Mechanicsburg, OH — Scott Rupert is a common man with an uncommon vision, and he is “changing the way politics is done.” As a bona fide independent candidate—yes, that’s independent with a small i—he plans to win Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat by running on ideas and solutions, not on party ideology.
He has gathered over 6,200 signatures on 457 petitions with 40 campaign volunteers working only 55 days. Two boxes full of nominating petitions were hand-carried to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office on Monday, March 5, 2012. Upon delivery, Rupert's staff videotaped the preliminary count of documents.
The Rupert For Senate campaign awaits a full legal tally of signatures aggregated from the various county boards of election. His campaign garnered autographs from 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and each petition must be sent to the county board for manual verification. A total of 5,000 signatures is required for an independent candidate to be placed on the ballot. (A Democrat or Republican candidate need only produce 1,000 signatures.)
A husband, father, grandfather and truck driver, Scott is mobilizing grassroots support across Ohio as a non-partisan statesman. He urges common people, not career politicians, to get involved in politics and put government back into the hands of the people.
Rupert’s platform is The U.S. Constitution. State sovereignty is his fence post. He believes a strict adherence to The Constitution made America great, but America’s departure from it has eroded her liberty. Returning Congress to a Constitutional government is the only way to restore prosperity and leadership.
Scott says, “The role of our federal government is simple: provide infrastructure and security to the States so they can do commerce.” The rest is up to them, he explains.
Rupert insists a Senator’s job is to 1) preserve the interests of his sovereign State, 2) guard it against an overreaching federal government, and 3) protect it from special-interest groups.
Ohio is typically a swing-state; it can be red or blue. Scott paints the state purple, a curious mixture of both colors to highlight all the people caught in the middle. He relates to both sides, understands both sides, respects both sides and reaches both sides. Scott realizes neither party fully embraces Ohioans, which is why he can represent them so well.
Because he is changing politics, Rupert’s campaign is not open to big money donors. He solicits just $20 from each supporter and urges them to tell two friends. In turn, they’ll donate $20 and tell two more. This is the way a grassroots campaign spreads the word and raises money.
It’s hard to buy a candidate who won’t take large contributions. Scott asks, “How many favors can you expect from your Congressman for only 20 bucks?”
More information about Scott’s campaign can be found at http://ScottRupert.com