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Gary Trauner is the Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the At-Large Congressional District (map) of Wyoming. He won the Democratic nomination and is vying for the seat left vacant by the retirement of incumbent Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.). He unsuccessfully ran against incumbent Republican Barbara Cubin in 2006.
Positions, record and controversies
Born in New York, Trauner graduated from Colgate University and received an MBA from the Stern School For Business at New York University. Trauner and his family moved to Wyoming in 1990. Trauner is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Aspens Water & Sewer Distric and "is currently a member of the Open Range Committee of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, an organization devoted to preserving land integrity in Wyoming by working with landowners and utilizing market-based tools." Trauner is also a co-founder and the Chief Financial Officer of an Internet provider company, OneWest.net.
Wyoming's At-Large seat is considered to be a safe Republican seat, however Trauner ran a well-funded and disciplined campaign in 2006. He ran a grassroots campaign and focused on fiscal discipline and fixing an "immoral, unacceptable and unsustainable" health care policy.
Trauner was given an assist in his bid to unseat Cubin when the congresswoman stated after a debate that she would like to slap the Libertarian candidate, Thomas Rankin, if he could get out of his chair; Rankin is disabled from MS and sits in a wheelchair. This outburst led to a boost for Trauner in the polls.
Trauner was attacked by the Cubin campaign for being born in New York State. Trauner had lived in Wyoming for 16 years. Political attacks that point out that a candidate is from "New York" in a negative manner are seen as dog whistle politics for anti-Semites. In this case the word "New York" is a stand-in for the word "Jew". Trauner is Jewish.
Trauner's race against Cubin was very close, as Cubin led by 970 votes after an initial count. Trauner indicated that he might seek a recount. Cubin was eventually declared the winner and she retained her seat.
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Gary Trauner. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.
Campaign contribution data could not be found.
Committees and affiliations
Trauner will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Trauner for Congress
P.O. Box 1154
Wilson WY 83014
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Wyoming and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ About Gary, Gary Trauner for Congress.
- ↑ Star-Tribune Editorial Board, "Give Trauner a chance to make a difference," Caspar Star Tribune, November 6, 2006.
- ↑ Tom Morton, "Cubin tells challenger, 'I'd slap you'," Caspar Star Tribune, October 23, 2006.
- ↑ "Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a New Yorker?" New York Magazine: The Intelligencer, November 1, 2006.
- ↑ Eric Kleefeld, "The Latest On The Last Up-For-Grabs House Races: No One's Conceding," TPM Cafe, November 13, 2006.
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Wyoming's at-large Congressional District
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Wyoming's at-large Congressional District
- Gary Trauner for Congress, official campaign site.
- Marie Horrigan, "WY At-Large: Well-Funded Trauner Poses Threat to Cubin," CQ Politics, April 22, 2006.
- Jared Miller, "Trauner fundraising outpaces Cubin," Casper Star-Tribune, July 16, 2006.
- Tom Kenworthy, "In West, GOP no longer a shoo-in," USA Today, September 26, 2006.
- Mead Gruver, "Cubin 'nervous' about Trauner," Casper Star-Tribune, September 26, 2006.
- Tom Morton, "House candidates tussle over birthplaces, labels," Casper Star-Tribune, October 16, 2006.
- Bob Moen, "Cubin, Trauner spar on immigration," Associated Press, October 24, 2006.
- Marie Horrigan, "Debate Comment May Further Erode Cubin’s Standing in Polls," CQ Politics, October 27, 2006.
- "Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a New Yorker?," New York Magazine, November 1, 2006.