Well, it’s been 4.5 months since I threw my hat in the ring to run for the vacant congressional seat here in the fightin’ first district of South Carolina.
The ideas were simple. I wanted to show a political candidate didn’t need to raise money to raise awareness of a campaign, they only needed 30 days to get the message out and their messages could be positive and stick to the issues. All sounds pretty good, eh?
What I couldn’t count on at the time was that Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, would enter the race. When that announcement was made I knew my idea of a write-in candidacy was done. The Colbert bump is a force to be reckoned with and Ms. Colbert Busch is an extremely accomplished and intelligent person.
In addition…I’m busy! I’m not quite sure how politicians have a family, have a job and then in their spare time raise money, kiss babies and run for office. I would need to slow the earth’s rotation so we had 38 hour days to fit it all in.
So, if you live in the first congressional district, please get out and vote. I’m officially endorsing Elizabeth Colbert Busch. She has a great shot to win and needs as many votes as she can get her hands on.
I do think we’ll see a campaign run with these simple ideas one day win. You don’t need money to spread ideas anymore, you just need good ideas. You don’t need to tear others down, you need to build yourself up. You don’t need to campaign endlessly, you need to campaign effectively. And when you’re campaign has ended you need to end it and get to work for the people of this great country of ours.
I have been humbled by the support I’ve received for my write-in campaign for the special election for the First District of S.C. Congressional seat. At this point you’ve probably asked yourself, “Is this real?” The answer, YES!
Below is a glimpse into what’s to come.
Campaigns are too long. Did we really need the last presidential election cycle to last years? No. I believe active campaigning should last 30 days and that’s what I intend to do. In the coming days I will outline who I am and where I stand on the most important issues that face the lowcountry. I will post this information to this website and you will be able to review and share it with others. I will however be working in the background in the weeks to come to coordinate with supporters so when the active campaigning begins, we are strategic, organized and ready to push on to victory.
Campaigns are too negative. This technique of gaining votes by tearing down others is out of hand. My campaign will stick to the issues. I plan to never mention anyone else who is running for this seat. If asked by the media my answer will be, “I don’t know who you’re talking about. My concern lies with the people of the lowcountry.” I figure they would never invite a write-in candidate to a debate, so why would I ever recognize anything about them. By doing so, I can stick with the issues at hand and run a 100% positive campaign.
Campaigns cost too much. An estimated $2 billion was spent on the most recent presidential election. I will NOT be accepting donations. No money coming in from special interests means I’ll answer to no one except the good people of the lowcountry.
Want to get involved? If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in anyway, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support.
Stay tuned…Ryan Wilcox
They spent about $2 billion dollars campaigning for the presidential election this year. That’s insane. What if I got elected without accepting one donation? Without filling out any of the paper work? Just spreading the word with the internet and grassroots tactics.
With Tim Scott’s departure for the Senate that means there will be a special election to fill that seat this spring. Special elections tend to have a much weaker turnout than the standard election day. Arnold Shwarzenegger took over as Governor of California during a special election. I bet a few thousand votes from the First Congressional District of S.C. could land me in the U.S. Congress.
Just crazy enough to work? Maybe we should try it out.