The question became whether it made sense to do this if no one else will stand up and run against him. Then I guess it was last Friday night at the supermarket and I saw an elderly couple in the parking lot and I saw the old man with a cane open the door for his wife as they got in the car. And I realized that when I was old like that I wanted to be able to say to my kids or grandkids that I did the right thing at the right time when I had the ability to do so. Even if you lose sometimes doing things like this is the right thing to do. When I go out of this world I want to go out knowing that I did what I could to promote the cause of liberty and make this coountry a better place.
So I talked to Violet and said that maybe I've bot nothing to lose why not go for it. Violet was very supportive. And I told Brian (Daugherty) and of course he was very supportive and he said you've got to do it, that there was no one else stepping up and there were people throughout the grassroots that he talks to all the time that said there's no one else, Mark's got to do it. I told Brian to go back to the people in the rank and file around the country he was talking to and tell them that I need two RNC members in each of three states to nominate me and if you can get those people then I'll go ahead and do this. And the rest is history. It got posted out on Facebook and it's taken off like wildfire.
The Liberty Movement has a lot of young and enthusiastic activists, but they may not have the backgroiund and maturity and experience to take on a job like this. You're different in that you're a bit older and better qualified. Could you give us some details on what makes you well prepared to do this job?
I bring a unique perspective to this position, not just because I'm a newly elected committeeman, but if you look back through my life over the last 20 years or so. In the 90s I was a counter intelligence agent serving in Haiti and Bosnia. I've been in some pretty interesting situations and gotten out of them in one piece. I've worked with all kinds of people at every level in the army, briefed generals and worked with soldiers at the ground level. After that I got my master's degree in management information systems in Germany and really got into computer programming. Then I got out and got a job down at US Army INTSCOM at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, where I became the IT liaison between the INTSCOM personnel divisions and he NSA personnel divisions. So I was doing a lot of briefings to colonels and generals and a lot of data mining and data migration, putting square pegs into round holes making the two systems work together.