Brad Froman of Fredericksburg Enters U.S. Senate Race as Write-In Candidate

Brad Froman, a small business owner, has decided to enter the U.S. Senate race as an independent, write-in candidate reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In a video on Froman’s website he holds that Democrats and Republicans have “seriously damaged” Washington. Froman also promises a campaign that is positive and focuses on the issues.

“My goal is to earn your support with ideas that create a healthier, stronger foundation for you and your family that ends the abuse of hard-working tax payers by the political class,” Froman claims.

Froman has also vowed to run a moneyless campaign. This results in his decision to run as a write in candidate because he did not have the $45,000 to $90,000 that would be needed to petition for signatures to get on the ballot. He plans to campaign by speaking to groups and utilizing social media to spread his message.

“I am gambling on the voters looking for and independent candidate with good, common sense ideas who will not be tainted by money,” Froman said Tuesday.

Froman will run against Ed Gillespie (R) and incumbent Mark Warner (D), who has served in the Senate since 2009.

Who Is David Brat?

In the wake of yesterday’s historic upset, Americans are scrambling to find out who exactly is David Brat, the man who defeated the House majority leader in the primary elections.

Before beginning his political career, Brat was a conservative economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. Three years ago, Brat ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, but was passed over in favor of Eric Cantor, according to the New York Times.

This time, however, Brat defeated Cantor by appealing to Virginians in a way that Cantor could not. The tea party candidate’s academic has centered around capitalism and ethics and has largely influenced his political ideology, which stands in direct opposition to “crony capitalism and the Wall Street ‘crooks’ who, in his eyes, cheat and destroy a beautiful system,” according to the Washington Post.

He opposes immigration reform and federal education policies such as the Common Core standards and No Child Left Behind, and he is highly critical of what he sees as market manipulation on Wall Street. He aligns himself with Ayn Rand and Protestantism, and he defines himself as pro-free market and anti-crony capitalism.

His opinions on minimum wage may be a bit more nuanced. When asked for an position on a federal minimum wage on MSNBC, he responded, “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” according to the New York Times. He went on to say that “you cannot artificially make up wage rates,” according to the Washington Post. Some are interpreting this as an unpreparedness, but others argue that it’s just good economic sense.

Regardless of how Brat implements his political ideology in the future, simply displacing Cantor will have long-lasting implications for Congress and for the Obama administration.