get everyone to understand the issues we faced and work on solutions.”

That is the approach Schneider intends to bring to Washington. Not all members may be willing to try to find a solution with a freshman Democrat, but the newly minted representative elect said he will close no doors.

“I am open to sitting down with anyone,” Schneider said. One of the first people he plans to reach out to is the man he defeated for his new job, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth). “I want to sit down with Congressman Dold.”

Immediately after his victory Tuesday, Schneider sounded two themes Dold has consistently preached during his two years in office—legislating where there is common ground and providing economic growth through small business. Helping small business will be at the top of Schneider’s agenda, he said.

“I want to introduce legislation to assist small businesses to grow and prosper into the future,” he said when asked what would be his maiden bill. “The goal is to find areas of common ground where we can work together,” he added about his philosophy of accomplishment.

This approach is not new for Schneider. He started getting firsthand experience working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle 12 years ago as part of the New Leadership Network of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac).

During that time he educated former Rep. Barron Hill (D-IN) about Middle Eastern issues to the point the Congressman was able to persuade President George W. Bush to change a position toward then Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat. Hill is another person he intends to reach out to.

“Aipac is one of the few groups in Washington that consistently and successfully works with members of both parties so I personally understand how critical it is to have a bipartisan approach,” Schneider said. “It’s this same approach, bringing people together around a common cause that I hope to use towards tackling other issues.”

Schneider also demonstrated bipartisanship when he supported and donated money to now Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) during some of Kirk’s Congressional campaigns. That sparked criticism during Schneider’s primary battle to secure the Democratic nomination.

Schneider is willing to work with Kirk but gives that past support no extra weight. “I’ve said all along I will sit down with anyone (to end the gridlock).”

Patrick Healy November 08, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Ok this coming from someone who got elected by attacking one of the most moderate canadates that was running for office as being a tea party member? Good luck, and by the way we (conservatives) do belong here. What do you owe Madigan Brad?
Chilawyer November 08, 2012 at 01:22 PM
He owes Madigan his job, for jerrymandering the 10th District. After at least three years of unemployment, depending on his wife's earnings, it's about time Schneider got a job. It's too bad he's so contemptuous of his new employer (we the people) that he won't release his income tax returns.
Daniel Krudop November 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
“I am open to sitting down with anyone,” Schneider said. One of the first people he plans to reach out to is the man he defeated for his new job, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth). “I want to sit down with Congressman Dold.” "Immediately after his victory Tuesday, Schneider sounded two themes Dold has consistently preached during his two years in office—legislating where there is common ground and providing economic growth through small business." I thought the attacks on Rep. Dold were that he only appeared to be bi-partisan and moderate when the leadership allowed that. Does this mean that Rep elect Schneider will be allowed to appear to be bi-partisan when Nancy Pelosi allows it? He'll find that Ms. Pelosi will direct his every move. Rep. Dold was too moderate for my tastes but I'd rather have a moderate Representative than a Nancy Pelosi puppet. Based on the amount of money the DCCC paid to get him elected, there will be a price he'll have to pay.
Daniel Krudop November 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
If I had voted for Rep-elect Schneider, I would be extremely upset that we would even consider sitting down with that anti-woman, anti-environment, tax inequity loving, extreme right wing TEA party member, Representative Robert Dold. After the ads the Schneider Campaign ran against him, what could he possibly have of any value to offer.
D'skidoc November 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM
If you are upset that any elected leader will sit down with any other elected leader to discuss progress and/or compromise then you are part of the problem.
D'skidoc November 08, 2012 at 03:02 PM
btw Mr. Schneider now represents the entire 10th district of Illinois, not just those who voted for him. Why don't you wait until the guy has had a chance to actually do the job before you start in on the partisan criticism. Running is not governing. The GOP got spanked, especially in the Senate, because they put running above governing (yo Mitch). The Democrats have been way better at governing for ALL the people than the GOP, which is now finding itself short on running room (demographics). If the GOP would let the Dems govern, we might be better off in 4 years.
dold's supporter November 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What Dold owes his employees at Rose Pest Solutions? Overtime pay! The ex-Congressman thinks the employees are his serfs and deserve no overtime even though they are forced to work 50 hours per week...Dold...what do YOU owe YOUR employees at Rose Pest Solutions? How much jewelry you bought your wife with money due your employees? You Dold are not a conservative, just a crook trying to sell himself as both conservative and liberal and business owner...Shame on you Dold and congratulations to the 130.000 people who didn't buy your advertising lies. Pay your employees at Rose Pest the due overtime! Everybody should demand that, come on, is 2012 and Dold should stop acting like a plantation owner!
Daniel Krudop November 08, 2012 at 03:45 PM
2010 election results: Cook County – 290 Precincts, Lake County – 221 Precincts = 511 Precincts Dold: Cook County – 66,207, Lake County – 43, 734 = 109,941 Seals: Cook County – 55,886, Lake County – 49,404 = 105,290 2012 election results: Cook County – 110 Precincts, Lake County – 309 Precincts = 419 Precincts Dold: Cook County – 28,058, Lake County – 100,365 = 128,423 Schneider: Cook County – 29,021, Lake County – 101,920 = 130,941 Not scientific but it would appear that 26,865 Democratic voters and 38,149 Republican voters were moved from the 10th District to Jan Schakowsky's safe 9th District for a difference of 11,284 Republican votes. Mr. Schneider won 50.4% of the Lake County votes while Mr. Seals won 53%. Mr. Schneider won by 2,518 votes so he can thank Mike Madigan for eliminating that difference of 11,284 Republican votes, otherwise he might have lost by some 8,800 votes. Again, this is a general observation, not scientific.
Daniel Krudop November 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It wouldn't surprise me if sometime in the next 40 or so years, if Robert Dold should die and his obituary be posted online, "dold's supporter" will say his employees who didn't get their overtime pay should get part of his estate.
Daniel Krudop November 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I guess you are referencing the time President Obama sat down with Congressional Republicans, especially Senator McCain, and said, "The election is over, I won, shut up."
dold's supporter November 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
we will get our money way before that...courts are slow but not THAT slow...And yes, his estate is being built with a few hundred bucks stolen from every employee, twice per month...so you are on something...The underwear Danielle Dold wears is partly-paid with money Dold withholds from his employees! But do tell me hypocrite...doesn't bother you to know Dold witholds money from his employees? Forces them to work over 40 hours per week yet no overtime pay? the paychck itslef DOESN'T HAVE overtime section in it...the crook even removed than in June 2012 so the serfs won't realize what's missing...Dold is a crook and you a clown for having a problem with me for exposing him. And now let me drive around Northbrook and enjoy seeing those Dold election signs...the signs of a loserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Yes the way to win the 10th is cheat no more no less than cheating. For over 40 years we had a well-balanced district. Now with the help of Mike Madigan we are all progressive democrats. Thanks Karen May and Susan Garret you taught the kids cheating in politics is OK, god bless have a great retirement while the rest of us fix the financial mess you left.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 03:38 AM
It would be nice to see Ed or Steve write a piece on how the most balanced district in the state was robbed and cheated by the corrupt democratic machine in Springfield. Honestly Karen May and Susan Garrett acted more like employs of Heidi Fleiss than elected officials that had a fiduciary responsibility to the voters of the former 10th.
Ellie November 09, 2012 at 04:36 AM
If Mr. Schneider truly wants to "support and assist" small business, he will repeal Obamacare (strangling companies with regulations), and NOT inclease marginal tax rates on "the wealthy" to 39.5% (entrepreneurs).
Chilawyer November 09, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Hey, Schneider might be one of those "wealthy," but we'll never know because he doesn't believe in full disclosure to the electorate and his constituents.
David Leibowitz November 09, 2012 at 11:58 AM
More people in the US voted for democrats in house races than republicans . Yet the house is republican. Why? Gerrymandering. If we had proportional representation, we would have a democratic house. So the Madigan comment is true but local. Check out the map in Pennsylvania in contrast to Illinois.
David Leibowitz November 09, 2012 at 12:00 PM
And by the way why not show us your tax returns???
Chilawyer November 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
If you are David Liebowitz the lawyer, you should be able to make distinctions. I don't have to show you (no one else has asked) my tax returns because I have not sought the public trust to assume power over federal tax legislation and tax policy, among other matters, and I am not receiving taxpayer funds.
Chilawyer November 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Your argument is fallacious. With 435 congressional races, it is entirely possible that lopsided wins by Democrats in certain districts (e.g. Jesse Jackson Jr.) would result in Republicans receiving fewer votes nationally as a group (if that is true, you cite no source and attached no link) , yet winning more races. I don't care about PA, I'm concerned with Illinois, the most corrupt, economically failing state.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Mr. Schneider won’t show his tax returns because he did not only not make money; he lost most of the money his wife gave him. Mr. Schneider is not a business man he is just a kept man living off his wife’s trust fund.
dold's supporter November 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
So is dold...living off his dad's company, and house, and name. Dold is fake, watch him destroy Rose Pest Solutions in 1 year, max.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Dold supporter, honestly you are know more than a disgruntled employ. If you think Mr. Dold did something illegal take it up with the labor board, there are plenty of government agency’s that will assist you in workers’ rights claims.
dold's supporter November 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Joe we did already...and the verdict comes BEFORe Dold runs in 2014...He will have something to put on his resume as a business owner: lawbreaker! I want then to see all those Republicans who had a problem with me for exposing Dold...what will they say then?
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