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Meet And Greet

Friday, April 13, 2012

United States 8th Congressional District candidate Dave Crooks (standing) and Clay County resident Dolores Johnson (sitting) react to a statement by county resident Ed Nevins at the Double M Diner Friday during Crooks' Listening Tour. [Order this photo]
* Crooks visits residents on listening tour

United States 8th Congressional District candidate Dave Crooks stopped at two locations in Clay County Friday as part of his district-wide listening tour.

Crooks was at the Glory Days Restaurant in Clay City earlier in the day before making a stop at the Double M Diner, 1421 E. National Ave., Brazil.

"(The tour) has been very good," Crooks said. "I saw some folks from my home county of Sullivan (while in Clay City). We're trying to get out to all the counties before the primary."

While on the tour, Crooks said he has met with many Hoosiers who have shared their thoughts on Congress.

"People are giving their thoughts on Congress," Crooks said, adding most were not good.

"We're getting an earful in a friendly way," Crooks added.

He said many Hoosiers he has visited with shared concerns about gas prices and some of Congressman Larry Bucshon's votes regarding Medicare.

"People have every right to be unhappy," Crooks said.

Crooks supporter, David Schopmeyer, said he has been volunteering with his campaign since the beginning.

Schopmeyer, who has known Crooks for 12 years, said he has never volunteered for a campaign for any candidate until now.

"I like Dave," Schopmeyer said. "He's outgoing. He's not afraid to go after something that's controversial."

Crooks began his listening tour April 3 in Pike County. He had planned visits to Jasonville and Linton Monday. In addition, he said he would make pit stops in all 19 counties of the district. Friday was his fourth stop of the tour.

"A lot of people don't realize how big the 8th District is," Crooks said. "But this has been a good experience. We've been meeting a lot of nice people."

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