MARCO ISLAND — Ron McNeil’s business is cleaning out sewers. He figures that makes him an ideal candidate to go to the U.S. Senate, and fix what’s wrong with Washington, D.C.
McNeil doesn’t climb down into the pipes. Rather, his company, Poly-Triplex Technology, designs and makes equipment and inserts that help old sewer systems function properly. His equipment is in numerous Florida municipalities, and, ironically, his drainpipe inserts are already at work under the streets of our nation’s capital.
“People say ‘you’re the perfect person to send to Washington,’ with my experience,” said McNeil, a resident of Destin, Fla., reached by telephone. He is running for the Senate seat held by Bill Nelson, and on Saturday, will come to the Marco Island Yacht Club to give local voters a chance to hear his platform, ask him questions, and possibly become campaign contributors.
McNeil’s visit is sponsored by the local arm of GOOOH, which stands for “Get Out of Our House.” The group’s aim is to vote out of office every Congressman and woman currently serving, and replace them with GOOOH-approved candidates.
GOOOH – and they pronounce it “go,” not “goo,” said local organizer Keith Flaugh, “is not endorsing any Senate candidates. We’re focusing on the House of Representatives, but we want to give the chance for non-career politicians to get their message out.
“We’re pretty much anti-incumbent. We’re not inviting in any party darlings or career politicians.”
The group is inviting all U.S. House candidates to attend, but not address, Saturday’s event.
“We’re inviting all House candidates of any party. We’ve heard from three, and expect three to five to show up,” said Flaugh. Altogether, he said, there are nine declared candidates for Connie Mack’s House seat on the Board of Elections website, and four more who have formed committees preparing to run.
While McNeil cannot expect an endorsement from GOOOH, his philosophy seems to make him a natural fit for the group.
“I don’t like politicians. I don’t like what they’ve done to America,” he said, explaining why he decided to become one. “I want to send Mr. Nelson back to his house, to retire him. I can’t wait to get into a debate with Bill Nelson.
“You can’t run the nation like this bunch has for the last 20 years. You wouldn’t hire them to run your business, why hire them to run the nation?” McNeil ran for office once before, a “90-day campaign” for the U.S. House last year, he said, “all I had time for.”
Saturday’s meeting, scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Yacht Club, is one of a series of GOOOH events featuring candidates. In December, the group hosted Senate candidate Marielina Stuart, and in February, Mike McCalister, another hopeful for Nelson’s seat, will take a turn.
“We spend 15 minutes up front, explaining what GOOOH is,” said Flaugh. “Then Mr. McNeil can speak for about 30 minutes, and then we’ll ask him some hard questions.”
McNeil, who holds five U.S. patents for his sewer and stormwater infrastructure rehabbing technology, has written a book entitled “Have We Lost Our Minds?” and a 20-page treatise that lays out his campaign platform, entitled “The Painless Rebuilding of American Greatness.”
To learn more about his stance on the issues, go to www.mcneil2012.com.