TODD MATERNOWSKI FOR U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT TX-32
In Norwegian, the word 'Texas' means 'crazy,' and the phrase 'helt texas!' means something is 'completely crazy.'
Like most Texans, I take that as a tremendous compliment.
While the rest of the country settles in to a certain way of doing things, down here we like to choose to do things a little differently. A litte more unpredictable. A little more... crazy.
After watching the depths to which our country sank during the 2016 election, I decided that I wouldn't stay on the sidelines any more. No, the people running our country into the ground had to be replaced. America had to be shown a different way to do things. A different way to govern. A different way to get elected.
And if it took a guy without millions of dollars, without the sleazy DC insider connections, without the baggage of a lifetime of corrupt deals... well, that would be helt texas.
I'm Todd Maternowski, running for U.S. House in Texas' 32nd District. I'm not doing this for cash, or as a stepping stone to another, higher office, or to sate some perverse notion of self-importance and bravado. In fact, I will absolutely not serve any longer than a self-imposed term limit of six years, after which I will retire back to private life of building pipe organs and writing dark fantasy novels.
In that six years, I will not abuse my position to accumulate wealth: rather, I will work to make this country a better place for everyone, and show, by example in both my unorthodox campaign strategy and governing priorities, how the next generation of young, talented visionaries can beat the parasitic elites and take this country further than I could have ever dreamed.
This campaign is about three things: real leadership; eliminating the corruption of the old guard; and results-driven, generational change that transcends campaign slogans. Change that is calmly and effectively discussed in living rooms, churches, and boardrooms, rather than screamed at rallies –and promptly forgotten when the checks start rolling in.
And while it is a brutal reality that Congressional campaigns cost money, I aim to prove to the voters of North Texas –as well as every energetic, creative, and motivated American considering running for office anywhere in this country– that a powerful message grounded in solid ideas is far more effective than blindly throwing huge wads of cash around, groping in the dark for a core value that simply isn't there.
Perhaps I'm wrong about this. It wouldn't be the first time, nor the last. Perhaps I'm wrong, and it really is important for a candidate to spend $900 of your family's contributions on a first-class plane ticket to Washington D.C., where they can bump elbows with the very elites who look at you as a number, as a statistic, as a source of exploitable cash.
Perhaps I'm wrong, and it really is important to spend $80,000 of your contribution money and spend that on a group of interns in another state to write emails –pretending to be from the candidate themselves– that beg you to give them more money.
Perhaps I'm wrong, and it really is important to spend the contribution that you worked hard for, and hand tens of thousands of those dollars every month to huge law firms, to East Coast media companies, and to slick party hacks managing six different campaigns across the country.
Frankly, I can't think of a worse way to spend money than $7000 a month on a guy who gave Hillary campaign advice. I'd rather use your contributions in other ways, such as getting something to eat for the hardworking film crew braving 98 degree temperatures and chigger bites to film one of my unorthodox campaign ads. Or fifty cents on a mailer to show a lifelong GOP voter how his own party's representative is laughing on the White House lawn, drinking beer and celebrating after taking away his Medicaid. Or ten cents on a flyer to advertise a charity event for Dallas' serious mental illness problems.
Of course, that ten cents a flyer or fifty cents a mailer adds up – fast. There's no denying basic math in a district of 422,000 potential voters. That's why I need you to look deep inside your heart of hearts, take a good long look at each candidate's website, and see what they publicly stand for –or, more likely, what is strangely missing on their official websites– and do your part in supporting the candidate that is the most likely to spend your money wisely, ethically, and most effectively.
It's time to show the world that Congress works for you, not the other way around. Time to rebuild this country, one brick at a time. And time to replace the lobbyist-to-Congress-to-lobbyist corruption pipeline with a clean new system that works for everyone.
True to my values, I'm running a small, extremely efficient campaign. A grassroots campaign, able to respond quickly and resourcefully to your needs, and your issues. Unlike my opponents, who have received over a million dollars and counting in payments from special interest groups, lobbyists, and PACs, I am not for sale. This is YOUR district, not some flyover fiefdom for Washington power players!
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