IAmA 26-year old software engineer and I'm running for US Congress. AMA
My name is Patrick Kelly. I'm 26-years old. I develop software during the day, and I'm running for US congress in Kentucky's 6th District.
I'm saying this is an AMA, I'm keeping it AMA, but rather than turn this into a political debate, I figured we could use this more as a way for me to share what it's been like trying to run for the past several months and what my expectations are. A lot of people on here have stated an interest in running and so I wanted to show you the easy and hard parts.
If you do have any questions about my stances, check my webpage first, and I'd be happy to clarify anything. To save some time I'll tell you I'm anti-NDAA, anti-SOPA/PIPA/internet regulation, anti-patriot act, anti-drug war, pro-legalization, anti-war, pro-marriage equality, pro-thorium, among a host of other things and my opponents support of these things is a big part of why I got into the race. While we on reddit may not agree on the details of everything, I think it's important that most of us probably share the same goals and that it's important to keep a civil discussion.
EDIT Wow, what an enormous response. I'm trying to respond to as many of you as I can. I'm sorry if I don't get to your questions, but thank you so much for the support or general interest. 1300 or so comments is a lot to handle.
I want to say an extra thank you to those of you that have kept it civil and have been respectful, even though we may disagree on some key issues. James Madison intended congress to be run by forming coalitions based on issues, not on party lines. Unfortunately, our founders were not able to predict the damage done by political parties. I am glad to see there are those that can look past our differences and realize that someone who is an 80% friend is not a 20% enemy.
To those of you that chose to result to name calling and slander: U MAD BRO?
I'm going to try to put in an extra 30-40 minutes tonight answering, and I'll try to hit some more up tomorrow, though I do have a serious code run through to get done. Once again, thank you all!
EDIT 2 I realize I didn't put a time when I said 30-40 minutes, so lets make that 11:45 EST-ish