Today I received from the Indiana Secretary of State’s office State Form 46433, a Candidate Filing Confirmation. This makes it official: I am the certified Libertarian Party of Indiana candidate for US Senate this fall against Senator Evan Bayh.
I now have a Barger for Senate bank account, and an official campaign website. Let the games begin.
Now comes the challenge: Why don’t some of y’all run for office? It’s not that difficult to do. I would encourage anyone with strong political beliefs to do it. Mostly the Republicans and Democrats are set, but there are still plenty of opportunities to run as an independent or third party candidate. Some of a more rightish outlook might want to talk to your local state Libertarian party.
I especially, however, want to encourage some of you left wingnuts to put your socialist asses on the line. The obvious thing would be to go to your local state Green party. They have automatic ballot access in pretty many states.
Let me emphasize that you should be doing this right away, as filing deadlines are whizzing by. They vary by state, but for example, in Indiana the last date to fill ballot vacancies in July 5. It might be sooner or later in other states.
Again, it’s not necessarily that difficult. If you’ve got a party with ballot status, it may be as simple as a couple of phone calls and signing a form. By the way, I find that in Indiana, running for federal office actual involves much less paperwork than for any state level office.
Some of the leftish variety around Blogcritics chronically complain that the site is supposedly “dominated” by the evil VRWC. If so, it is because we’re willing to actually DO SOMETHING. Brian Flemming pranced about for a second talking about running for governor — but he wouldn’t really do it, and apparently just wanted to sling a bit of spiteful mud at soon to be governor Schwarzenegger.
I’ve committed to actually DOING IT. Like my hero Bob Roberts, I say that the times, they are a-changin’ back — and I’m going to help do the changing. Any idiot can bitch about the government, but actually running for office suggests that you’re serious.
You want to rant yourself blue in the face about how Dubya is the devil, and the government doesn’t steal near enough of our money in taxes? People in general and Al Barger in particular will take you much more seriously if you’ve got the SACK to put your name on the ballot when you say it. Even with little money, being a candidate will give you a much bigger opportunity to get your two cents in than anybody gets merely by voting.
We haven’t had any big discussions on the topic, but our beloved uber Blogcritic Eric Olsen would certainly give other Blogcritics the same considerations as me, and I will be happy to give some pointers from my experience as well.
So then — Calling all Blogcritic pinkos: come on in, the water’s fine.