Daily Caller –
WASHINGTON — On Christmas Eve 2009, right around midnight, Doug Truax decided to run for public office.
That was when the Senate passed the Affordable Care Act, the much-derided healthcare law also known as Obamacare.
“I’m just thinking, I can’t watch this anymore, I’ve got to do something,” Truax, a West Point graduate and businessman told The Daily Caller during a recent trip here. Three and a half years later, that decision has come to pass: Truax has entered the ring against Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.
Durbin is the Democratic Whip and second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate. He has been in office for 16 years, and he boasts brimming campaign coffers: over $4.2 million cash on hand as of the end of June. Political analysts like the Rothenberg Political Report do not even consider his seat to be in play next year.
“It’s a daunting task,” Truax said. “It’s not impossible: it’s difficult.”
But, he said, “I don’t take these things lightly, and I’m not doing this to lose.”