Minor election hiccups in last week’s GUSA Senate special election
Unbeknownst to most students, last Tuesday, a special election took place to fill a vacancy in the Georgetown University Student Association Senate. With 76 votes, Andrew Foley (MSB ’10) beat out David Lee (NHS ’10), who had 63 votes, for the off-campus seat that Senator Josh Mogil (SFS ’11) vacated when he went abroad.
And, all things considered, Foley is lucky to have won. Lee’s strong showing appears to have been the result of a joke write-in campaign organized by his friends and roommates, including Nick Calta (COL ’10). (At least Lee didn’t win—last year, students elected two joke candidates to the Senate.)
“I’m Nick and I live with David. My roommates and I (not including David) have decided that he should win the GUSA Senate Special Election happening today,” Calta wrote in an e-mail. “We all agree that based on our experience of living with him for the past 8 months or so, he is a perfect candidate for this position.”
Calta then listed a few promises he expected Lee to make if elected, like “[eating] gummi bears at every meeting (assorted flavors)” and “[throwing] said gummi bears at people he disagrees with.” [Disclosure: David Lee is the former business manager for the Georgetown Voice.]
Senator Andrew Foley was also the beneficiary of a last-minute disqualification of his only other official opponent. The opponent? Recent Georgetown grad and former Georgetown Heckler editor Jack Stuef (COL ’09), who successfully signed up to run in the election. Stuef campaigned undisturbed by election officials for two days despite having graduated in December, living 500-or-so miles away in Michigan, and Tweeting profusely about his campaign on a Twitter feed followed by several Senators.
Read Calta’s full letter and check out a chronicle of Stuef’s campaign after the jump!
Stuef crammed a lot of negative campaigning into those brief two days. He chronicled his delightful, rule-breaking, mudslinging campaign on his Twitter feed:
Here’s the e-mail from Calta urging support for write-in candidate David Lee:
I’m Nick and I live with David. My roommates and I (not including David) have decided that he should win the GUSA Senate Special Election happening today. We all agree that based on our experience of living with him for the past 8 months or so, he is a perfect candidate for this position.
To vote, follow this link (before midnight tonight). You’ll need to put him as a write in candidate :
We guess that as a senator, he will promise to:
- Eat gummi bears at every meeting (assorted flavors)
- Throw said gummi bears at people he disagrees with
- Headbutt those he disagrees with if gummi bears do not work
- Increase panda awareness among the student body
Those of us in camp david believe that these platforms will revolutionize GUSA and Georgetown.
Please don’t tell David any of this, but tell others to vote for him. It will be much better if he wins without knowing he was running.
Nick Calta and Matt Strom
Unofficial Campaign Managers