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Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.


Meet the Team- Eric M. Blake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on November 25th, 2013
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rsz_ericEric Blake has been writing for PeKu since July 2011.  Eric is one of our specialized columnists who focuses on a particular area.  For Eric, this area is politics.  He is the voice behind our Conservative Considerations column, which is published every Monday on Camp Campaign.  He has written numerous articles that have spurred discussion, both with our readers and with other columnists for Camp Campaign.

Please allow me to introduce you to Eric M. Blake.

MPK: You write for our political publication, Camp Campaign. When did you first take an interest in politics?

EMB: Well, it depends on specifics, I suppose.  I’ve long had at least a casual interest in politics—I remember as far back as the campaign ads for the 1996 campaign, though my first clear political memory was Clinton’s notorious denial regarding Lewinsky.  I was mildly interested in the 2000 campaign (I was ten at the time!), more intensely interested in the 2004 campaign (watching all the debates, I believe)—but I think when I really got into the issues was around 2007.  That was when I first tuned in to Rush Limbaugh—along with Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.  When ’07 became ’08 and the election season kicked in, I guess it grabbed hold of me and never let go.

MPK: Are you involved in your local political scene?

EMB: Hmm.  Well, again, it’s a big “it depends”, I guess.  I’m really involved in USF’s College Republicans chapter—I’m the Parliamentarian, in charge of keeping and enforcing the club’s constitution and “laws”.  I’m passionately involved, there—and I’ve campaigned door-to-door and phone-banked for Mitt Romney.  I’ve also campaigned for Col. E.J. Otero, who ran against Kathy Castor in 2012.

As far as my current “hometown” of Lakeland: as readers of my column may remember, my dad ran for Polk County Property Appraiser.  That campaign wasn’t so successful, either.  I’m starting to wonder if I’m not jinxing my favorite candidates.

MPK: As you seem to have a great amount of passion for politics, do you read many political biographies? Do you have a favorite?

EMB: Oh, sure!  My number-one favorite would have to be Dinesh D’Souza’s Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader.  I also have Zev Chafets’s Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One; and I’ve read Senator Rubio’s autobiography.  I also have a copy of A Patriot’s History of the United States; does that one count?

MPK: When you aren’t writing articles, what do you like to do with your free time?

EMB: I love films—particularly of the pulp/noir crime variety.  Quentin Tarantino’s one of my inspirations: I’m an aspiring filmmaker.  I like trying my hand at writing: especially screenplays, but also fan-fiction for my two favorite TV franchises: Star Trek and Cheers.  I have big crushes on Ezri Dax and Diane Chambers—my word, did I just say that out loud?!

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

EMB: Let’s see…aside from the filmmaking?  (Well, I suppose that one’s not too surprising, considering how much I’ve written about films.)  You know, I suppose a “personal” fact would be that I have Asperger’s Syndrome—and that I was mostly homeschooled until college.  I love Italian restaurants: my dish of choice is fettuccine alfredo, heavy on the cheese.  I’m a night owl, not a morning person.  I actually agree with Ron Paul on some things…mostly economic.  And I have an assortment of 1940’s-noir-style fedoras—and even a couple trench coats to match.  Hey, works for Matt Drudge….

Thanks for having me.  It’s been an honor.


Michele

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