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Windle literally running for congress… with a big log on his back

Post by Karen Miller / The News Tribune on July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
July 27, 2012 2:38 pm

At five-feet tall and 37 pounds, it’s not a typical political running mate.

But for James Windle, Independent candidate in the 8th District from Snoqualmie, a big ol’ log is the perfect running mate. Next week, Windle will be running two to four miles a day during rush hour while carrying a log on his back. The Windle campaign says the runs will encourage voters to vote independent in the August 7 primary. Maybe the log run will prepare Windle for log jams in congress should he beat incumbent Dave Reichert in the fall.

His first run will be 5 p.m. July 30 at the Supermall in Auburn. Windle welcomes his supporters — known as “Windependents” – and other voters to join him. A log is not required, but a backpack, a heavy object and water are encouraged, according to a press release.

“People are tired of the same old campaigns, political parties, and ideas. The log represents how committed I am to do the heavy lifting and get this country moving forward again,” Windle said in a press release on Friday. His daily log run route will be posted on the”Windle for Congress” Facebook page.

Windle’s been running with a log since his days in Washington DC. The story was first covered by the Washington Post and later the Seattle Weekly.

Aside from his fitness regime, Windle also has a long Washington DC resume. He’s worked in the House Committee on Appropriations, the Department of Energy’s Office of Budget and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Recently, he was an Associate Dean at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. He has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Masters of Arts from Boston University and the Naval War College.

Oddly, he was never a University of Puget Sound Logger.

So what do you think of Windle’s log run? Got a campaign slogan idea for him?

Here’s a few to get you started:

Windle: He’ll break the log jam in Congress

Windle: Logging long hours in Congress for you

You get the idea, Tacoma. Share your ideas in the comment section below.

The log is featured in a Windle campaign video, around the one minute mark.

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