By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Daily Leader
A vietnam veteran has decided he wants to make a difference in Washington D.C., and has filed to run for the Big First District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives – the seat being vacated by Rep. Jerry Moran.
Marck Cobb has traveled full circle from his upbringing on a farm near Galva, just a few miles east of McPherson, to around the world and back to the very same farm he was raised on.
It’s been an interesting journey.
Cobb graduated from Galva High School, which has since been merged with another area school, and went to college at a unique establishment in Colorado.
“Right after graduation, I went to the Air Force Academy and graduated there and became a pilot,” Cobb explained. “I flew in Southeast Asia – 143 combat missions over there in the early ’70s. I was in the refueling operations – refueled the fighters. I was out of Thailand, Okinawa and the Philippines.”
Cobb then spent two years in the Soviet Union. It was in the Leonid Brezhnev era, and Cobb became fluent at the time in Russian.
“That was a very good education,” Cobb said with a chuckle. “You really saw first hand what this quote, ‘communist, socialist system’ is all about.
His last assignment in his 20-year career in the Air Force was at the Pentagon.
“You get to see the massive bureaucracy at that place,” he said. “It hasn’t changed, and I swear, those bureaucracies just keep getting fatter and fatter.”
Cobb said his main reason for getting into the race is he feels the other candidates seem to be run-of-the-mill politicians.
“I looked at the other candidates and it was politics as usual,” he said. “They’re filling their pockets with money from California, Texas, Virginia, Wichita, Kansas City and Topeka. They are getting some from the first district, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a lot of it coming from special interests groups out of the district.”
Cobb feels he is offering the folks in western Kansas a common sense candidate, that’s not beholden to special interests.
“I’m going to at least offer a choice to politics as usual – run a grassroots campaign, stand on principals. I’m only going to take first district monies.
“I’m going to run a fair, fiscally conservative campaign,” he continued. “I think I can get my message out with today’s electronic media. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get your message across.”
Cobb is also a big believer in better communication, and that stems from his last 10 years as a legal mediator.
“Mediation is a win-win,” he said. “I much prefer that as opposed to being an advocate – a win-lose scenario. With mediation, it’s much more rewarding.”
Cobb has written a book titled “Uncommon Sense – Searching For Inspiration and Wisdom” where he describes his upbringing and the influences in his personal life. The book was a project he had started long before he decided to run for office.
He sees his main challenge in D.C. will be communications. He knows it will take time to make the changes Americans are wanting to see – less big government and more regulations.
“It’s getting your message across and then at sometime you’re going to have to negotiate – and negotiate for a win position – that’s communication.”
He also feels some current legislation and regulations need to be addressed.
“Cap and trade is making a lot of people nervous, and we are totally over-regulated,” Cobb said.
He has also spent a lot of time through the years doing community service – from the Red Cross to Boy Scouts. He believes that’s important, and he doesn’t feel the other candidates know what community service is about.
“It’s like these other guys run for office as an kind of ego thing,” he said.
Cobb said he has plans to return to the area soon, and he will announce a schedule in the next few weeks.