Unfortunately, I will not make ballot access this year. This makes my challenge larger but not totally unexpected.
I sent my collected signatures to the GAB in Madison and will now wait for the final tally.
Some say that it didn’t matter if I sent them if I didn’t have enough signatures but I think that I owe the people who signed for me a bit of respect; an acknowledgement that I appreciate the time they took to listen to me and sign my forms. Officially filing those forms is a sign of respect.
It was interesting when people declined to sign. Some said “I don’t sign anything.” While others said “I can’t, I am a convicted felon”. I enjoyed the couples that invited me into their homes and asked questions about why I am running for Congress and how I will vote. It was good to hear from them on their issues.
As you can imagine, the recall in Wisconsin was the topic at hand. Some were quite good at not divulging their position until I stated mine. Others adopted a tone like “You’re not a union supporter are you?” And still others were upset by Governor Walker’s actions and ‘wanted to throw the bum out’.
My position is clear. I oppose the annual union re-certification. Governor Walker went too far; however, I also oppose the recall because Governor Walker’s actions were not significant enough to warrant recall. He committed no crime and was not unethical in the process. When June 5th rolls around, I will vote in an independent manner.
My favorite signature rejection was by an older man who wanted to know why I was running as an independent. I began to explain how the two major parties had mismanaged government and the American Dream. I went on to explain how the federal government had passed a federal law prohibiting anyone from selling certain kinds of baby cribs in garage sales. I said that it was not a responsibility of the federal government to make it illegal for you to sell cribs in a garage sale. I said that community standards was the best way to address this and perhaps a state could set these standards. He tersely said “Well, the states were probably not doing anything so the federal government had to step in. I like babies so I am not going to sign anything for you.” Then he turned his back and closed the door before I could reply.
And as strange as it may seem, this man is one of the reasons I want to become a congressman. I like babies, too, but federal laws are not about choosing what kinds of cribs are sold in garage sales. Men like this need practical legislators who know what the limits of a federal government are and can create a solution to keep babies safe without making a federal law about it.
When all you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. Federal laws are hammers and baby cribs now look like nails. Something is wrong in America when this happens.
While I won’t have ballot access this year, I will work toward increasing my vote tally in November. Babies and the rightful use of federal law require I continue.