Auto dealer Tom Ganley is taking aim at Washington. Not to lobby the government, but to join it.
Ganley owns 29 franchised dealerships and three independent used-car lots around Cleveland, employing more than 1,000 people. He says he sells about 30,000 new and used vehicles "in a normal good year."
He also owns insurance, finance and aviation companies and has owned rental-car outlets.
Now the CEO of Ganley Management Co. in Lakewood, Ohio, is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is one of five Republican primary candidates who are vying for the chance to square off against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton, who represents the 13th Congressional District.
Three current or former auto dealers now hold congressional seats, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Ganley says Washington needs people who know how to create jobs and control spending.
"I think it's time for businessmen to bring our policies and procedures and our fiscal discipline to Washington," says Ganley, 67, who is on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association.