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District GOP candidate Stauber ‘not going to Washington to be a robot’

“I’m not going to Washington to be a robot. I’m going to Washington to represent the citizens of the 8th Congressional District. I will always stand up for the people that I’m supposed to represent in a principled way.”Stauber unfurled sure campaign trail slogans — “our commonalities far outweigh our differences,” and the promotion of himself as “a common-sense conservative.”

“It’s like running your own household,” he said. “You live within your means. You do the right thing always and you take responsibility with your own decisions.”

Challenged that the right thing can be more complicated and clouded by shades of grey, Stauber admitted “sometimes.”

“It’s dysfunctional — there’s people in Washington that couldn’t find Main Street Minnesota, or Main Street North Dakota,” he said. “They don’t know what it smells like, looks like, feels like or tastes like. That’s why our Founding Fathers wanted citizen legislators — not professional politicians. When you’ve been in Washington 25-30 years, you have no idea what Main Street Minnesota looks like — zero.”

Stauber called “jobs and the economy” the top election issues. The candidate then struck a hard line on heroin and opioids.

“It’s costing us our youth — the time, talents and treasures that our youth have,” he said.

He described going on a police call he’ll never forget and finding a husband/father strung out on heroin. The man had lost his job to the addiction. His wife and daughters were crying in the kitchen.

As a St. Louis County commissioner, Stauber has been a part of developing a multi-disciplinary team of experts to address the heroin problem locally, he said. He would encourage more of that type of local programming if he could — with an emphasis on rehabilitation and getting people back to work, he said.

“We don’t need to wait for St. Paul or Washington to fix it,” he said.

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