After a year of hard work and dedication with hopes of changing the political establishment, I have fallen short. I received almost 2,300 votes. The optimistic person that I am, until election day, I was certain that people throughout my district would see the truths that I was exposing and transfer their support over to me.
The most frustrating part of the entire campaign was when Velazquez lied across national television last Friday during our debate. Afterwards, the corporate controlled mainstream media did nothing to expose her for this atrocious lie—in fact they covered up for her and hid this lie. On top of it all, when my volunteers mentioned this lie to Velazquez voters on the street, these voters so blindly support her that they denied the blatant lie.
But this is the political establishment that we live under. I knew what I was up against before running and could only do so much, and not once did I promise any individual or group any form of financial kickbacks.
Apparently, I was not able to effectively get my message through to enough people. It is a very tightly knit political machine in New York City. In addition, there are many unique individuals who vote for their own reasons.
After the loss and all of the hard work, I would first like to thank everyone across New York and across the world for your financial support and in any other way that you contributed to my campaign.
In retrospect, Nydia Velazquez is beatable as she is a 20-year incumbent who spent over half a million dollars in the past few months and received only 14,000 votes (as compared to my $78,000).
Most importantly, I think I set a great precedent to those across the world who value freedom and peace, first and foremost. There is a tremendous amount of energy within the Democratic voting base in America for the ideas of freedom and peace. These ideas transcend party lines.
On stages, my message and approach to discussing political ideas was unlike any other candidate in this country that I am aware of. I focused on the biggest problem–“Whoever writes the checks in Washington writes the policies“. With a little more funding and better execution, my chances of victory would have been much better.
Therefore, I would like to encourage people all across America who value peace and freedom, first and foremost–consider running as a democrat.
Although I may not run for office again I will continue to fight for these values regardless of the paths that I choose. Again, thank you everyone for all of your amazing support!