“Mr. Van Hollen? Aye. Ms. Velazquez? Aye. Mr. Visclosky? Aye. Mr. VoteforEddie.com? No!.”
VoteforEddie.com is running for the 25th Congressional District as a no party candidate, challenging Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
VoteforEddie.com is the guy’s name on the ballot.
From his website – which is the same as his name – he appears to be serious about his run. VoteforEddie.com says “ending America’s addiction to oil,” is his top priority. He also wants to push for tax cuts.
VoteforEddie.com doesn’t try to hide his more conventional original name, Eddie Gonzalez, putting it at the top of a biographical sketch on his Web page. He was born in 1980, the son of Cuban immigrants. His father was a distribution manager for the Miami Herald, his mother has a dental practice. He lives in Hialeah.
VoteforEddie.com says he wants to represent independent voters in Congress, noting that nobody in Congress now really does that, even though more than a third of Americans identify themselves as such.
“I, along with a majority of Americans …. feel that career politicians have lost touch with the working class,” he says on his website. “The 249 millionaires and 202 lawyers that are in Congress are not a true representation of this nation as a whole. They are the silver spooned elite that are guiding this country on an unsustainable course. We cannot continue to follow them into record deficits, crushing debt and endless dependence on oil for their own personal gains or indifference.”
The candidate formerly known as Eddie Gonzalez legally changed his name to VoteforEddie.com, according to a document filed with the circuit court in Miami that he provided to state elections officials after they initially notified him that he appeared to have forgotten to include his name when he first signed up to run – instead giving them only a web address.
Ah, but it wasn’t a mistake, he told them.
State officials also sent VoteforEddie.com a copy of a Division of Elections opinion saying he couldn’t use a nickname – so he sent them a copy of the court order from January in which he legally changed his name.
The next day, the Division of Elections sent him a letter back, beginning, “Dear Mr. VoteforEddie.com,” that acknowledged receipt of his request to be listed on the state’s candidate website, which he now is.
VoteforEddie.com, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, seems to have some grassroots support – he will qualify for the ballot by having turned in petition signatures.