In Missouri, a Republican candidate for Senate hopes to stand out from the crowded primary race with an attention-grabbing infrastructure plan: pot for potholes.
C.W. Gardner, a doorman for a condominium, is among 21 candidates running for the Republican Senate nomination. With such a crowded race for the candidacy, Gardner is using his catchy plan and satirical campaign ads to get the attention of voters.
In a campaign video, Gardner might go for the laughs, but he also outlines the basics of his pot for potholes proposal. “Legalize marijuana at the federal level and take a portion of the tax money collected to bankroll research and development for pothole eradication,” he explained in his campaign video.
On A Mission Against Potholes
Missouri marijuana activists are already pushing for legalization to be included on the ballot in November’s election, so Gardner’s plan may already have supporters on his side.
Aside from fighting for legalized marijuana, Gardner’s goal is to make potholes a thing of the past. His campaign video shows him repairing potholes while outlining his plan for a National Pothole Task Force.
“Scientists, engineers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and federally funded research universities all working toward a common goal: eradicating potholes from this great country,” he says in the video.
The pot for potholes plan isn’t the only part of his campaign video that caught the attention of viewers. Gardner was also very blunt about his opinions on some of the other candidates running for the Republican Senate nomination.
From claiming that U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler “thinks it is moral to harbor and spew hate against gay and trans people simply for being alive” to saying that Eric Schmidt is “looking for a public school district to sue for protecting its students from a health crisis,” Gardner isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind.
The St. Louis Senate hopeful wants to spend less time fighting “ridiculous culture wars” and more time “fixin’ things.”
The Senator Missouri Deserves
Gardner is not accepting donations for his campaign, so he doesn’t have to worry about the paperwork or compromising his values. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he paid his $500 candidate entry fee in cash.
The primary election will take place on August 2, narrowing the crowded field of hopefuls to a single candidate per party. Whether or not Gardner wins the nomination, he seems to be enjoying the ride. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his Senate race is for fun, though it maintains a “tinge” of being serious. Also, he does not expect to win.
One visit to his Twitter account (@cwg18) sums up his personality and his campaign. Aside from tweets with his very particular brand of humor and opinion, he also includes a tongue-in-cheek slogan right under his Twitter handle:
“He’s not what Missourah needs, but he’s what Missourah deserves.”