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An old friend of mine is running for state Assembly in New Jersey. He is an independent, and has one of the more interesting campaigns you will see.
Dan Jacobson served one term in the Assembly over 20 years ago when he was in his 20s – as a Democrat.
As a more mature adult today, he has thrown off the barbed reins of the Democratic dark side. He now sees himself as fiscally conservative as the rest of us, ranting in his weekly newspaper (disclaimer – I used to rant in columns for it) about the problems with unions and politics, among other issues Republicans would like.
On social issues he is a Libertarian, though a bit libertine for some tastes. The only thing left of his old Democrat ways as far as I can tell is that Dan doesn’t seem to know what a baby is or where one hangs out the first 9 months of his or her life.
Which is probably why he won’t kiss yours.
What truly makes his campaign interesting is the way he runs it: He takes no donations. He seeks no endorsements. He holds no rallies. He has no staff. He networks with no one.
Truly independent! His goal seems to be a campaign that isn’t one, by a candidate who refuses to be one; thus his refusal to honor the political tradition of kissing your baby. He wants to go to Trenton not owing anyone anything. Good luck with that, Dan.
I once ran a political experiment and found that a truly independent candidate who runs only on issues and seeks no endorsements gets 11% of the vote. That’s important – every campaign manager in America should know that issues will garner 11% of the vote. I predict Dan will get 11% of the vote.
In the meantime, check out more of his funny newspaper ads that he has run about his campaign. They are different, and it will make you smile that this campaign is real:Published in