Podcast: Why would anybody want to run for Congress?

He wants to be the new kid on the block

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Brian Sims seems to have it all. He’s young, energetic, well-liked, and his political career’s on the rise. After becoming one of the first openly gay college football players in NCAA history, Sims went on to law school and embarked on a career as an LGBT activist before becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to Pennsylvania’s state legislature. Now he’s ready to take the next step: the U.S. House of Representatives.

Is Sims crazy? No one seems to have a kind word or thought about Congress. It’s approval rating hovers around 13 percent and those running for president are actively running against Washington.

This week on the podcast, why would someone like Brian Sims – who’s got a good job, good home, community, and reputation – run for Congress?

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