In a recent email to supporters, Ross Hancock, the No Party Affiliation candidate for Coral Gables House District 114, unveiled an interesting political strategy.
Nobody is endorsing his campaign. That’s right — nobody.
And Hancock is proud of it.
Of course, this tactic needs some explaining. Hancock believes his campaign is not “special” enough for special interests. He claims the NRA doesn’t find him “pro-gun enough.” Greenpeace doesn’t think he’s “green enough.”
He adds that he is not “anti-business enough” for unions and not “anti-labor enough” for the Chamber.
It is not for lack of trying; all the “lists” passed up Hancock too: Emily’s, Ruth’s and – most dishearteningly — Angie’s List.
“It really hurt to be rejected by Angie’s List,” Hancock said (insert rim shot here).
Apparently, the point is that Hancock — who faces incumbent State Rep. Erik Fresen and Democrat Daisy Baez — is not obligated to any special interests, nor to anyone in particular. He is a true independent, beholden to no one.
There is the possibility that in November, nobody will endorse his campaign, particularly voters. However, in 2012, Hancock, a former Democrat, lost to Fresen by only two points, despite being massively outspent.
Who knows? He could have a (very long) shot.
Nevertheless, if Hancock does lose, at least he has a good sense of humor about it.