GOOOH finds a home on Marco Island while seeking to evict Congress

Get Out of Our House founder Tim Cox, of Texas, talks about the national movement to oust Congress at Marco Island Presbyterian Church on Thursday afternoon.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Get Out of Our House founder Tim Cox, of Texas, talks about the national movement to oust Congress at Marco Island Presbyterian Church on Thursday afternoon.

Marco Island Get Out of Our House leader Keith Flaugh thanks Tim Cox, founder of the national GOOOH movement to oust Congress for his presentation about the endeavor on Thursday.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Marco Island Get Out of Our House leader Keith Flaugh thanks Tim Cox, founder of the national GOOOH movement to oust Congress for his presentation about the endeavor on Thursday.

Get Out of Our House founder Tim Cox, speaks about the national effort to oust Congress on Marco Island on Thursday afternoon. In the evening, Cox shared the non-partisan movement in Bonita Springs.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Get Out of Our House founder Tim Cox, speaks about the national effort to oust Congress on Marco Island on Thursday afternoon. In the evening, Cox shared the non-partisan movement in Bonita Springs.

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— The group to oust Congress, dubbed GOOOH, just keeps going.

Get Out of Our House (GOOOH) founder Tim Cox arrived on Marco Island on Thursday to garner support for the non-partisan movement to replace career politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives with everyday people selected by their peers.

“I’m here on a seemingly impossible mission,” Cox said to a crowd of more than 100 people at Marco Island Presbyterian Church.

Cox, a 49-year-old Texas man and former Dell Computer executive founded GOOOH in 2005, seeking to change the political process beginning with replacing all 435 members of the House.

“I’m convinced we’re all here for a reason. I think I’ve found mine,” Cox said.

The problem is that politicians are corrupt by representing big money, lobbyists, their party and their own careers, instead of the voters, he said.

“I believe my purpose was to build this system,” said Cox, who has quit his job.

The current election process is completely broken and he seeks to have 500,000 GOOOH members nationwide by June 30, he said. The GOOOH candidates will be selected by the people in each district as early as this year’s election. Currently there are 75,000 members nationwide, Cox said.

“One election can change the course of this nation,” he said. “We’ll redefine politics in America.”

If it can’t be done this year, the goal is to get a large enough following by 2012, which Cox said will happen with national media attention.

“We’re trying to be smart about this. We don’t want to just steal 5 percent of the vote. That’s why it’s important to wait until we’ve reached a critical mass,” Cox said.

The candidates are selected through GOOOH members filling out a 100-question survey on the top issues of the day.

More people would be likely to write a $100 check than fill-out a 100 question survey, said Marco Island resident Bill McMullan.

That is a challenge, Cox said. “We don’t think it’s too much to ask people to spend two hours to answer these questions.”

Following the questionnaire, participants are to be sorted in pools of 10 by congressional districts, and, that pool of 10 will choose the two best people based on answers to the questionnaire, accomplishments, personalities, skills and willingness to serve.

Those two will advance and the next week there will be a new pool of 10. One person rises to the top of the system, chosen by their peers as the GOOOH candidate.

Each member who becomes a candidate signs a legally binding document that they’ll vote the way they said they would in that questionnaire.

If they vote other than they said they would and don’t get permission online from the people in their district, than they agree to be removed in 24 hours.

If they don’t willingly leave, then a vote of 2/3 of the other House members will oust them, Cox said.

Currently Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers. is the District 14 representative and in the past has declined to comment on the movement. Mack couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday.

The only condition to being a GOOOH member is supporting term limits, Cox said. All other issues are to be decided by district.

“The key is you,” said Marco Island GOOOH leader Keith Flaugh. “It’s time to stop blaming all those other guys.”

GOOOH will begin asking for money, although they have accepted about $250,000, when 500,000 members have joined. Then, each member is to pay $100.

“I want to believe this,” said Marco Island resident Jane Moora. “But $50 million is a drop in the bucket compared to what they (candidates) are raising these days.”

Cox agreed, saying advertising will lead to millions of members, as well as more political and financial clout.

He had the crowd answer questions, such as whether they’d vote to get rid of the federal education system, indicating yes by saying “I.”

The crowd said “I” in unison to that and other questions, including throwing out the tax code and making English the legal national language.

“If only 10 percent of GOOOH candidates win, they’ll just get sucked into the black hole of Congress, won’t they?” asked Carlo Valvasari, of Naples.

It’s a start, Cox replied, to getting any GOOOH candidates elected.

How will GOOOH address voters who select candidates based on their ethnic lines? asked Dick Vinci, of Marco, who said people often choose Italian, Hispanic or black candidates.

Similarly, what about splitting the vote in the two party system? several people asked.

“Most of us agree on most of the issues,” Cox replied. “There are a few emotional ones that I call the ‘guns, gays and God’ issues. If we ignore those three, we’re not that far apart.”

Check back for more videos as well as a related story following GOOOH founder Tim Cox's visit to the Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, 27701 Bonita Grande Dr., which begins at 7 p.m. tonight.

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Comments » 6

duhuhuhha writes:

These people scare me. Do we really have residents living on Marco Island who follow this movement? This organization reminds me of the type that seeks out the followers who will drink the Kool-Aid when told.

Fossil writes:

Well, I'm your neighbor. Put my name on the ticket for President. I can respond to your questions in a populist manner. Give me a break, I promise to do what you ask (LOL). I believe the country deserves leaders smarter and more prepared then myself or any neighbor I know. Remember, Marco Island is the community that elected a bar tender and Euro bum as a City Council member. Oh, and don't forget the unemployed bankrupt fellow that lives in his mother's home. The people of the United States deserve better then anything an organization called Gooooh or whatever can offer. This guy is a real nut. You have the tea party to take care of our nuts you don't require another organization. Soon we will have a political party representing every nut group in the country.

dhalls writes:

Go....GOO0H!!!!!

Thank you for not standing idly by while Congress and this President seek to usurp our Consitution, destroy our free market system and expand government power beyond what is constitutionally permissible. This course, if not reversed, can only lead to economic collapse and tyranny.

The Tea Party and GOOOH have formed because our elected officials have failed us. We need to replace them!!

By the way...I'm not a GOOOH member, didn't attend the meeting and haven't given them any money (YET).

sailingby writes:

This sounds like a classic Ponzi scheme and this guy Cox is the one at the top of the pyramid. He will rake in the money using all these probably sincere but gullible people. It's a shame.

ajm3s writes:

I guess it is a distant memory, but our country was founded on the principles of limited government.

Not its lets see how many organizations (159 in the health care law passed in 2010) we can create to "better" our lives.

Centralized government control through regulation does not address the needs and problems of its people.

But I am just another crazy loon, white racits who joined the Tea Party moverment. Really people, I'm 55 years of age and it is getting really pathetic if that is what we believe the Tea Party represents.

Limited government. Vote 2010.

Fossil writes:

The country was founded on a principal of limited government during a time when our entire population was smaller then New York City or LA. The country also didn't require a million man Army or a massive two ocean Navy. Nor did it anticipate having to pay for a massive space program, world wide communication systems, intelligence capable of knowing everything we and our enemies are thinking, medical care for 30 million people who have no money or incarcerate more than 10 per cent of our population. A society that is unwilling to care for their own parents when they get old and sick not to mention the costs involved today. And don't forget all the police and fire departments we require to protect ourselves from an immoral society and ourselves, or a society that cares only about the individual member that has moneny to support themselves. Add to that 14 million illegals that both Republican and Democrats refuse to send home, a border the Constitution says must be protected, but no party sees that as a priority and maybe, just maybe you can see why a government the size of the one George Washington presided over just won't do. You people need to take another look at the rescources you use when looking at history or for that matter reality. Also, while debating the need for a Department of Education let's fix a small problem in that area. Has it occurred to any of you that the public education system is designed to keep our population dumb so the politicians can promote these ignorant populist statements. Maybe what you seek is a government small enough to make it unnessary and irrelavent? Like having no country at all? Tell me, where is that permitted in the Constitution. Last time I checked our country's very existance was the purpose of the Constitution. But then what do I know, I'm one of you and I too want less government intrusion and I too don't want to pay taxes. But I do want Social Security and Medicare and the freedom to be left alone. Americans have so many contradictions to deal with.

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