jared20polis2021Last night I attended a program featuring Congressman Jared Polis at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in DC. Polis is a progressive, freshman representative from the Boulder, Colorado area. He’s also the first gay Jew elected to Congress. And in my imagination we’ve just eloped to MassachUtah, the magical land of same-sex polygamy (my other husband, of course, being my awesome boyfriend).
Congressperson Polis answered questions from an interviewer and from the audience on a wide range of topics. He spoke about his Jewish background and how his upbringing influenced his political values. He talked about being the first politician elected to Congress as an out gay person, and how his partner Marlon is popular with his Republican colleagues. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the need for change in that policy came up a few times along with other LGBT rights issues like outlawing workplace discrimination, and he told stories about speaking with military officials, Iraqis, and Afghanis as part of a congressional delegation to the war zones. Polis  had a lot to say about education as well, as the former director of a network of charter schools for older immigrant high school students. He also expressed his take that while a single-payer national health care system would be ideal, the currently ascendant framework of a public option to complement the private health insurance companies would function adequately. You can find out more about the Congressman, his life, and his politics by reading  his blog.
But anyway, enough about politics. He’s brilliant, gregarious, funny, and totally cute. If you’re in Colorado’s second district and agree with his positions, re-elect him. I’ll just sit here staring off into space and doodling “CW + JP” in my notebook…