Steven Machat is a bit of a know-it-all.
However, in this age of politicians who put their gut "feelings" first and discard facts like fast-food wrappers, he might be the ideal leader for a new political enlightenment.
New Times spoke with
Machat's endless reserves of stories, historical knowledge, philosophies, policies, and opinions about men he believes are unfit to sit in positions of power come from several lifetimes of experience in both the business and spiritual realms. In fact, when it comes to power and thrusting himself into a position of authority, he humbly declares, "I don't want anything. I can't take it with me."
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Considering his lifelong association with politics — he was friends with Al Gore (a man he says he loves but "has no backbone") in law school and worked for Jimmy Carter's campaign while he was a public defender — it's a wonder he didn't run for office until now.
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"I'm doing this so that every boy and girl growing up can have a dream and believe the dream can come true." It's a line that sounds corny and naive, but he believes those words.
Steven Machat is and has been many things, but at this juncture in his life, above all, he is a Renaissance man and an idealist with the knowledge and willpower to do what so often eludes others. He's a bit cocky but simultaneously modest. He owns a gentle heart and a calculating, logical mind. He'll appeal to our souls one minute and our collective sense of injustice the next.
The question is, will he add senator to his resumé? One can only dream.