Tommy Mikulski, a frequent writer for the Polish Daily did the following interview with Rocky. It tells all we need to know about him and why I think he will be the correct choice for our new representative. Remember him in November.
The Polish Weekly recently interviewed Republican Congressional candidate Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski; and, in so doing, it gained exclusive access to his efforts along the campaign trail. In 2010, he hopes to win the Republican nomination to unseat current United States Representative Gary Peters of the 9th Congressional District – whom The Polish Weekly interviewed one month ago. If he wins the August 2010 Republican Primary, he’ll challenge Gary Peters in the November 2010 General Election.
Rocky Raczkowski boasts an impressive set of experiences and skills. He grew up in Farmington Hills, MI, to a Polish immigrant family. In college, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology; and, he began Master’s studies soon thereafter. He earned a law degree while serving in the State Legislature; and, he fluently speaks three languages. He enlisted with the Army at the age of seventeen; and, in 1990, he completed Officer Candidate School. He is currently a Major within the U.S. Army Reserves; and, he has served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Somalia to support the Global War on Terrorism. For his efforts, he earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat. He returned from his latest tour in September 2009; and soon thereafter, he announced his candidacy for United States Representative. In 1996, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives; and, upon his re-election in 1998, Rocky became the youngest Majority Leader in the country. In 2002, he campaigned but lost against Carl Levin for a seat in the United States Senate. On top of politics and military service, Rocky is a successful businessman. He is the Chairman and CEO of Star Tickets – a competitor to firms like Ticketmaster – and has served within the Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations.