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Venice is holding a primary election Tuesday June 3rd. By now you might be tired of having your mailbox stuffed with contradictory brochures hurling charges and countercharges against each other, but it’s still important to vote.

After Rep. Henry A. Waxman announced that after 40 years he will step down at the end of his term, 18 contenders are vying to replace him. The best known are Wendy Greuel whom I interviewed for the Argonaut during her race for mayor of Los Angeles last year, and state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) who is a committed public servant. His ban on shark fin soup bears noting because his stance as an environmentalist trumped his cultural heritage. Today, I’m suggesting that you consider an unconventional choice, Matt Miller.

Under the Clinton Administration Miller served in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), when the economy was growing and we had a national balanced budget. Then he became a public policy analyst as the host of my favorite radio talk show, KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center” program in which he represented the center. In the years I listened, he sought to bridge the gap between right and left, not exacerbate it. We need people to be able to reach across the aisle if Congress is going to achieve anything the next two years.

Although Miller has no experience as an elected official, how much has political posturing by experienced elected officials contributed to the dysfunction in Washington? “Getting Democrats and Republicans to have a serious conversation about an issue like tax reform requires a deep understanding of the policy, political savvy and a whole lot of patience” said Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley who helped unite Democrats and Republicans to pass the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Miller recognizes the real issues we have to face: "After eight years of a talented president whom much of the country sees as a “socialist,” virtually every measure of a good society that progressives care about (save for expanded health coverage) will be going in the wrong direction. Whether it’s health costs, inequality, stagnant wages or lagging schools, global competition and rapid technological change have battered the middle class — and swamped the puny steps Democrats typically offer in response."

Miller has been endorsed by Bradley, Laura Tyson, who led the President’s Council on Economic Advisers from 1993 -1995; Alice Rivlin, the first female director of the OMB, from 1994-1996; Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps, and the LA Times. I’m ready for a fresh face in Congress, which is why I’m voting for Matt Miller.

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