ran for the office of State Senate this year because I believe
that normal hard-working Americans need to be involved in
the “process”. We all have a responsibility to
get involved in our government in order to reign in the insanity.
I still believe that.
two years I’ve heard nothing but continuous complaints
that the “incumbents need to go” and “we
need people to run against these lifetime politicians”.
The feedback that we received this year was amazingly and
overwhelmingly positive. Personal “thank you”
messages from people of the area that were excited to have
a choice on Election Day.
the help of our team (more like “our new family”),
we put together an amazing grassroots campaign. We had very
little money to work with, but we pulled our resources and
did the best with what we had. We had name recognition, we
had a great message, and we worked our tails off to contact
voters in the District.
was our Election Day message? DON’T VOTE STRAIGHT TICKET.
In a race against a 20-year incumbent/career politician, we
had a gigantic hurdle . . . that being the fact that my opponent
was running as both a Republican and a Democrat. Having managed
to get his name on both ballots, he would receive ALL straight
party votes. Voters would cast their ballot for him if they
didn’t pay attention . . . or if they didn’t care.
was the final result? We lost . . . overwhelmingly . . .82%
an analysis of the numbers (examining Mercer County numbers
right now as an example because they are the only details
available), you find that almost 50% of the people that voted
. . . voted straight ticket! In a race for over 70,000 votes,
Bob Robbins pulled out of the gate with a head start of 35,000
votes that he didn’t deserve. He started the race with
a 35,000 vote advantage.
. . . Because 50% of the voters don’t take their votes
seriously. 50% of the people that went to the polls on Election
Day let their “party” make their decision for
News? You might think that it is difficult to find a bright
spot in a 82% vs. 18% race, but you’d be wrong. One
amazing number was that 521 people voted straight ticket for
the “Unaffiliated Independent” party. 521 people
in Mercer County realize that the biggest problem that we
have is “party politics”. By casting a vote for
the “Unaffiliated Independent” ticket, they voted
for ONLY ONE candidate . . . me. Thank you!
in the total District race, 12,725 people looked at the names
on the ballot and chose to vote for the Independent Candidate.
They were NOT drawn to vote straight ticket. Instead, they
wanted ALL OF THEIR VOTES to count. They took their duty to
vote seriously. Thank you to those 12,725 individuals that
understand how important Election Day is.
was most disappointing? In the end, it is clear that the “Tea
Party” has become an extension of the Republican Party.
A majority of Tea Partiers went out on Election Day and decided
that the best way to fix the problem was to vote straight
ticket . . . the Republican ticket.
a positive note . . . I still believe that we need to get
people to run for office. If we, as concerned citizens, don’t
get involved, the ship will never turn. I urge fellow concerned
citizens to get involved and remain involved. Run for office
at the local, county, state, and federal level. Run! It is
only by continuing to push back that we will send a message
to our governmental leaders that We the People call the shots.
want to extend a personal “Thank you” to the thousands
of people that we’ve met over the past two years. The
thousands of supporters and serious thinkers that realize
that we have a problem in this country that needs to be fixed.
Thank you to my many friends who gave their time and effort
to support our campaign this summer. We had a hard-working
team that has become a very close family. In the end I am
the winner as I forged friendships that will last a lifetime.
It was a truly amazing experience that I would not change
for anything. It was perfect!
Thank you and God Bless