Populist write-in candidate for U.S. Representative Andrew Webb, kicked off his 2018 campaign for Delaware’s single congressional seat earlier this evening at the Stargate Restaurant in Seaford.
Here is a transcript of his opening speech:
Before I get started, I want to thank everyone who took time out of their evening for coming and allowing me to hear your concerns and ideas for our state and nation. Remember, it is your voice that I want to take to Washington. I would like to take a moment and thank my parents for coming out and supporting me in this endeavor. I would also like to thank our growing team of supporters who are helping me make it all possible.
To tell you a little but about myself, My name is Andrew Webb and I am 26-year old graduate of Del Tech in Georgetown from the HVAC program. Currently, I have returned to study addictions and learn the steps of becoming a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor.
My journey into the swamp world of politics was something I was not previously considering. My uncle, who has been a major influence in my life, taught me the importance of staying informed and the civic duty of each American citizen to vote. I remember voting for the first time as an unaffiliated independent in 2008 for a change that I though I could believe in, but felt betrayed. In 2016, I saw a chance for our nation to be great again and I voted for it. Although I do not agree that the path to America becoming great again is happening exactly the way it needs to be, I believe that at least we are on the right track.
After the 2016 election, I registered as a Republican, as I wanted to become active with a party that more closely reflected my values. I was serving as ED member of the Republican Party and even throwing my voice of support behind friends and others who sought to make the leadership better. However, I noticed that most of the time it was Politics as Usual.
In this current election year, I was supporting some of the candidates who I felt could really make a difference, but after the primary, I was devastated to by the limited and murky choices that we as voters have. I wanted a clear political alternative, but was not looking to be a candidate.I was contacted a few days after the results were posted and asked if I would consider running as a write-in candidate for the citizens of Delaware to have a real choice and to truly be able to decide who they want in the U.S. House of Representatives. Let me tell you now, that I think I died and came back seven times when I heard those words asked of me. So, I took the weekend to think about it and was hoping that perhaps someone else would grab the torch and run with it and I kept informed the entire time. Anyway, around 9:00 pm on my way back from New Jersey, I firmly decided that I would run as a popular alternative candidate and threw my hat in the ring as a write-in. WE now have a clear choice: Machine politics-as-usual for the special interests or a citizens initiative for the People — for a Change. Ultimately, the People – not the party bosses – will decide this election.
In our first week, we are enjoying much success with our campaign. We already have a media presence and with the help of dedicated and creative volunteers, have launched a voter-friendly website, electwebb.comelectwebb.com, that is easy to search and straight to the point — just like my platform. We have hit a nerve and our campaign gathers momentum by the hour.
Speaking of which, let me express a few points of my platform. Some of the many issues I plan to address is the right of self-defense, immigration reform, economic growth and government transparency and accountability.First, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, as no person should have to their legitimate right to defend themselves infringed upon.
Second, I support strong border security and immigration reform in the national interest. A nation without borders is no nation at all and will eventually fade into the ash heap of history. However, I also believe that we must be a compassionate nation, as well and help those who have not come here by choice achieve a path to productive citizenship.
Thirdly, I believe in an economy and society that is free of government overreach and provides opportunity for all Americans. WE, as a nation, must encourage small businesses, inventors and innovation and provide them not with restrictions but with the guidance and framework to help them achieve their highest potential and realize the American Dream.
Last, but not least, I believe in a government that is both accountable and transparent in service to the People and greater public interest – not a government that caters to lobbyists, insiders and special interests . Our National Debt is out of control, largely due to waste, fraud and mismanagement. Career politicians are part of the problem and it is up to us as concerned citizens to demand reform and send them a strong wake-up call.
In closing, I take this moment to remind everyone that today is the day that the greatest document was signed: The United States Constitution, a revolutionary document that provided freedom to many – a government of the People, by the People and for the People! In fact, just like the Constitution, I believe our campaign is making a revolution of its own – a revolution of returning back the power of choice back to the People for Liberty and Independence. That’s why I’m running!
I can’t do it all alone and I cordially invite you to join our campaign, share your concerns and tell your friends. Together, WE can make a difference – a difference for the People, for Delaware and America!
On November 6, please take the extra time and write-in Andrew C. Webb for U. S. Representative. That’s Webb with two ‘b’ s as your next Congressman. Thank You!