It’s very rare you hear a political candidate say, “I don’t have a plan,” but it’s a statement Marc Beaman says he’s happy to tout:
The two parties and all the candidates come up with their “plans,” and I’ve noticed that regardless of how good their plans sound, they have brought us nothing but failure and economic ruin.
While most of the attention in the election race for US House District 2 seat in South Carolina has been between Republican Joe Wilson and Democrat Rob Miller, other candidates are officially listed on the ballot.
One is Beaufort construction manager Marc Beaman, who is running as the Constitution Party choice. Beaman says he did not want to get into politics, but decided to run after becoming frustrated with the system:
I myself was a conservative Republican. Most of my life, I have voted Republican. I voted for George Bush. In the past, I have voted for Joe Wilson, the incumbent. But what I’ve noticed that their plans and policies have left us in failure.
Beaman said he initially wanted to run as an independent, but realized he would have trouble getting the required 10,000 signatures to be listed on the ballot. He decided to campaign for the tiny Constitution Party. He won the party’s nomination in May.
Although he avoids a specific plan, Beaman does list a few general platform ideas. He says he is in favor of lower taxes and smaller government. He also supports rules requiring a balanced budget.
Beaman runs the general contracting company Construction Associates. He says the federal government needs to learn a few strategies from small businesses like his own:
If I can do something more effectively by sub-contracting it than doing it myself, I look at it, I evaluate it, and I take the most cost-efficient means to do that. The government can do that, too.
With Republicans and Democrats dominating the political spectrum, any third-party candidate faces seemingly insurmountable hurdles in their campaign.
While recognizing his underdog status, Bauman said he was still upset when the public television station ETV would not allow him to participate in its upcoming debate between Miller and Wilson:
The problem I have with this… is that this is a public entity. When a public entity excludes someone like me, they’re giving an unfair advantage to the Republican and Democratic parties.
House District 2 covers 10 counties in a hook that stretches from Columbia through Aiken and down to Hilton Head Island. Libertarian Eddie McCain is also running for the seat.