The teenage son of two truck drivers who spends two-week stints at home by himself is about to show the world he can truly hang with the big boys. He’s thrown his hat in the ring for governor of Wisconsin.
Jared Christiansen is only seventeen, not yet even able to VOTE, but he’s hoping to take the seat soon to be vacated by retiring Gov. Doyle.
I’m going to give him credit for being politicially conscious in the eleventh grade. But really, the kid can’t VOTE yet, and they’re letting him run for the highest office in the state?
Christiansen will be nineteen by the time the election rolls around – his birthday is in October, and Doyle’s term won’t end until next year. For the past two years, the teen has practically raised himself as his parents are truck drivers who spend lengthy periods away from home. He’s able to handle it, apparently – as he’s worked his way up to an assistant manager’s position at his local McDonald’s in addition to putting in his time as member of the cadet commander of the Civil Air Patrol.
He’s got the issues down too – he wants to up the taxes on casinos and oil companies to take the burden off lower and middle-income families, get out of some federally funded (and in his eyes mismanaged) healthcare systems, and harness green energy by building wind farms on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Taxes, healthcare and green . . . yup, he talks like a politician. However he’s not toeing any party line – he’s running as a Democrat . . . but opposed to stem cell research and only favors abortion if a woman has been raped.
He’s not the only Democrat with his eye on the prize – much more experienced politicians (among them the state’s lt. governor) have expressed an interest. But if he makes it too the primary at all, we’ll be impressed.
And hey – you never know. Figures show Democrats are favored to win in 2010. They don’t show how old the candidate will be.
Would you vote for a kid still in high school as your next governor?