A Scientist with the Formula to Turn IL-14 Blue

Hello, I'm Bill Foster.  Actually, my legal name is George William Foster, but running for office as George W. anything isn't a very good idea these days.  I'm a scientist and businessman who is very concerned about where our country is heading.  I want to tell the netroots a little about myself, what I plan to do in Congress and that I'm proud to be attending Yearly Kos where I hope to get a chance to meet some of you. I also encourage you to check out my campaign website, www.foster08.com.

When I was younger, my little brother and I started a business from scratch in our basement.  With $500 from our parents and a lot of help from our friends we built a company that now manufactures about 70% of all the theatre lighting equipment in the United States.  Our company provides hundreds of good jobs here in the Midwest.  

I'm also a scientist with a PhD in particle physics from Harvard University.  I've spent the past 22 years at Fermilab doing advanced research and leading teams of people building Fermilab's giant accelerators.  I loved it.  Along the way I built electronics, superconducting magnets, and helped discover the Top Quark - plus a whole lot of other things that would probably bore you to tears.

I want to talk about my views on Iraq because it is the most important issue Congress should be addressing.  There is no member of Congress more responsible for George Bush's wrong-headed policies on Iraq than the current holder of this seat-- Dennis Hastert.   We need to do everything we can to bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq and start bringing our troops home.  I would like to think I've made a small contribution toward that goal.  Last Year I went to work for the campaign of Captain Patrick Murphy.  I camped out in the Ramada Inn across the road from the campaign headquarters and did a number of things for the campaign.  The thing I'm most proud of is organizing the "Get Out The Vote" system for the campaign.  In the last 72 hours our campaign knocked on 240,000 doors, and we knocked on 140,000 doors on Election Day alone.  We empowered people to make a change.   And now, Congressman Murphy is a leading voice in congress to bring our troops home.

And there are so many other things I want to talk with all of you about as this campaign moves forward - how I want to use my background as a scientist to get our country back in the business of innovating.  Innovating to fight global warming and develop new sources of energy.  Innovating to fix our health care system and find cures for debilitating diseases.  I'll be at Yearly Kos at the Future Leaders event, the science caucus, the netroots candidates' event on Friday night and a few other events.  I hope to see some of you there and I look forward to talking with you in the future about turning IL-14 blue.

There is no other seat across the country that will send as strong a message on ending this war than this seat.  

Cross posted at Open Left and Prairie State Blue

Tags: Bill Foster, Congress, hastert, IL-14, Iraq, Patrick Murphy, Science (all tags)

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3 Comments

Good to see a physicist making a bid for Congress.

Rush Holt needs some company.  This grad student wishes you luck...

by Ramo 2007-08-02 08:38AM | 0 recs
I support you

This physician supports you!  We need more people with a scientific bacground ot get into politics.  We need evidence based decision making.  For lawyers truth is just the best argument - no objective reality exists.  I support your candidacy.  Good Luck!

by rajk 2007-08-02 09:31AM | 0 recs
Re: A Scientist with the Formula to Turn IL-14 Blu

Thanks Ramo & Rajk, we appreciate it.  Tell your friends!

TOM -- Camp Manager

by BillFoster4Congress 2007-08-02 05:06PM | 0 recs

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