Montgomery County man jumps into race for Pennsylvania governor |
Politics Election

Montgomery County man jumps into race for Pennsylvania governor

Tom Fontaine

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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.