"As I have in my own life, we should all embrace the culture of life...that's the way I've lived my own life" ~ Scott Sipprelle
When Scott said that, I was unmoved. I almost didn't hear him. I might not have heard it until I viewed the video. He delivered the line as he had most of the rest of the interview...intellectually and detached. The difference was he did not have the confidence he displayed while discussing fiscal issues and the economy. He spoke slower and more deliberately. As the conversation went on, he seemed less and less comfortable with it. His posture shifted, his tone was more subdued, his facial expression changed. Yet, he was very much engaged.
Hardline conservatives are not going to like Scott's position on abortion. Politically, it might play well for him during the general election in moderate C-12.
For me, this was the best part of our conversation. Early on Scott had said that he was motivated to run for congress because he witnessed Rush Holt being "arrogant, detached and invincible." Later he said that "people are hungry for authenticity." My experience of Scott, since January, had been that he was arrogant, detached and invincible. He was not authentic. During this part of the interview Scott started to become real.
As soon as I turned off the camera, I met the real Scott. He expressed concern about the amount of time we spent on abortion. He asked me if it was an important issue to me. Then he broke through the veneer.
Scott shared with me that during his wife's third pregnancy she came down with chicken pox. Their doctors told them "anything could happen." "We chose life," he said.
"Why don't you tell people that?!" I said. "I didn't want to go there," Scott replied. It was a genuine moment. "Scott, my affinity for you just rose tremendously and many who are against your position will forgive you when they hear your story, " I told him.
"Maybe I need to let it hang out," he said as he raised his head and looked upward.