Paulite candidates for Congress are sprouting up from Florida to Virginia to Colorado, challenging sitting Republicans and preaching the gospel of radically smaller government, an end to the Federal Reserve, restraints on Bush-era antiterrorism laws and a pullback from foreign military adventures.
The Times piece showed how these so-called constitutionalist candidates are making waves if properly funded, and the piece spotlighted a super PAC that's backing some of them with serious money and plans to spend $10 million this summer.
"I've called myself a constitutionalist from the get go," Casida told me. "People who believe in fiscal conservatism and social liberty will come to our side."
The Times reported:
And lightly regarded Paulites running for Congress could become forces with the right amount of money. Tisha Casida, an independent in Colorado, is running against Representative Scott Tipton. Calen Fretts is chipping away at Representative Jeff Miller in Florida's Panhandle, and Karen Kwiatkowski is challenging Representative Robert W. Goodlatte in Virginia.
"I think there's a great movement going on in this country," said Ms. Casida, who said she was pulled into politics by Mr. Paul's message and the red tape she faced trying to open a local farmer's market.
"We were really pleased by the article," Casida told me today. "We're hoping that people nationally see our platform, which is much like Ron Paul's, and connect with us." The article sparked internet signups on her website, Cassida said.
I told Casida I was glad to see that The Times correctly identified her (above) as an independent candidate, but I was sorry the newspaper stated she was running against Scott Tipton and neglected to mention that she's also running against Democrat Sal Pace.
She says she's frustrated that reporters sometimes omit her name completely when reporting on the congressional race.
"I think my true competition is Pace," she told me. "I don't think Tipton has a chance of winning no matter what."
Casida mentioned that a congressional debate, sponsored by the Aspen Daily News and Aspen Public Radio, is planned, but a date isn't set yet. Pace is planning to attend, but Tipton hasn't accepted his invitation, according to Casida. "I think it would be interesting to discuss issues with Sal Pace," Casida said.
The New York Times article capped off a "good couple of weeks," said Casida
"At any point in time, we could get an influx," she said. "People are hungry for candidates who will talk about issues."