There is a widely held belief that all reporters are secretly liberal Democrats. One of our guests this weekend on Face the State helps shatter that myth.
Grant Stinchfield is a familiar face to some Connecticut television viewers as an award winning investigative reporter for WVIT at the beginning of this century. From Hartford, he moved on to the NBC station in Dallas, and earlier this year left the television business to open his own business, and run for Congress (TX-24,) as a conservative Republican.
Grant is an old friend, whom I know from covering the same stories, attending charity events, and frequenting the Newport summer scene, so I invited him to come on Face the State when he was back in town for a visit. His wife, former Miss Connecticut Amy Vanderoef, is a Bristol native who is now a host of Good Morning Texas on the ABC station in Dallas. Here they are with their son, Wyatt.
During our taping, Grant talked about why he decided to give up television for politics, and about the difficulty he faced being a conservative in an industry often tagged “the liberal media.” We talked about the bias so many media organizations are accused of having, and I can tell you his former employers will not like what he has to say Sunday morning.
I also asked Grant what he believes are the reasons the Texas economy is so much more robust than the Connecticut economy. Why is their state growing, and ours remaining stagnant? His answer: unions. ”Texas is a right to work state so our job market is much more competitive. Employers can make a deal with who they want to hire and you come to an agreement together instead of a union totally tying a company’s arm behind its back.”
In the small world department, Grant may have picked up a vote as he walked through our newsroom. He met Channel 3′s Tina Martin, whose brother happens to live in the district Grant hopes to represent in Washington.
You can watch the entire interview with Grant Stinchfield this Sunday morning on Face the State with Dennis House, only on Channel 3.
The Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade, 2001