Originally Posted by HC82
Let's be real here. The only reason GJ called Mason and is willing to publicly get behind poker is because nobody else will listen to the guy. And even then when discussing poker he still hedges his bets saying over and over (paraphrased) 'I could care less about poker this is just one of many instances of the government getting involved in our private lives' etc. Then he starts talking about bull riding or mountain biking.
He is not the poker candidate and his position on this is identical to Ron Paul's. Because RP is too busy to be courting 2+2 doesn't mean GJ is the better candidate, it means Mason is enjoying the attention.
Except replace Mason in your last sentence with online poker and I agree.
If anything, other (hopefully larger) political candidates can now see that supporting something like online poker doesn't just result in outcry and people getting on pedestals to ask the candidate "but what about the children?"
Supporting other candidates on an online poker forum is meaningless, they won't (up until this point) even talk about our cause.
As for people's votes, vote for whoever you want. This is an online poker forum, obviously many people have other, larger priorities, but we collectively have one thing in common.
There's a reason why unions, insurance groups, business associations, bicycle hobby groups or zillions more groups get behind candidates. They look for those that support their interest and often support them.
Say what you will about GJ's chances, but he's talking about online poker in the media, proving that other politicians can support our cause and his track record in New Mexico doesn't look too shabby by most accounts here.
I still don't entirely understand the uproar. I know this has become a purely social site for many, but a lot of us still play or aspire to play online poker, and at the very least are happy to see somebody speaking up about our cause. Even if he doesn't have a legitimate shot to win, even if we don't ultimately vote for him, there's still value here, more than if you sent money to Ron Paul at this moment (value for online poker, again, this is a poker forum, poker publisher, the poker player's alliance is represented here, news stories revolve around poker, etc.).
Nobody has to support him, but if you want to give back to the only guy talking about poker, he's here, and I see nothing wrong with that.