Retired local restaurant owner David Gratner got a mouth full when he asked Sen. Mike Braun what it’s like being a newcomer in the place some call “the swamp.”

“When you look at Washington, D.C. and the 14,000 lobbyists out there, and I’m thinking about a new guy on the block who’s coming in, what’s that like?” Gratner asked Braun last week during a Chamber of Commerce event at the New Castle library.