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A peek at a politician’s playlist 

What do politicians listen to during elections?

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Ever wonder what politicians listen to during elections? Do they go for overtly political stuff like Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin',” or do they prefer jazz to unwind and take their minds off the race? Pittsburgh City Paper talked with a few local politicians to see what they had in their music library.  

Jay Walker for Pa. State House Representative District 23

I almost exclusively listen to Matt & Kim and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra radio on Pandora. Mostly though, I listen to podcasts. I listen to podcasts about transit, the environment, socialist politics, sports activism, Pennsylvania policies, and the Riverhounds!

Valerie Gaydos for Pa. State House Representative District 44

These are some tunes I listen to at the gym or long car trips. In my music list, I’m still pretty old school and listen by artists and albums not just songs, like the Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph, Demarco, and Pink Floyd. I have no idea the political affiliation of the artists and don’t care. Artists should be free of those labels and affiliations. My two favorite albums to relax to are Home (music from the movie Home) and Planet Ocean (music from movie Planet Ocean). I also listen to George Ezra, Hot Tuna/Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Frampton, and Fun. 

Jon McCabe for Pa. State House Representative District 54

One particular song that usually pumps me up is “For What It's Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. It reminds me that when there is a lack of justice, it's our job to stand up and fix what's happening around us. Other than that, I have a constant cycle of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Radiohead, and NPR. 



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