Montgomery County man jumps into race for Pennsylvania governor
A Montgomery County man began a write-in campaign for Pennsylvania governor a week ago, vowing not to accept any campaign contributions, hire staffers or pay for advertising.
“The only thing I will accept are ‘likes’ or ‘shares,’ ” Dave Naples, 49, said on his campaign’s Facebook page, where he refers to himself as “Governor Dave.”
Forty-three people “liked” the page as of Tuesday night.
The page didn’t list Naples’ last name — a problem for someone relying on write-in votes — until it was added Tuesday night.
Another problem: The webpage link Naples provided in a news release announcing his candidacy directed the Trib to a Facebook page for a Baltimore bartender who dubs himself as “Gov. Dave Rubin.” The link has since been corrected.
“I have not done this before,” said Naples, a database administrator who earned a bachelor’s degree in law and society from Penn State in 2012.
Naples, a Democrat, said he decided to run on a zero-dollar pledge to fight the trend of runaway spending in politics.
“I realize that the only possible way I could win this thing is if the only people allowed to vote in this election actually lived in my house,” Naples said.
“I’m trying to make a point, that money has become too central to our politics, that the idea of a government by the people, of the people and for the people has been replaced with the notion that the only way to win in politics is to either be rich or connected, and preferably both.”
Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.