Crooks is running for the 8th Congressional District, against Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon. Crooks spoke at the Rotary Club's weekly meeting where he discussed his platform and his view of Congress.
"I'm just very disappointed with what little is getting done," Crooks said regarding Congress' work over the past 18 months. Crooks, who served 12 years on the Indiana General Assembly, said he got back into politics because he disagreed with where Congress is headed.
"It looks like, with a 12 percent national approval rating, there's not many who agree with what little work they have done," Crooks said.
At the meeting, Crooks fielded questions concerning everything from public broadcasting to implementing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
"I would like to make some serious changes to our constitution," Crooks said. "I'm usually the type who would never touch that document, but the reason I point that out, besides having a balanced budget amendment (is) the Citizens United decision that the Supreme Court passed two years ago. I see (that) as being so bad for politics."
Crooks said his small business background and middle class upbringing give him the skills needed to help get the country headed in the direction it needs to go.
"(From) having grown up in a middle class family where every dollar is precious, to running my own business," Crooks said. Crooks said this makes him qualified to get the necessary work done.
In regards to Bucshon and his time in Congress, Crooks believes he has a better grasp of what the people need.
"I just don't think [Bucshon] has an ear to the ground as well as I do, I don't think he connects to middle class families and seniors as well as I do. He has clearly voted against their interests the last 22 months, and I think I will do a better job representing the masses versus his representation," Crooks said.
Though Bucshon shows a strong lead, Crooks said his campaign supporters are giving everything they got in these last few days.
"We are going to crisscross the district until the polls close on Election Day; we are going to try to be in as many counties as possible," Crooks said. "We have had a good message and great organization. It's all about having high turnout on Election Day to get to the finish line."