U.S. House hopeful Joe Bock releases first ad, vowing to help fix 'disaster' in Washington, D.C.

He touts his prior work as a humanitarian worker in disaster zones, contrasting those situations with the state of things in the U.S. He’s challenging Jackie Walorski for her seat.

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

Joe Bock, the Democratic hopeful for the 2nd District U.S. House seat, has released his first television ad, touting his prior work in crisis relief.

“This is how I’ve spent my life. I’m introducing myself to the people,” Bock said in a brief interview.

The ad, released Wednesday, Aug. 20, as Labor Day and the start of the most intense part of campaign season begins, depicts Bock packing a suitcase, as if to prepare for an aid mission. He responded to earthquakes and civil wars as an aid worker with Catholic Relief Services and the American Refugee Committee, and now aims to help fix the current ”disaster“ in Washington, D.C.

“Politicians look out for themselves, instead of the middle class. They shut down the government and risk our paychecks, but keep getting theirs,” he says in the ad. “Washington’s a disaster. I’m ready to go to work.”

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Bock, from South Bend, is challenging first-term U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican, for the 2nd District post, which covers north central Indiana, including Elkhart County. He previously served as a state representative in Missouri and now is a teaching professor at the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame.

Walorski has released two television ads in her bid, focusing on her push to combat military sexual assaults, among other things.

In response to Bock’s ad, Walorski’s campaign issued a statement jabbing at the imagery of Bock packing a suitcase.

"Missouri politician Joe Bock continues to show how out of touch he is with our Hoosier values,“ said Emily Daniels, deputy manager for the Walorski campaign. ”With his bag already packed, Bock should do Hoosiers a favor and take his votes for higher taxes and more government spending back to Missouri."

The Walorski campaign didn’t elaborate on the votes alluded to in the Daniels statement. Jennifer Coffman, Bock’s campaign manager, jabbed back though, queried about the statement.

"If they think Washington is working, they are the ones who are out of touch,“ Coffman said in an e-mail.


While with Catholic Relief Services and the American Refugee Committee, Bock worked variously in Pakistan, Israel and the Balkans. He’s helped with support of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, conflicts at the grassroots level between Israelis and Palestinians and the aftermath of the conflicts in the Balkans.

More recently, in 2010, he traveled to Haiti to assist in the recovery following a disastrous earthquake there.

He’s dealt with people very hostile to one another, and now he aims to use those conflict resolution skills in Congress. "Working in crisis relief for Catholic Relief Services and other organizations has prepared me to take on the challenges of the crisis created by politicians in Washington, D.C.,” Bock said in a statement.

In the phone interview, Bock said some of the issues that have popped up on the campaign trail include frustration with the seeming slow economic recovery. Senior citizens have expressed concern about being able to maintain Social Security benefits over the long haul and business people have touted the need for government stability, recalling the uncertainty of the U.S. government shutdown last year.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

Follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack or visit him on Facebook.

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