It's official! This morning I travelled to the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, LA where I filed the necessary paperwork for my name to appear on the ballot this November. Following the filing, I spoke with reporters and discussed the reasons I decided to run:
1. I believe that it is time for the working man to have an actual voice in Washington. For far too long, we have elected politicians to represent us, but the second they arrive in our nation's capital, they forgot about the people.
2. I have made campaign finance reform a key tenet of my campaign and the reason is simple: How can someone represent the people of their district when they have already been bought by big money special interest groups? I have pledged to not take a penny from the dirty, Washington elites that are perpetually holding us back from truly realizing the American dream.
3. Louisiana has been left behind! Our infrastructure is failing, our educational system is nearly always last or close to last, and our healthcare system is in disarray. I will work hard to bring home the federal dollars we need to fix our roads, give our children a chance at a better future, and reduce the crippling costs of healthcare!
This campaign has always been about building a grassroots movement, and that will not change. I believe in shaking hands, knocking on doors, and actually talking to voters. Throughout this campaign, my values have never changed. I pledge to continue putting our families first as we work together to achieve victory on November 6th.
I have never considered myself to be a member of a political party and I have in fact often disavowed the two party system. President Washington considered political parties the “potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying. afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion (Washington, 1796).” Those words were written in 1796, but I cannot think of any point during my life in which they are more applicable than today, but despite the inherent un-American nature innate to all political parties, as I have run this race, the requirement of party membership to seek elected office has became apparent. It is in consideration of the modern political climate that I announce that I am joining the Democratic party so that I may have a better chance to represent the people of Louisiana.Read more