Richard Thripp for Congress: DemCast Meet the Candidates Questionnaire

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UPDATE: Check out the final article here, published August 3rd, 2020!

July 30, 2020

Candidate Name: Richard Thripp
Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns: he/his/him
Campaign Website:
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City, State: Orange City, FL
What office are you running for? U.S. House, Florida’s 6th District
With which party are you running for office? Democratic Party
Election Date: 8/18/2020, 11/03/2020

Why are you running for office?

I’m running to make a difference for Central Floridians and give us local, progressive representation in Congress. The people of Daytona Beach have been left behind for too long. We deserve so much better. I know this area and have lived in Volusia County since birth. I will work toward universal healthcare to benefit local residents and healthcare providers, increased Title I funding for our schools, affordable housing, a Green New Deal to retire failing fossil fuels and save our children’s future and coasts, protecting and strengthening Social Security for our district’s many retirees, and a universal basic income to put money in the pockets of the 99%, rather than top businesses and the wealthy elites.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

I would say COVID-19 at the moment, the climate crisis in the long term, and a lack of opportunity for residents in the medium term. I know that’s 3 things, not 1, so let me just focus on opportunity. We have among the lowest median wages of any metropolitan area in Florida. There are 553,000 people in Volusia County, who have for too long been forgotten, left behind, and stood in the shadow of Orlando (and, to a lesser extent, Jacksonville). The people of mid-town Daytona Beach don’t even have a grocery store. I’m going to put a congressional district office right here in mid-town Daytona Beach to help constituents (replacing the Port Orange office—those folks can drive a little bit). We’ll have a shuttle back and forth to the Social Security office in Port Orange.

I’m going to work toward Medicaid expansion in Florida. I’m going to whip votes for H.R. 584, the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act of 2019, and re-introduce it in the 117th Congress myself if I have to. Oklahoma, a deep red state, just expanded Medicaid. Florida has left over $50 billion on the table, and over 800,000 Floridians without coverage, due to refusing on partisan grounds to expand Medicaid since January 1, 2014. We need to make it very clear that the Republican party works against small businesses. It works against the little guy—folks like you. I’ll fight for Medicare for All—universal healthcare for all Americans. Nurses, physicians, and allied health providers support it. It would be a huge boost to our economy, to public health, and to American entrepreneurship and ingenuity. How many folks do you know who are stuck in jobs they hate just for the health insurance?

I’ll work to fully fund education. Two-thirds of Volusia County schools are Title I schools. I’m an educator with a PhD in Education who has studied financial literacy and economics. I’ve taught 300 students at UCF, mostly future teachers. We need to prioritize education at all levels. We need to forgive these ridiculous student loan debts and never let it happen again. We need to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. We need to reduce militarism, repeal and replace the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act,” and fully staff and fund our IRS. Wealth stratification is out of control. Vote #Thripp2020 for a Change for the Many. These are dark, tragic times, but I believe a Great Democratic American Comeback and American Renaissance is around the corner.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

The divide has definitely widened. We’ve got to return power to the people. We need to make it easier to run for office and to end big money’s influence in politics. It’s basically legal bribery. We have to agree on facts. The Republican party is basically committing harakiri at this point. I think it will be difficult, in 6 months, to find a Republican politician who admits to having supported Trump. Republicans are going to have to support environmentalism, labor protections, education, healthcare, good jobs, and social safety nets. We’ll have a blue House, blue Senate, and blue presidency in 2021. We need to invoke the nuclear option in the Senate and act unilaterally, like the Republicans did with the greatest robbery of the U.S. Treasury in modern history (The “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act”). The American people will see the results, and they are going to love it.

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I’m a husband to Kristy and father to Ricky, our 17-month-old son. He is why I’m running for Congress. I want him and all the other little kids like him to have a future. We cannot keep allowing awful politicians like the boot-licking Trump incumbent to hold the reins. Being your congressman for Florida’s 6th district comes with a $1.4 million annual taxpayer budget for offices, resources, and staff to write laws, help constituents, and advocate for you. The incumbent Republican has done an awful job—if you send him a question you get a form email response that has nothing to do with your inquiry, and then he counts that in the 11,000 emails his office “answered” in 2019. There are plenty of other ways I could volunteer to make a difference, but in running for Congress here, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact. I saw the Democrats had no real candidate, and how out-of-touch the freshman incumbent is, not even living in the district or knowing the area. That’s why I decided to run now. It couldn’t wait. This district is only an R+7. Oklahoma’s 5th district is an R+10 and flipped blue in 2018. Utah’s 4th district is an R+13 and flipped. We can do it. This is not a long-shot campaign just to make a political statement. We’re making a big political statement AND WE’RE TAKING IT TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!! WE’RE GOING TO WALTZ RIGHT INTO YOUR CONGRESSIONAL SEAT, MR. WALTZ!!

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

Please visit us at and put in your info. You can text our Google Voice line at 386-232-8172 or email We’d love your help. We can just get you started amplifying us on social media with your personal account if you’d like. We’re doing text banking, canvassing (just leaving door hangers due to COVID-19), and spinning up phone banking. We have DNC VoteBuilder Florida now (it cost $3,500—ouch!). We need your help.

UPDATE: Check out the final article here, published August 3rd, 2020!

Dr. Richard Thripp is a teacher educator, husband, father, and progressive Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida’s 6th district.

We have been listed as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate, and we have been endorsed by the National Solidarity Movement, the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, Florida for Bernie, Our Revolution: Florida, Our Revolution: Volusia, Progressives for Democracy in America: Central Florida Chapter, Volusia for Justice, Flagler for Bernie, St. Johns for Bernie, The Hill of Roses, Dr. Tim Wilson of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Dr. Wendy Anderson of Stetson University, and Dr. Gary Mottola of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation!

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Vote Richard Thripp on August 18th, 2020 in the Democratic primary, or sign up to vote by mail by August 8th.

Endorsement by the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida


We are proud of our endorsement from the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida.

In Congress, I will champion the United States’ obligation to deliver a Green New Deal for the American people, to protect our beautiful beaches and earth.

We must secure our children’s future.


Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

July 20, 2020

Dear Richard Thripp,

The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida proudly endorses you for U.S. House of Representative, District 6. We applaud your commitment to the environment and to the people of Florida.

At the heart of our mission to preserve, protect and enhance Florida’s natural resources, the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF), DECF Endorsement Committee, along with its county caucuses, works to identify and support Democratic elected officials and candidates like you who are committed to support and promote suitable action on critical environmental issues and legislation.

Congratulations and thank you for your willingness to serve the public and stand for office as a Florida Democrat, and thank you for taking the time to share with us your views on critical environmental matters. We look forward to working with you in the future.

With your acceptance, a press release, photo-op and publicity will be conducted with Covid health and safety and social distancing requirements. Please contact the DECF Publicity Committee’s Chair to arrange the press release. Again, congratulations on your endorsement.

Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida
Janelle Christensen, President
Dustin Thaler, Vice President

Here are my complete responses to the DECF’s endorsement questionnaire.

May 12, 2020

1. Why do you feel the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) should support your candidacy? Please share some of your experiences that support your answer.

I will champion environmental and progressive issues. As a young father I care deeply about the climate crisis and the future of our ecosystems and planet.

2. If you have previously served in elected office, what specific environmental legislation or policies have you sponsored or championed while in office, and what have you publicly proposed to introduce if you are elected?

I have not. However, here is an SSRN paper on the climate crisis that I wrote in April 2019: A Ratio for the Relative Climate Change Impact of an Economic Activity

I’ve also written quite a bit about the urgency of the climate crisis and the lunacy of our current approach (continuing to frack, subsidize fossil fuels, expand highways and airports, fly, cruise, etc.). These writings have appeared on Facebook, Twitter, and my personal website.

Specific Positions on Issues

3. Do you support the Green New Deal or a similar comprehensive plan to address energy, environment and climate? Why or why not?

I support and will co-sponsor the Green New Deal in Congress.

4. How do you envision the role of fossil fuels (natural gas, oil, coal) in America’s energy tool box going forward, including the various methods of extraction (such as fracking, onshore and off shore drilling and fracking)?

We need to reduce our use of oil and natural gas and quickly eliminate the extraction and combustion of coal. We are using far too much and it’s going to be very bad for our children, and many of the impacts are being felt already.

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is disastrous for our fresh water, atmosphere, and ecosystems. It should be federally banned. Fracking produces methane emissions which have a greenhouse effect much worse than CO2, as well as large amounts of natural gas as a by-product. There is so much natural gas that the industry wants to “flare” or burn off into the atmosphere due to its lack of value, which is insane. The fracking industry itself is barely profitable and is losing tremendous amounts of money with the recent low oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic. If the costs of environmental devastation were priced into each fracturing operation, there would be NO fracking nationwide, or worldwide, for that matter, even without an outright prohibition.

The incumbent Republican Congressman I will be running against in November 2020, Michael Waltz, was a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism during George W. Bush’s presidency. Cheney was Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000, which patented fracking in the 1940s, specializes in oil extraction through traditional means and via fracking, and was also partly responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. You can bet Waltz’s so-called “conservative values” include support for, and campaign contributions from, the oil and fracking industries. It is puzzling that being a “conservative” does not include conserving the one and only planet we have.

I support a nationwide prohibition on fracking and the speedy closing of existing fracking wells, and will co-sponsor the Ban Fracking Act put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the U.S. House of Representatives when it is re-introduced in the 117th Congress.

It should also be noted that, in addition to the above criticisms, fracking is also completely inappropriate in Florida due to our peninsula’s limestone substructure and would cause catastrophic and unpredictable sinkholes.

5. What is your understanding of the effects of climate change on health, education, national security, immigration, and economy?

Climate change is an all-encompassing crisis for humans and the planet alike. I’ve read countless articles about the multi-faceted impacts, including David Wallace-Wells’s book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, in its entirety. The climate crisis spreads disease and tragedy. It causes strife, struggle, and death. Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle hard affecting health, education, and the economy. Many schools and structures still have not been re-built. Hurricanes Matthew and Irma were damaging to Florida’s 6th congressional district, and Dorian could have been an unparalleled disaster. The oceans are hotter. There is more water vapor and other greenhouse gases in the air. The U.S. military is bracing for sea level rise and widespread global upheaval. Our food supply will be affected. Billions of climate refugees will have to relocate worldwide. Florida is especially vulnerable to the ramifications of the climate crisis. We need action now!

6. Identify 3 environmental issues that in your opinion are most critical to the United States and what actions would you propose to address these issues. Please be specific.

1. We need resiliency plans for our coasts. We need managed retreat, moratoriums on new development in dangerous areas, and heavy funding and long-range planning, particularly for people living in poverty who are often in the most at-risk areas. Congressional action would help. We need a national strategy.

2. We need to secure out fresh water and keep our waterways clean. We need to minimize plastic waste, industrial and wastewater runoff, and other pollution. Florida needs to get rid of its outrageous consumptive use permits that allow bottled water companies to extract over a million gallons a day from our aquifer without paying a cent. Nationally, fracking is chewing up our fresh water and destroying our planet, which affects Florida, too. Congress needs to act. We cannot have four more years of Donald Trump and the Republicans destroying the American people and our country. The Environmental Protection Agency must have funding and enforcement power. Big business is running roughshod over us and our lands.

3. We need a Green New Deal. We need to comprehensively attack the climate crisis. COVID-19 shows us that it is possible to live without cruises, flying, and tourism. We need to retain these gains while correcting our losses, such as on plastic waste which is exploding right now. Companies that create the plastic waste should have to pay for its total costs, including greenhouse gas emissions and recycling or landfill disposal.

Please support our campaign by donating $6 for District 6 today!

Vote Richard Thripp on August 18th, 2020 in the Democratic primary, or sign up to vote by mail by August 8th. As of July 21st, 2020, 5,874 Democrats in Volusia County alone have already voted by mail!

Endorsement by Florida for Bernie

Thank you for your endorsement, Florida for Bernie! This is huge! We will win on August 18th, we will win on November 3rd, and then the real work will begin. We will change hearts and minds in favor of Medicare for All and a Green New Deal in the United States House of Representatives.

This is in addition to our campaign’s previous endorsements by Our Revolution: Volusia, Volusia for Justice, Flagler for Bernie, and St. Johns for Bernie. We are very excited to now have a statewide endorsement!


July 14, 2020

We are proud to announce our endorsement of a fighter for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Richard Thripp, PhD.

Richard Thripp studied financial literacy and understands the inequities and inequalities that plague our society and economy. He speaks truth to power with his progressive values. He will fight on behalf of Central Floridians and all Americans. Richard will be up against Michael Waltz, a Never Trumper turned Trump lackey. Richard understands the 6th District as a lifelong resident unlike his opponent who is most comfortable on Fox News or in D.C. making deals for the Military Industrial Complex. Waltz’s primary home and homesteaded house is in St. Augustine, that’s in the 4th District!

Richard will fight for Universal Healthcare and Medicaid expansion in Florida, increasing educational funding and student loan forgiveness, raising the minimum wage and UBI, fully funding SS, federal legalization of cannabis and police reform, the Green New Deal and other climate justice reforms, and last but not least strengthening workers’ rights.

Before we get to vote for Richard in the general, we need to get him past the primary on August 18. Please support him how you can by liking his page Richard Thripp for Congress and donating if you can. It’s time for Change for the Many and Richard will diligently work to bring that change to Washington.

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Vote Richard Thripp on August 18th, 2020 in the Democratic primary, or sign up to vote by mail today.

Endorsement by Dr. Gary Mottola, Statistician & Research Director

Thank you, Dr. Gary Mottola, for your endorsement! Gary and I “met” (digitally) when I was working with data from the National Financial Capability Study in my PhD studies. Gary is the Research Director for this study, conducted once each 3 years. He’s a statistician and financial expert who studies Americans’ financial literacy and capability nationwide.

July 14, 2020

Richard is a teacher and educator who cares deeply about our nation’s children and our next generation of teachers. I’ve worked with him as he studied the financial capability of future teachers and ways to improve it. Richard is a problem-solver with a can-do attitude. He has the skills and self-discipline to succeed in Congress and make a great difference for hard-working, struggling Central Floridians. We need to elect more capable young educators like Richard–people who understand the importance of education to building a fairer and more economically equitable United States of America. Dr. Richard Thripp has my full endorsement, and I hope to see him in Washington as the next United States Representative for Florida’s 6th district.

– Dr. Gary Mottola
Research Director

Gary was a member of my dissertation committee where I studied the financial literacy of future teachers. He gave me invaluable feedback and expert wisdom, and we have become great friends. We finally got to meet in person on February 6, 2020 at Union Station in Washington, DC, when Kristy, our son, and I visited Washington at the start of our campaign!

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Endorsement by Dr. Wendy Anderson of Stetson University

Thank you, Dr. Wendy Anderson, Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at Stetson University, for your endorsement! Together, we will work toward a Green New Deal to save our planet.


July 9, 2020

As a scientist and educator, I support bold leaders who are willing to take a stand to protect our environment, and to ensure that our children and grandchildren will have a stable climate and the natural resources they need to thrive. After several conversations with Dr. Richard Thripp, I am convinced that he will be the best representative for Florida’s 6th District in the U.S. Congress to get the U.S. back on track with the Paris Agreement and to move us toward a Green New Deal. If you care about the environment, please take a serious look at Dr. Thripp’s positions on the issues. You will see that he is our best candidate to promote healthy environments, healthy communities and a healthy economy!

Wendy Anderson, PhD
Candidate for Volusia Soil and Water Conservation, District 4
Professor and Chair of Environmental Science
Stetson University

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Endorsement by Dr. Tim Wilson of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University

Thank you, Dr. Tim Wilson of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, for your endorsement and support! I won’t let you down!


July 7, 2020

I’m Tim Wilson, a lifelong Democrat, and I endorse Richard Thripp for the Democratic Party nomination for Florida’s 6th congressional district.

I’m a native Tennessean, but a semi-native Floridian. When I was a kid, my family vacationed at a mom-and-pop beach motel (The Mermaid, now gone and replaced by the hulking Grand Coquina condominium) in Daytona Beach Shores every Fourth of July (my daddy would go to the Firecracker 400). My mom was one of the original residents of Pelican Bay when it was developed in the early 1980s. My husband and I have been residents of Volusia County since moving here in 2000 to take care of her in her later days. We’ve lived in the Shores, in Debary, and, currently, in Port Orange. I’m on the faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where I serve as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I’m the advisor to the campus Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics organization, supporting LGBTQ+ young persons as they grow into their professions.

Richard is the progressive voice we need. He comes from a background as a Republican in a right-wing Trump supporting family. That’s great! We welcome former Republicans and “soon to be former Republicans” (Mayor Pete) in this big tent Democratic Party. Whatever political environment he comes from, Richard supports progressive issues like jobs that pay enough for a family to grow and thrive, access to health care for all, saving our planet from climate disaster, and addressing long-standing racial and economic injustices.

A young man with a young family, Richard is running a grassroots campaign from his home here in Volusia County. He’s local, with degrees from Daytona State and UCF. Contrast that to current ghost rep Mike Waltz who’s never even lived in our district, much less shown one iota of interest in it.

I am confident that Richard will make a fine Representative. He will listen to and serve his constituents, and he will make taking care of ordinary folks, in our district and nationwide, his priority. I would be proud to have him represent us.

Timothy A. Wilson, PhD
Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University

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Richard Thripp for Congress (Florida’s 6th District): WJXT News4Jax Voter’s Guide 2020 Responses

My answers to the WJXT News4Jax TV station’s Election 2020 Voter’s Guide. Enjoy! #Thripp2020 #FL6 #FL06 #BlueWave2020

June 27, 2020

Name: Richard Thripp
Seeking which office: U.S. House, 6th district
Party affiliation: Democratic
Age: 28
Candidate’s family: Not notable
Occupation: Adjunct Faculty
Education: PhD in Education
Political experience: Neophyte

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

Change for the Many: Restore the American Dream for All Americans

Protect and Expand Our Social Safety Nets: Social Security, Medicare, & Beyond

Look to the Future: Fully Fund Education & a Green New Deal (A Bright Future for Our Kids)

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

I am well-organized and disciplined. I’m a published author and academic editor with an eye for details. I work well with others and get stuff done. I’ll take the same skills and work ethic to Congress. I’m an advocate for hard-working Central Floridians. I’ve studied our government, and I’ve researched financial education and our economy.

I talk with Ambassador Nancy Soderberg regularly. I take advice from experts. I adjust course and apologize when I’m wrong. We need to expect this from our politicians!

I’m a local born and raised in Daytona Beach who actually knows the district, unlike the incumbent. I will put a district office in mid-town Daytona Beach to help our underserved communities there. We won’t be hiding in an unmarked office building in DeLand like the incumbent. We will set a national example for constituent service!

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

Turning the tide on the climate crisis so kids and grandkids have an inhabitable earth. Restoring the American dream through progressive reforms such as universal healthcare and fully funding K–16 education.

If elected how would you address the calls for racial justice?

I will be a champion for racial justice. We need to do it comprehensively. People of color have the deck stacked against them from the beginning. In addition to overhauling the way we do policing, we need bold federal funding and action on items like healthcare, education, childcare, and housing. We need to fully staff and fund our IRS, close our $450 billion annual tax gap, repeal and replace the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, and end insane military campaigns. Wealth inequality is out of control in this country and has only gotten worse in the past few years. I support a universal basic income for all Americans (Andrew Yang’s freedom dividend), which is a part of the 2016 Black Lives Matter platform.

What challenges does COVID-19 present to the office you are seeking?

COVID-19 is a wake-up call. We can’t elect incompetent blowhards who lie, attack everyone, and treat a pandemic like a public relations problem. Politicians should not be for sale to the highest bidder. We need facts, truth, and expert advice, not division, hatred, and propaganda.

I would be doing big events, shaking hands, and meeting thousands of voters if COVID-19 didn’t occur. We’re a scrappy underdog campaign with enthusiastic volunteers all over the district and country. We’ve had to improvise with a big focus on social media, text banking, and contactless canvassing (items like door hangers).

We could have contained COVID-19 early if this administration would have listened to reason. Instead, it spread to every county and state, costing us trillions of dollars, tens of millions of jobs, and hundreds of thousands of American lives. Locking down our economy was a last-ditch maneuver. We didn’t do it right, and it should never have been an unfunded mandate for our middle class and small businesses. When we needed leadership, we got abdication and destruction. I’m running for the congressional seat our failed excuse for a governor, Ron DeSantis, previously held. All of America, and Florida in particular, is now seen as pitiable, weak, and pathetic due to failed Republican leadership. We must never let this happen again!

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About the Boundaries of Florida’s 6th Congressional District

Whenever you hear that the “suburbs of Jacksonville” are in Florida’s 6th congressional district, they are talking about before 2016. There was a gerrymandering court challenge resulting in redistricting effective for the 2016 election. The district used to go all the way up to Ponte Vedra Beach, which is a suburb of Jacksonville, and our then-“representative” and now-governor, Ron DeSantis, lived there. He moved to Palm Coast for his 3rd term to be within the boundaries of the newly configured 6th district, which ends just south of the city limits of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach.

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries before January 3, 2017

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries before January 3, 2017

The district now includes Volusia and Flagler counties in their entirety, the southern part of St. Johns county, and the northeast part of Lake County. See here for boundaries:

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries from January 3, 2017 to January 2, 2023

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries from January 3, 2017 to January 2, 2023

Rep. Michael Waltz lives in St. Augustine Beach, which is NOT in his district. There are some areas with St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach mailing addresses included in the district, but they are unincorporated areas of St. Johns County, not within the city limits.

Richard Thripp is a Progressive Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 6th congressional district. Please contribute to our volunteer-powered grassroots campaign!

Rep. Michael Waltz, Trump’s Favorite Congressman and 2016 Never-Trumper, Wants to Cut Social Security

I will be Rep. Michael Waltz’s Democratic opponent on November 3rd, 2020 (after we win the August 18th primary) for the U.S. House of Representatives race for Florida’s 6th district.

I will say that Waltz does a better job than our former congressman and now governor, Ron DeSantis, of visiting the district. Waltz’s undercover congressman series is a hoot. Other than that, he’s pretty useless and don’t forget he was a never Trumper in 2016. These are actual quotes from this TV ad Waltz starred in. It didn’t support any particular GOP candidate. It was just a warning about Trump.

Michael Waltz: Don’t let Trump fool you. Look into his real record, and stop Trump now.

Michael Waltz: He essentially called anyone who is captured in combat a loser. It’s something that I personally can’t stomach.

Also, Waltz wants to cut your Social Security and Medicare. He said so himself in this August 2018 Republican primary debate. Watch for yourself here.

Michael Waltz: The way to get a hold of it, and, and, this is what we’re gonna have to do, we’re gonna have to go after the non-discretionary portion: The entitlement reform portion. We’re nibbling around the edges with all of these other cuts. That’s the part that we have to go over. We need politicians that get up there and have the guts to go after it. It’s one of the reasons I’m on the record for term limits. It’s that you get in there, you get stuff done, and you get back to the real world. That’s what our founding fathers intended.

Moderator: Just to, uhh, clarify one thing though: If we go after entitlements, what does that amount to? Uhh, if you cut, let’s say, and what are those entitlements? Is Social Security an entitlement?

Michael Waltz: Yeah. [Dissent from audience]

Rep. Michael Waltz doesn’t live in his district. He doesn’t know you or care about you. He’s a protégé of Dick Cheney and part of the Washington swamp. He made his fortune selling “easily maintainable systems for surveillance (ISR), border security, and infrastructure protection” in Libya, and pretended to be a woman-owned business to get lucrative defense contracts. He then used that money to buy his congressional seat, lending $605,000 to his 2018 campaign.

Disastrous, failed Republican leadership and policies have resulted in over 120,000 dead Americans, 45 million lost jobs, many trillions of dollars of American prosperity squandered, a horrendous unemployment system that leaves many Floridians suicidal and homeless, and the greatest transfer of wealth to the richest people and largest corporations in modern history. On November 3rd, 2020, vote for Joe Biden and Richard Thripp. The Democratic party isn’t perfect, but at least we are headed in the right direction.

Dr. Richard Thripp is a 28-year-old husband, father, teacher of teachers, and Progressive Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 6th congressional district. Learn more at

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Dr. Richard Thripp, An Overlooked Progressive Congressional Candidate in a Winnable Florida District

June 16, 2020

Richard Thripp is a young, experienced teacher educator who supports a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a universal basic income, among other progressive policies. Such legislation would be transformational for Florida’s 6th congressional district—particularly the Daytona Beach area, which has low median income, blighted areas, and underserved communities. Richard is a native Floridian born in Daytona Beach who knows the area’s issues well and has lived, worked, and volunteered in this community his whole life. He and his wife Kristy have a 16-month-old son, and he completed his Education PhD in December 2019 while teaching educational technology and advocating for financial education and a better retirement plan for Florida teachers.

Richard joined the race on January 1, 2020 as a political neophyte who felt called to fight for the little guy and for the future of Central Floridians and all Americans. An internal poll suggests that Richard is poised to defeat perennial candidate Clint Curtis in the August 18th Democratic primary. In the November 3rd general election, Richard will be up against freshman Rep. Michael Waltz, who lives outside the district and has shackled himself to Republican albatross Donald Trump, appearing constantly on Fox News and on Air Force One.

The district has 600,000 voters with about 430,000 belonging to the 2 major parties, divided as 54% Republican vs. 46% Democratic, plus 170,000 no-party-affiliated or minor party voters. This is an overlooked, winnable district previously held by Florida’s failed puppet governor, Ron DeSantis, and was last represented by Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in 2009–2011. Richard is running a volunteer-powered campaign with grassroots donations and no big donors or corporate PAC money, and is a strong candidate for a national endorsement by [redacted].

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