Lisa De Pasquale

Lots of good choices here, but one that comes to mind is the beginning of Full Metal Jacket. I know that I learned a lot about discipline in Marine Corps boot camp. I also know that most everyone in Washington lacks the discipline it takes to fix the country. Maybe some of R. Lee Ermey’s instruction would rub off on them!

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

I have a photo of me with Bernie Kosar when I was pee-wee football age. Bernie is a working class guy from a town called Boardman, near Youngstown. He worked his way up and became a hometown hero. I idolized him when I was young, and luck would have it that I would becomefriends with him as an adult.

5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

My wife is a big fan of Mad Men. I admit that if I’m grazing by the TV and she’s watching it, I’ll stop and see what Don Draper is up to.

6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?

When I was a young kid my uncle bought me a Star Wars lightsaber and with him speeding down the freeway I’d wave the lightsaber in the air Luke Skywalker style.

7. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

When I was a kid my parents took me to Sha Na Na…

8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?

Yes, I’ve taken as much of their good advice as I had the good sense to do. One piece of good advice they told was as a kid was to always take the high road, because there is less traffic up there.

9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2012 what would they be?

For the Democrats, I’d say it would be “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day. I’ve got a good song for the Republicans as well, but hardly anyone has probably heard of it unless you grew up in Cleveland. It’s called “This is My Town” by the Michael Stanley Band. It reminds me so much about the blue-collar hometown pride that we feel in Northeast Ohio. Some of the lyrics are “this town is my town…love or hate it, it don’t matter, ‘cause this is my town.”

10. What books are on your summer reading list?

I don’t get as much time to read for pleasure as I’d like, but I would like to read Sen. Jim DeMint’s book titled “Saving Freedom” and “Lone Survivor” by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

11. You visited all 19,679 homes in your district when running for the state legislature in 2006. What's the oddest thing you encountered during that campaign?

You’re right – you see quite a bit in visiting that many homes. I represent a lot of ethnic communities around Cleveland, and I’ll never forget meeting a first-generation Italian lady in her garage, stirring the biggest pot of spaghetti sauce I have ever seen in my life. It was about the size of a 55 gallon drum, and she was stirring it with one of those big paddles you’d use on a rowboat. She looked like she was getting ready to feed a whole barracks of Marines. Unbelievable!

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

I was inspired to public service by my grandparents, and the moment I decided to run for office was in 2003 in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I listened to the people of my community talk about how they were tired of high taxes – that high property taxes were making it difficult for them to stay in their homes – and that they didn’t think their representatives were listening to them. It became very clear to me that the people we elect matter. Active representation makes a difference. I thought I could do that better than the folks who were in there, so I laced up my shoes and went to work and started knocking on doors.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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