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James Windle
James Windle is a relative unknown candidate running as an Independent against Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District. Originally from Snoqualmie Pass

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See 8th District Candidate James Windle Run up a Hill with a Big-Ass Log on His Back

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James Windle
James Windle is a relative unknown candidate running as an Independent against Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District. Originally from Snoqualmie Pass Sammamish (Windle apparently bought a house in Snoqualmie Pass about three years ago, and moved there full-time when he started his run for Congress), and having worked in D.C. in various capacities over the last ten years, Windle says he's back in his home state, set on introducing himself to voters and demonstrating he's got what it takes to be sent back to D.C. as an elected official. Apparently, part of Windle's plan to do this involves running up a hill with a big-ass log on his back.

In an introductory campaign commercial posted online, Windle touts his Washington roots, and tries to drive home his contention that he's the only candidate in the 8th District who has the "experience in government, the demonstrated independent ideas, and the courage to act to break the partisan gridlock in Congress and move this country forward."

Windle entered an 8th District race featuring Reichert, Democrat Karen Porterfield, and Republicans Keith Swank, Ernest Huber and Democrat Keith Arnold - with the open primary quickly approaching on Aug. 7 to determine which two candidates will face off in November. Of the race, Windle recently told the Washington Post Reliable Source blog, "It's wide open. ... We're right in the hunt."

But about that big-ass log ...

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Windle and his log.
In total, Windle's introductory ad is a little over two minutes long. But its highlight, undoubtedly, comes at the 1:09 mark, when, for some unexplained reason, Windle is seen charging up the side of a hill with a gigantic log on his back.

In the ad, Windle says, aside from his family, the thing he's missed most about Washington is the outdoors. Presumably, you know, because outdoors is one of the better places for a person to run up a hill with a big-ass long on their back.

See James Windle's ad on the following page ...

Thankfully, the Reliable Source blog answers some questions about Windle and his log:

"I'm very used to people telling me I can't do things," Windle told us Tuesday. "So I've developed a fitness regimen that's very good for blowing off steam."

In D.C., he exercised with friends by carrying rocks up a very steep hill in Great Falls park. Political metaphor alert! "People have called me Sisyphus," he said. When that got old, he switched to a large log he found at a construction site. He tried carrying it once during an early-morning run on the Mall that seemed to alarm the police, so he switched to a Virginia park.

Now he's got a homegrown log (37 pounds, five feet long) but only gets a chance to run with it a couple times a week -- what with all those 15-hour days introducing himself to voters: "I'm getting weaker from all this campaigning."

The Reliable Source post goes on to note that Windle's resume includes a political science degree, not to mention a decade working at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the House Appropriations Committee and the Defense Department. Apparently he's also got "an attorney wife who works at Justice," and drove 56 hours straight from Washington D.C. to file as an Independent in the 8th District race.

But, really, none of that is as impressive as his log.

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