4th District Profile: Long shot Oerther says campaign has shaped views on campaign reform, taxes

05/18/2012 12:22 PM

(FOURTH IN A SERIES) — Unlike many candidates, Brian Oerther isn’t afraid to say that his views on key issues have shifted during the campaign as he’s seen the realities of modern elections and learned more about the issues.

For instance, Oerther said at an April 25 forum in Oldham County that he had researched the “fair tax” and “flat tax” proposals and come up with his own: “the Oerther Fair-Flat tax.”

But in an interview with Pure Politics last week, he explained that his proposal isn’t really a flat tax in which everyone pays the same tax rate percentage. (7:00 of the video)

“I believe a flat rate too (needs to be) progressively this way scaled — that way people that earn more money pay more than everybody else. But that people at the bottom end keep a little more of their money and have the incentive to move up,” he said.

Those who earn more “would pay a little more,” said Oerther, who is one of the seven Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Tuesday’s primary for the open 4th Congressional District in Northern Kentucky.

As a teacher and soccer coach, Oerther has been squeezing in campaigning at night and on weekends. He’s raised $50 — a single contribution from a retired teacher, whom Oerther said wanted him to have gas money for his treks across the 4th Congressional District. And he said he’s not a fan of having to raise thousands of dollars — or having super PAC’s spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on candidates’ behalf.

“I don’t have the connections or the clout to try to pull that kind of money in for my campaign,” Oerther said (1:30). “I’d like to see where you can only raise maybe like $100,000 for your entire campaign. No super PACs. Because where’s that money coming from? It’s coming from outside the state.”

Oerther is making his second run for office. He finished third in the primary for LaGrange mayor in 2010. He teaches at an alternative school in Jefferson County and coaches soccer in Oldham County, where he lives with his wife and three children.

For more on the issues, you can watch how the 4th Congressional District Republicans compare on education, philosophy, federal spending and Medicaid in their April 30 debate at Northern Kentucky University and an April 25 forum in Oldham County.

(Throughout the week, Pure Politics is airing profiles of the candidates running for Congress in Northern Kentucky’s 4th District for the open seat being vacated by Congressman Geoff Davis. The candidates include Oerther, Alecia Webb-Edgington , Marcus Carey ,“Tom Wurtz”:http://mycn2.com/politics/4th-district-profile-tom-wurtz-spreads-unique-views-of-shrinking-government-one-click-at-a-time , Gary Moore, Walt Schumm and Thomas Massie, as well as a profile of the Democratic primary between Bill Adkins and Greg Frank.)


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