The following is a post that I just made on my Facebook account.
“Big friggin’ deal – another mass shooting in Florida today. Thoughts and prayers, etc., etc., etc. … yadda, yadda, yadda.
Well, guess what? Rather than just continue to be extremely, overwhelmingly, intensely angry, this has finally caused me to take an action. I am going to contact the New Mexico Secretary of State to see about running for one of our three, U.S. Congressional seats. There is currently a Democratic incumbent – Ben Ray Lujan. The city I live in has almost double the number of registered Republican voters as Democrats, so I won’t even bother starting with local office.
I have no idea if this is even feasible, but it is damn sure time to find out. I will post updates here on Facebook when I learn if this is possible or not.”
I have already decided that if this is going to happen, it will need to be on a shoestring. It will be interesting to see if that is even possible. A good initial sign is that there appears to be no filing fee here in New Mexico. I have read that many states have various filing fee requirements, such as Florida which requires a fee of over $10,000. Talk about drastically reducing the potential pool of applicants for Federal office!
At the very least, I hope to be able to force the current incumbent, Ben Lujan, to take a stated position on a number of important issues.
One issue I have discovered already is that, even though he is a Democrat, he supports the Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation that is surprisingly close to being passed. If you are unfamiliar with that legislation, it would allow a person whose state allows concealed carry to be able to carry that concealed weapon into any other state, regardless of that state’s laws. That alone tells me something very clear about his position regarding passing any meaningful restrictive gun legislation. He has also been in public service (statewide and national) for almost 30 years. It will be interesting to dig deeper and see exactly to whom he is beholding.
My guess is that my brother Dennis may be smiling down at me as I at least make this attempt. Dennis ran unsuccessfully for a Florida U.S. Congressional seat back in the early 1980’s. He was pretty disillusioned by that experience and never ran for national office again, although he did serve on the county board of commissioners in West Palm Beach for a number of years, including one term as commission President.
As I find out more about this process, I will post updates here on this blog.
For those of you who may have missed my first You Tube Editorial, perhaps it may be of a bit more interest now that I have stated my intention to run for public office.
Click on the following to view that editorial …