Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12th Press Release - Version 1


UW Political Science Alumnus Enters Race for U.S. House
Independent write-in candidate to seek Wisconsin’s 2nd-district congressional seat

            Joe Kopsick, a twenty-five-year-old Madison resident and former political science major at UW-Madison, is running as an independent write-in candidate for this November’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district.
            In September 2011, he declared candidacy for the seat, which was left vacant when seven-term Democratic congresswoman Tammy Baldwin declined to seek re-election and decided to instead run for the U.S. Senate.
            Kopsick - one of nine candidates to have formally declared intention to run for the office - has had only three opponents since the two major parties held primaries in mid-August. They are Democratic State Assemblyman Mark Pocan; 2010 Republican nominee Chad Lee; and independent write-in candidate Rocky Ison.        
            As write-in candidates who did not secure ballot access, Kopsick and Ison have been excluded from three events open to candidates with ballot access.
            The events included two debates – one which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and the other an upcoming debate sponsored by the Rotary Club of Madison – as well as the membership meeting of a local businessmen’s organization, which will feature Pocan and Lee as guest speakers.
            On October 7th, Kopsick - a self-described libertarian-leaning independent - spoke at the steps of the State Capitol during the 42nd Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival. He invoked the Interstate Commerce Clause to criticize the constitutionality of federal drug laws; and criticized candidate Lee’s silence on the issue, as well as candidate Pocan’s lack of consistency on matters concerning related personal freedoms.
            Kopsick believes that to free the market is to relieve and moderate suffering, desire, and dissatisfaction; to support enlightened, rational consent to associations; and to oppose maliciousness, accidental harm and benefit, information hoarding, the suppression of values systems, inhibitions on price adjustment, concentration of influence and power, and non-negligible transaction costs.
            Kopsick says that the need for economic efficiency and social justice calls upon all members and sectors of society - as a tentative coalition of individuals, businesses, cooperatives, and communities - to promote the consent of the governed, and freer choice and alternatives in elections; to bring about an egalitarian funding system for governments through boycott and social convention; and to reject predatory lending, the manipulation of currency values and interest rates, and speculation without full possession of assets; in order to guard against the excessive and undue influence of unnatural monopolies and oligarchies of all varieties; be they representatives of government, labor, or capital.
            Kopsick’s campaign is active in social-media coordination; the candidate administers the Facebook group “Joe Kopsick for Congress in 2012”, and runs a YouTube channel called JoeKopsick4Congress, a blog called The Aquarian Agrarian, and an official website, which can be viewed at

- Joseph W. Kopsick
  Candidate and Committee Treasurer
  Joe Kopsick for Congress              

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