By The Rational Republican —
The Rational Republican, a podcast that features discussions on how the GOP can reframe certain issues and win over centrist and right leaning Democrats, recently had the chance to meet with one of Oregon’s heroes, Alek Skarlatos.
Alek and his two friends earned international fame by tackling an armed gunman on a train bound for Paris in 2015. Their actions were immortalized in the film The 15:17 to Parisdirected by Clint Eastwood, in which Alek plays himself. For his actions, Alek was awarded the French Legion of Honour from the President of France, Francois Hollande, and the U.S. Army Soldier’s Medal from President Barack Obama. Later, Alek got the chance to compete on the TV Shows Dancing With the Stars and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, in addition to making an appearance on The Ellen Show.
Recently, Alek has turned his acclaim and patriotism toward Oregon’s political landscape, running for Douglas County Commissioner in 2018 and giving a keynote speech at the 2019 Dorchester Conference. He knew from his experience that politics isn’t simply something to debate at the dinner table; the bills passed and decisions made by those in power have real effects on real people, and not always for the better. Alek worked in his race to highlight southwest Oregon’s suffering due to the overregulation of the timber industry and the positive impact of firearms in the hands of those who treat them with respect.
Join as Alek sits down with the Rational Republican’s hosts, James Ball and Nick Prelosky, and the three discuss what it means to be a hero, a behind the scenes look at the mindset of those who serve our country, and how much fun it is to be a Hollywood A-lister working with Clint Eastwood.