After almost seven months on the campaign trail, I'm sorry to report that it's worse than I thought it would be.  Seeing how candidates have to maneuver to curry favor is sickening.  Witnessing the shallowness of the electorate is depressing.  And there's the always-present stench of corporate influence.

A friend said it seemed like I wanted to go take a shower. A month of showers won't help.

When I announced I was running, I hoped I'd be creating a platform to talk about ideas.  The truth is, I already had that platform at BlueNC.   But beyond that, it turns out that campaigns aren't even about ideas. They're about money and connections. I knew that going in, but somehow I didn't internalize it. Now that I have, it's like drinking poison. I don't have the stomach for it.

Ironically, being a candidate has actually interfered with my ability to be heard.  If I say something critical of Roy Cooper, my words get filtered through a competitive lens. "Of course Protzman would criticize Cooper. He's running against him."

I wish I could say it's been fun while it lasted, but I can't. I won't miss it. Not one little bit.


PS  Ken Spaulding is also running for governor.  Keep an eye on him.  He's a good guy.

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commented 2013-11-24 06:17:16 -0800
TY :)
commented 2013-10-17 08:49:44 -0700
“But beyond that, it turns out that campaigns aren’t even about ideas. They’re about money and connections.” – how sad but true. You see folks offering up their endorsements at this early stage simply to jockey for positions – and by that I mean paying staff or consulting jobs.
commented 2013-10-16 14:12:53 -0700
James, you are too good for this sorry electorate. I hate to see you go, but completely understand and support your decision. Keep doing what you do best, educating backward hillbillies like me. Eventually we will win, because the arc of the moral universe does indeed bend toward justice.

Namaste brother.
commented 2013-10-16 10:46:39 -0700
You tried. That counts. Please use whatever influence you have to encourage the NCDP to recruit and field good candidates for the state legislature and to get some decent person to run against Mike McIntyre.
commented 2013-10-16 08:50:07 -0700
I understand completely, totally, utterly. It’s why I would never run for office. Now keep raising hell!!! You are awesome.
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