It is official… I just filed the paperwork to drop out of the 2018 race for Governor of Alabama.
Why drop out of the race so soon?
I was starting to gain ground, and the popularity of the whole thing was really starting to take off. My next steps were to gather the signatures for ballot access. I had a few whimsical ideas to get them. Go from car to car in 280 traffic and vow to do something about said traffic. Go to rallies in Montgomery for a number of causes that are basically being ignored by our current government, and get people on board.
I would have had the 33,000 signatures in no time.
As far as the reasoning… I don’t want to. The timing isn’t right. I personally believe I can help the people of Alabama without holding this office. That is what I am here to do… is help.
In the style that most candidates do when dropping out of a race, I had big plans to endorse a candidate. I was actually going to go a step further to prove myself, and my loyalty to a system that is pretty close to being broken. I was not only going to endorse a candidate, but I was going to volunteer for said candidate.
Things change though. (Mostly a sin of omission)
I reached out to a particular candidate 3 times… and despite the fact that he was “listening” to Alabamians, he didn’t hear me. At this particular time, I don’t have any one person I would like to endorse for governor.
As most of you are aware anything to do with my race for governor, and what I hoped to be my winning the election I wanted to do in public. The 3 times I reached out to the candidate was in public. It was even noticed by a candidate for Representative in this last election. He told me that trying to build bridges was a great idea.
The funny thing about this particular candidate… I have nothing in common with him, yet he realized the need to build bridges and work on things together.
That is what we need. Someone willing to build bridges.