Rees, 30, has a lively twitter feed; much of my information comes from there. He lives in rural Bedford, and he is married with a son and a daughter. Politically speaking, he is a self-professed Ayn Rand Objectivist Libertarian/conservative, and like aznew, I wonder how he resolves the philosophical tensions therein. Interestingly, today he celebrated Iowa's decision on gay marriage (I think; it was re-tweeted three times). His main issue is the Fair Tax.
Importantly, Rees is planning on primarying former Congressman Goode (and other rumored candidates) for the Republican nod to run against Tom. Or has he accepted a position on Goode's staff? That, however, was an April Fools joke, I think. Or is he going to run for a third party? For some clarification, his most recent tweet on the matter suggests he is running for the Republican nod.
His campaign website is SonsofLiberty2k10 and his personal blog is SonofLiberty2k10. His main platforms are to institute the Fair Tax, to commission a 10th Amendment Review Committee to return power to state/local governments, to marginalize and cripple lobbyist influence, and, curiously, to never be a lawyer. His personal bio page begins in sweetness:
For once in your life, you are about to meet a politician who can actually live up to the first 6 letters in the word “candidate.” Prepare to be amazed.Interestingly his bio page doesn't offer his name or other pertinent biographical information, but he does offer this:
If we are truly ready to embrace “change,” then how about we ditch the status-quo and join up with a true ”maverick” who will give you “straight talk” and “hope.” That’s right, me. The guy with no money to speak of, who has no influence to peddle. The guy who simply wants to help put an end to the cycle of the common man feeling left out of the process. Isn’t it still “we, the people?”His blog, on the other hand, has the following (anti-Perriello) purpose:
Here I will catalog faithfully the steps (and/or mis-steps) of freshman Congressman Tom S. P. Perriello. If I agree with his stance on a given issue, I will admit it here. If I don’t agree, you can expect to read my take on the issue, and the vote I would have made as your Congressman.His "One The Issues" page does not (yet) contain any issue statements, and his initial post details his political and Libertarian philosophy.
Also of note, there is a Tax Day Tea Party in Lynchburg on April 15th, and Rees apparently will be a speaker. So will Goode.
If Rees is going to run against Goode, it will, of course, be an uphill battle, made worse if other rumored candidates decide to challenge. In this light, however, I can't help but conclude with aznew's thoughtful sentiment:
[We are] dedicated to electing Progressives, not Ayn Rand Objectivist Libertarian/Conservatives, so we can't endorse you. But in the spirit of pluralism, and with an abiding belief in American Constitutionalism, even if we interpret that differently than do you, we nonetheless salute you for putting yourself out there, caring and participating constructively in the political process. We hope you give Virgil a run for his money.