Twitter alerted me to a moneybomb for Dave Westlake this Friday. No surprise there, fringe right candidates love the moneybomb. The surprise is Dave Westlake announced in January he was suspending campaign fundraising, instead choosing to sell blaze orange t-shirts as the sole means of support for his campaign. He played up the announcement like the stunt it was, both announcing the announcement and expecting us to believe the motivation was on moral grounds, not that his campaign actually lacked the ability to raise money.
The suspension announcement was made via Youtube video, which is now private. There is no longer any reference to it on davewestlake.org but remnants of the Youtube link remain on Twitter and Facebook;
Now Westlake has a donation page and people are talking moneybomb on Twitter.
I know not many people are paying attention to the poor guy but did he think we would forget? A suspension isn’t necessarily permanent, but Westlake’s seemed to be for keeps, and removing the references is shady.
I suppose this type of behavior should be expected from the candidate who declared “no gimmicks” then started wearing blaze orange everywhere he went.