June 24, 2008
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Detroit, MI – More than 10,000 Michiganders signed up to volunteer for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and donated over $600,000 to the maverick libertarian Republican this past year. “Ron Paul: Hope for America” campaign signs dotted lawns across the state, and home-made volunteer-sponsored “Ron Paul Revolution” billboards appeared along roadsides from the Ohio/Indiana borders to the northernmost tip of the U.P. But since the presidential primary on January 15, the energy of the state’s nascent libertarian/constitutionalist movement has waned. Scotty Boman, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, hopes to revitalize that movement with his candidacy.
Just as Ron Paul’s momentum began on the Internet, Scotty Boman hopes to build credibility with a cuttingedge Web site as well. “It’s the best Web site of any of the Michigan candidates for U.S. Senate,” says Boman.
The site (http://www.boman08.com) prominently features Ron Paul, whom Scotty met and voted for in 1988 when Ron Paul was running for president as the Libertarian Party’s nominee. Volunteers are able to “Sign-up with Scotty!” in a similar fashion that they signed up with Ron Paul, and dozens of Michiganders have already done so. A “Tell a Friend” option allows visitors to send a message about the site to everyone in their e-mail address books, which has already resulted in thousands of hits since the site’s debut Saturday afternoon. And of course, there is the ability for supporters to make online contributions to the campaign.
But Scotty knows that campaigns are won in the “real world,” not in cyberspace. The Internet can be extraordinarily helpful in building momentum for a campaign, but ultimately, it’s about reaching individual voters. The Boman campaign has a plan to do so outlined on its Web site.
And unlike most third-party campaigns, Boman 08 promises to have the necessary infrastructure. It already has a Campaign Manager, Fundraising Director, and Youth Coordinator on staff, and it has the support of many senior officials in the Ron Paul for Michigan campaign. Yesterday, Leslie Roszman, the statewide coordinator for Ron Paul in Michigan, endorsed Scotty.
Scotty’s candidacy also promises to be different from past Libertarian campaigns by virtue of the fact that he enjoys excellent name recognition across the state—especially among fans of the Detroit Red Wings. That’s because Scotty Boman just happens to share his name with the local NHL team’s former coach, Scotty Bowman, who led the state’s beloved hockey team to Stanley Cup victories in 1997, 1998, and 2002.
Scotty Boman co-chaired the effort to get the Libertarian Party back on Michigan’s ballot in 1993. He has been a Libertarian candidate in every statewide partisan election since, this being the eighth time. In 1997, Scotty was endorsed by the Detroit News in his campaign for Detroit City Council. Scotty was a grassroots leader of the Michigan for Ron Paul campaign, organizing one of the state’s largest Meetup groups and volunteering at the campaign’s Detroit headquarters. He was born in Detroit, where he continues to live today.
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with responses from activists and Candidates who want to
participate and also folks who have asked for clarification.
So let me apologize for the hasty request which caused some
The intent of the request is to create, for posting on the RtR
web site, and in Republic Magazine, a State by State listing of
Ron Paul Platform, Lovers of the Constitution, Freedom Candidates,
running for any level seat; whether School Board, Mayor, City
Council, County, State, or Federal. We want to know you're there
so we can tell others to vote for you, help you, and support your
The Activist element is alive and well, and you want to know who
you might be able to help in your local races. This piggybacks
on Dr. Paul's message earlier in the week. We can't support good
Candidates if their candidacies are a secret and we don't know
where they are. Right?
Since last week's email blast, our activists have TOTALLY
overwhelmed me with requests to know who is running in their
THIS IS the year for Freedom! I've also received many emails
from around the Country, from Candidates running for office.
That's Great news!
So to clarify the request: If you are a Candidate, or know a
Candidate running on the Ron Paul Freedom Message, no matter
what level seat is being sought, you may go to the link below
and submit your information. We will organize it according to
State, and put it out there for your supporters to see.
First, you MUST HAVE FILED. If you're still thinking about
running, we won't include your information. You MUST HAVE
FILED, and officially be a Candidate.
The DEADLINE for submission of your information is JUNE 27th.
We need to have time to organize the info and get it posted so
anyone wanting to help can jump in there and get the job done
before election time.
Campaigning is a long, hard, lonely road. We appreciate you and
your commitment. That's why we want to know you're out there and
want to support your efforts. Thanks again for your interest,
and I'm eager for your response.
Ilona Urban, Blakeley
RTR/AFTF SC Volunteer Coordinator
Press Secretary to the Late Aaron Russo, In Grateful Remembrance
864-253-0330 (land line)
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