The Trumpster Fire Challenging DeFazio

The Trumpster Fire Challenging DeFazio

Alek Skarlatos (center) Photo courtesy Alek Skarlatos. Alek Skarlatos is young, right wing and starred in a major Hollywood film. Now, he is running as the Republican candidate against Rep. Peter DeFazio in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. During the critical third quarter of this year’s campaign, Skarlatos also out-fundraised the 33-year incumbent, according to Skarlatos’ team. Skarlatos’ platform, which has gained support from high-level Trump associates, is centered on reviving the timber industry, defending Second Amendment gun rights and stopping “illegal” immigration. “His appeal is 100 percent tied to Donald Trump. Some of it may be because he’s young and handsome. But none of that has to do with his credibility on any of the issues,” says Democratic Party of Lane County Chairman Chris Wig. “Skarlatos has no experience that relates to any kind of governance whatsoever.” Skarlatos did not respond to Eugene Weekly ’s attempts to contact him on four different platforms over a three-week period, even as the campaign season entered its final stretch following Labor Day Weekend. EW instead drew on his interviews with other sources, including right-wing groups. The 28-year-old Republican is best known for playing himself in Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris , based on his own experience stopping a terrorist attack in France. He also performed on Dancing with the Stars , where he finished third place and made headlines in People magazine and Bustle . Skarlatos was born in Sacramento County, California, and moved to Roseburg as a teenager. Right after […]

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