IAmA Democratic congressional candidate for Virginia's 4th district and an atheist; my opponent, founder of the Prayer Congress, won't debate me. If elected, I'll create a sub-reddit and have my aides monitor it for suggested legislation and input...
My name is Barrett Brown; I'm a longtime redditor (BarrettBrown, natch), a contributor to Vanity Fair, the Skeptical Inquirer, and other outlets, and the founder of the distributed think-tank Project PM. I've recently been brought on as a pro bono advisor to the campaign of Wynne LeGrow, whom I've convinced to answer questions on reddit. Submit any questions below and Dr. LeGrow will answer as many as he can in a future post. He's also agreed to have his office create a sub-reddit where anyone can submit ideas for potential legislation or any other input; I have explained to him that reddit's user base represents a wide variety of skill sets and that its dynamics are such that good ideas will be voted, if not to the very top, at least high enough to compete with memes, joke answers, and pun threads, and that this medium can thus serve as a crowd-sourced advisory group possessing a number of advantages over more traditional means of getting information.
If admins would like to verify, PM this account and I'll put you in touch with the campaign manager.
I should also mention that the incumbent, Randy Forbes, once introduced legislation whereby Congress would affirm that "The Holy Bible is God's Word." Here's an article I wrote the other day with more information on the race. And here's our campaign site.
Update II: Electric Boogaloo
I'm going to go ahead and answer those questions involving facts about the election and district, such as how long the seat has been Republican and whether a particular county is located within that district; Wynne will be on eventually to answer questions that are directed at him.
Update III: George Lucas Screws Up Everything
Barrett here again. Those who would be interested in furthering the cause of internet-based improvements to governments and NGOs, as well as developing improved methods of collaboration, should e-mail me at [email protected] for information about joining Project PM.
Update, Uh, IV
Dr. LeGrow will be online on this account Tuesday around noon EST to respond to some of these questions. Thank to everyone for their interest and kind words.