I ran for U.S. congress in FL CD03 in 2016 as an independent. I leapt into that race quite late – upon withdrawal of the Democratic candidate. I paid the $7,000 entry fee from my 401K. (To run as a Democrat would have cost$3,500 more.) My self-funded one thousand dollar campaign was successful in building name recognition & in ‘market research’: I conversed with 6 to 8 thousand people. Everybody. D voters, R voters, wildly enthusiastic Berners (like myself) & Trumpers. We all have different, but common, problems. Most folks figure that Congressional corruption by Big Money is a big part of the problem. They just disagree on which party is worse.
So what do I bring to the table, to the conversation? I have been following the Acts of our Congress & Presidents since 1981. Following in dismay & increasing despair – for until Bernie began his national Issues based campaign, too few had ever heard of single payer healthcare, carbon tax, etc. What I bring to the table is the certainty that both parties have been working against the common interest – have been working for corporate interests. Tell me a problem you have, likely I can tell you specific Acts & Free Trade Pacts that created or worsened that problem. That our Congress passed & President signed. And it really doesn’t matter if one party has been more or less toxic than the other – or who you’ve always voted for. What matters is that we fix the system. Before it kills us & dooms our children.
I am running as a Democrat in FL CD-03 vs. Ted Yoho in 2018. But I am not running against Dr. Yoho – rather I am running For our children. I am listening/talking to registered voters, all parties, who always vote. And to those who seldom/never vote. To those who have not registered or who cannot register – felons and yes immigrants. Not because that is the most efficient way to get elected. But because elections should work to make us One Nation, One People. And this will never happen till we talk to one another