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Floridian Bobby Davidowitz, 33, is an Orlando-based entrepreneur. Though he’s currently plying his trade as a hip-hop mogul, he discovered a surprise passion for politics during the 2008 election cycle, and has been a voracious consumer of all things political ever since.
Davidowitz is our pick for Pundit of the Week.
Affiliation: “I’m an independent. My main issue with politics is how complex issues are being dumbed down. People are looking for simple answers to complex issues, and this is where we go wrong. Both sides, in essence, are right and wrong. There’s an answer right in the middle, if we can agree on it, then we can move forward.”
How did you first get interested in politics?
“Two things: The rise of Barack Obama and the decline of the economy, and basically the country. I’m not one to keep mentioning Bush, it wasn’t a one-man problem. But we were lulled to sleep while the economy was fine, and once things got rough I woke up and said ‘I’ve got to start paying attention!’ Before the last election, in ’08, I wasn’t engaged.”
Why do you share your opinion with iReport?
“You guys have made it easy to have an avenue, a platform. I watch so much of this stuff, and there really isn’t that much of a chance to express your opinion, but you have to let it out somewhere! The problem is, people are so sensitive about politics. Once politics gets raised, you can feel the awkwardness in the room.
“… Now that I’m so engaged in politics, I want to run for office at some point. I’m an entrepreneur now, but when I reach a certain level of knowledge in economics and history, it’s something I want to do, and iReport gives me that platform.”
Who is your political or journalistic hero?
“The top one right now is [MSNBC’s] Rachel Maddow. She hits on issues that not everybody’s talking about. There are a couple of main issues that get played over and over and over again on the main news channels, and a lot of the time they’re all covering the same stuff. Maddow digs into these local, niche stories that people aren’t talking about and puts them in a larger context. We need more of that.”
What do you think is going to be the defining issue of the 2012 election?
“The economy. We have not seen Obama side-by-side with Romney. When they do, Obama’s going to give specifics about what he’s going to do, and has already done. You don’t hear that with Romney. You hear Obama-bashing, and generalities about small government and lowering taxes.
“… Obama’s going to sound like the guy who is pro-investment in the economy, which is what I believe in. Romney is going to have to pander to the right, and say ‘cut cut cut!’ As a businessman, I can tell you, you can’t survive that way.”
What’s something unique about you that people might be interested to know?
“I’m an entrepreneur, CEO of Fourth Quarter Entertainment. We have two hip-hop and R&B producers who are signed to our company, and a hip-hop artist. Our main focus right now is to help him break out. With the new economy of the music industry, you can do this independently. You’ve gotta build your own grassroots company, and then you can choose whether or not you even need a label. That’s where I’m at with it right now.”
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