|Is this the home of the future US President?|
A few hours ago, I had never heard of her. Now I am on a quest to find out whatever I can about her.
Elizabeth Gray is one of 13 people listed on the official ballot in the Texas Republican Party primary as a qualified candidate for President of the United States. In the Collin County ballot, which I will use to vote, Ms. Gray is listed just below Ted Cruz and above Rick Santorum and Donald J. Trump.
In theory, Elizabeth Gray could become the first female President.
If anyone can find her.
As I am not particularly enamored of any of the Republican candidates, I thought I'd check out Ms. Gray's views on some of the key issues. What does she think of the growing income equality gap? Does she advocate breaking up the too-big-to-jail banks? Does she favor sending more American soldiers to die in the deserts of the Middle East? Will she build fences across the Mexican and Canadian borders? Will she repeal the FATCA law which is ruining the daily lives of Americans overseas? (That's my personal hot-button issue, and Rand Paul would get my vote for being one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the US government to overturn it.)
However, the only information I could find on the web about Ms. Gray was her address in Taylor, Texas, a little crossroads town northeast of Austin.
Apparently her campaign doesn't even have a website. (Or even a yard sign.)
I thought perhaps the "local" newspaper would know about a homegrown candidate for the highest office in the free world, so I contacted the Austin American-Statesman. John B, Managing Editor, responded promptly: "Other than the name on the ballot, I’ve heard nothing about Ms. Gray. I can’t advise you as a voter, but if a candidate can’t find a way to produce a website to espouse his or her views, I usually don’t think much of his or her ability to lead the country."
John explained that to get on the GOP presidential ballot in Texas a candidate must either pay $5,000 or gather 300 signatures in 15 different congressional districts —"so anyone who really wants to can 'run' for president." Wow! Maybe I'll run in 2020. (Or maybe I'll think of a few thousand better ways to spend $5K.)
Now my interest was really piqued. I want to know what this woman stands for. I want her to be invited to one of the debates - since there are now several empty podiums available.
So I reached out to one of the best research sources I know of: a local librarian. Karen E, Taylor town librarian extraordinaire, responded to my email by contacting the City Clerk, the county Election Department, the county Republican offices ("who had no information on Ms. Gray - I had to give him her name and address"), and the "really local" newspaper, the Taylor Press. "Hopefully the Taylor Press reporters will have some luck," Karen told me. " It’s not every day that a local Taylorite ends up on a national ballot."
Karen couldn't resist a little dig: "I guess she’s very, very under the radar and no insults from Trump just yet."
Then I got a message from Jason H, News Editor at the Taylor Press (whom I had also contacted separately from the librarian), who gave me the sad news that they had learned Ms. Gray had withdrawn from the race. I guess it was her disappointing showing in New Hampshire, much like Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina.
But wait. Jason sent me another message. Taylor Press is reaching out to Ms. Gray for an interview. We may yet learn something about her. I simply must know.
And, since her name is still on the ballot, Texans can vote for her. Maybe I will. Is it possible I will be the one and only person to vote for Elizabeth Gray? Is that the definition of "one person, one vote"?
Who will join me? Let's get a grassroots tsunami going for Elizabeth Gray! We don't know who she really is or what she stands for, but how is that different from most of the candidates we've ever voted for?