MARCO ISLAND — Ron McNeil is running for the Senate. Or perhaps, he’s climbing – his path to taking over Senator Bill Nelson’s seat would appear to be an uphill trek.
McNeil spoke to 13 potential constituents Saturday afternoon at the Marco Island Yacht Club, in a visit sponsored by GOOOH, or Get Out of Our House. The group has invited all the candidates it considers to be “non-career politicians” to address their forums, take questions, and solicit campaign contributions.
McNeil, a businessman and investor who lives in Deland, Fla., is as down home as an old pair of cowboy boots, and was an odd fit in the yacht club, with burgees and photos of the members’ yachts festooning the wall. He spoke of his humble beginnings.
“We had an outhouse,” recalled McNeil. “My daddy came home with a toilet seat for it, and we thought we were upper crust.” He said we, the people, have been fed “a line of horse hockey – we call them road apples.”
The first hurdle for Senate aspirants in Florida is the Republican primary, and McNeill trained some of his fire on the frontrunner, Connie Mack.
“That’s not even his real name,” said McNeil. “He’s Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV. We’ve got to realize, these people in Washington, they’re only there for themselves, and whoever finances them.”
But if McNeil is unhappy with the Republicans holding office, he is more unhappy with the Democrats, and what he sees as Socialist policies.
“People who are in business are not in the wealth redistribution business,” said the sewer rehabbing entrepreneur. “I oughta get filthy rich. I got filthy – ain’t got rich yet.
“Take away the free enterprise system and the profit motive, and we’d be living in caves.” That, according to McNeil, would probably suit the Democrats.
“They don’t want the middle class to have more. They want the middle class to be poor, and dependent on the government. I want half the Republicans gone, and all the Democrats,” he said.
The country cannot possibly stand another four years of President Obama, said McNeil.
“He’s not that dumb – it has to be a plan” to hurt the country, he said of Obama’s policies, to murmurs of agreement.
“If we lose that Presidential race, we’re going to lose our nation. All those people like me who believe in the Second Amendment real strongly, we’re going to do a whole bunch” in that case, he said. At least some of what he meant was political.
“If I win this Senate seat, and Obama wins reelection, you can pretty much count on it, I’ll be running for President” in 2016, said McNeil. “I need this Senate seat for a platform to sell this plan to restore this nation.”
McNeil’s plan, “Painless Rebuilding of American Greatness,” is contained in a 20-page pamphlet he handed out at the meeting. It calls for the “near total elimination of the IRS,” a balanced Federal budget, an end to foreign aid “to countries that hate us,” and energy independence. He also wrote a book entitled “Have We Lost Our Minds?”
McNeil bemoaned the small turnout at Saturday’s meeting. “There ain’t but 14 of y’all. There was supposed to be 75,” he said. “You wanna waste your vote and send some other idiot up there, or you want to send a businessman?”
Saturday’s meeting 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.
McNeil, who hold 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.