One of the “joys” of running for office is the many candidate questionnaires you receive. Most of the time, it is pretty clear from the wording of the question what response the sender wants. Sometimes they forms allow you to amplify of explain your response.
As a “third party” candidate, I believe it would be very difficult for me to receive the endorsement of any of the groups who send me a questionnaire, regardless of how I answer the question. I fill them out anyway because this is an inexpensive way of getting my message out.
For the record, and for you reading enjoyment, I will post these questionnaires with my responses online.
This first one, from the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation, I though was interesting because the first series of questions asked me what personal or professional associations I thought I would receive support from. I resisted the temptation to mark “very unlikely” straight down the line. They also let me answer some open-ended questions.
The Grass Roots North Carolina survey always poses a dilemma for me. Two of the questions deal with gun owners rights vs. property rights. The GRNC insist that anyone with concealed carry permits should be allowed to carry in a restaurant. They also believe a concealed carry holders should be allowed to have a gun locked in their car at their place of employment.
I answered “neutral” to those questions, and explained that while I believe state law should not ban these rights, the restaurant owner or employer should have the right not to allow concealed carry on their property.
Here are the others.