Casey Spooner has entered the presidential race, apparently.
The openly gay musician — perhaps better known as one half of Fischerspooner, the musical duo behind electroclash classics like “Emerge” and “The 15th” — took to social media over the weekend to announce that he’s running for president, Gay Star News reports.
“My name is Casey Spooner, and I’m running for president,” Spooner says in a video tweeted Sunday. “I don’t expect to win, but I do expect to make a difference. As a working artist, the only way I know how to deal with our current political crisis is to go towards the problem. I’ve been complacent in the past — no more.”
— Casey Spooner (@caseyspooner) July 7, 2019
Spooner says that his political complacency was the result of white privilege and a general mistrust of the American political machine and that he hopes his campaign will move others out of complacency. He doesn’t offer any concrete policy proposals yet, although he does say that he wants to prioritize people over profits so that our government is run “by the people, for the people.”
That’s all great, but…why is he running for president? Couldn’t he just campaign for a candidate he supports or throw his platform and resources behind an existing group of organizers working toward something he believes in?
“I’ve never gotten involved. That ends now,” he continues. “The point for me isn’t about winning. It’s about learning and growing.”
Again, I think you can do that without running for president!
It’s unclear if he’s seeking the Democratic nomination, which would see him entering into a crowded field of candidates that includes former vice president Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg; and senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. But he’s running! Apparently.