So if people follow my Youtube videos, they may know I am running for Congress.
It is in PA district 12, and is a special election because Republican Tom Marino vacated the seat weeks after winning it.
So I wanted to do a thread on this.
What this thread will not be is asking for any donations, sign ups, volunteers, etc. I dont want or need any of that from ATS and my friends here.
Instead I just want to update people routinely on the process in general, and then give a sort of final view of the process whether I win or lose.
Because this is a special election, there is no primary. Instead the Republicans and Democrats get to nominate somoen by there own process thatw ill
then compete in a general election.
I am running as a GOP representative. I have spent hours upon hours calling people from GOP committees in teh district to get my name out there.
My big issue is I am poor and have no connections. I get grumpy noises often when I tell people I am refusing to take money from businesses, and will
only take individual contributions. However, they perk up a little when I tell them I also will not be accepting any sort of pension, as I feel being
in congress is a service, and I shouldnt benefit from tax payers the rest of my life. I feel that if I, quite possibly the most financially poor
person running for office in recent memory can turn down the pension, maybe it will set a precedent for others to do so as well.
The next problem I am seeing running is that it is incredibly expensive and time consuming. I have to pay for background checks into myself, tickets
to GOP dinners, and I am even ashamed to say I have to spend money on dress cloths because as an average working joe, I dont have many.
In addition, the time devoted to this is crazy. My wife helps me, and my old debate partner is my campaign manager, and he is as crazy as me and
putting ridiculous time into helping me. Not only do I worl about 60 hours a week, but I am btrying my hardest to visit as many constituents in the
district during my time off.
Poor Rob, right?
Well no not all all. No one is forcing me to ddo this, and I absolutely love it. Nothing worthwhile is easy to do, and so I welcome the challenges,
and no even if I lose, this will be a great experience that will make me a better person.
Im not going to get into my positions on things in this p[ost, though it would be easy to find post of mine on ATS detailing many of them.
Instead I wanted to give a few details of what is happening.
So because there is no primary, I will have to convince Distrcit 12 conferees, who are sort of leaders in the local GOP to nominate and vote for me.
the word is there are a lot of people running, so it will be an uphill battle.
If I am nominated and seconded at the convention, then I will get 5 minutes to speak. Then the top ten advance to the next round, and so on.
The difficulty is separating yourself from the pack, particularly form people much more experienced and well connected than me, in only 5 minutes.
But I am smart and charismatic, so I am up for it.
I have filled out a questionnaire on all of my policy positions and background for the state GOP.
One timely question was if I have any embarrassing yearbook photos. So look for pictures of me in show choir doing jazz hands to surface.
They alos asked about online posting, and I told them I frequently post to Above Top secret, which probably makes me look like a tin foil guy, though
I explained I post mostly about politics. So there is a good chance background checkers will; be going through my ats history. I hope they star and
flag some posts for me.
So because of this, I will probably have less of a presence on ATS until after the election. But I will still be around, making threads and updating
If I could say one serious thing, it would be this./ More people on ATS should run. Some of the people on this site seem more genuine and have a
better knowledge of many political issues than many of our elected officials, even the ones I disagree with. Sure there are some we wouldnt want
running (probably me to many people) but we need more regular people running for office, regardless of what country you are from.
edit on 11-2-2019 by Grambler because: (no reason given)