At a time when misinformation about the 2020 election is rampant, social media is the dominant political arena of the day, and big money is fueling campaigns more than ever, can one candidate avoid all of this and actually win ?
Moreover, can you create a whole new political party around this idea? The 28-year-old grandson of a former Minnesota governor is testing that idea this campaign cycle and using himself as a guinea pig.
“It’s always lonely at first. I realized at some point you had to take a risk,” said Stephan Quie, whose grandfather is former Republican Gov. Al Quie. “I decided to start now and be ready to make mistakes and learn.”
He is running as a write-in candidate for a State House seat in northeast Minneapolis under the Honesty Oath Party, which he created around the idea that misinformation is rampant in modern politics and that politicians should Commit to always telling the truth.
“I believe that Americans, in general, are disillusioned and often apathetic towards politics today, and I believe that is largely due to the lack of honesty they see from elected officials. “, did he declare. “It is common to see the phrase:” Well, of course politicians lie, it’s just given. “”
Originally, his idea was to create a pledge that candidates from either party could sign to gain the group’s endorsement, but Quie realized it would be difficult for him to control. if the candidates followed once they were in power.
He has decided to run for himself, and as part of his new party, he does so without creating social media accounts or accepting money from lobbyists or political action committees.
Quie knows this limits his ability to promote himself. He was unable to secure the required signatures to run for office as a third-party candidate this fall, so he is continuing his campaign efforts.
It’s a long shot, but he doesn’t view this election as a win-or-fail situation. He plans to learn from his experience to determine how to shape the party going forward.
The approach is reminiscent of the kind of campaigns his grandfather would have run during his nearly three decades in politics, including four years as governor in the late 1970s and early 1980s. There was no social media at the time, PAC money hadn’t skyrocketed in the election, and candidates turned out in person to vote.
“I’ve seen him have a long career in upholding character and virtue. It gives me so much hope that this is possible and it’s not idealistic and it’s not unrealistic,” Quie said. . “People are drawn to this and people just need to tell politicians to start this conversation.”