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PoliticsIamA retired USMC Colonel running against Roy Moore and Doug Jones in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate. My name is Col. Lee Busby. AMA!

Dec 11th 2017 by leebusby • 17 Questions • 1561 Points

Thanks everybody for the questions. Back to finishing up the final push in the campaign. All of us are far closer on the issues than we're led to believe. Have a great day, be sure to write-in Lee Busby tomorrow at the polls.

Hi, I’m Colonel Lee Busby, a centrist, write-in candidate running against Roy Moore and Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate in the Alabama special election.

I am running because I believe the race has focused on the left and right extremes, and that I am a better representative of the vast conservative middle where most Alabamians identify.

Personally, I’m lifelong Alabamian, University of Alabama graduate, and a retired Marine infantry colonel. During my military service, I received the Legion of Merit (3 awards) and a Bronze star. I am a father of four, a business owner, and a Republican voter. I own a brewery and an investment firm, receive my healthcare through the VA, and spent the last several years as a sculptor creating bronze memorial busts of Alabamians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. AMA!

Here's my proof and here’s how to vote for me!

Q:

Colonel -

Alabama voter here. I heard you on NPR a few weeks ago, but since then, I have heard neither hide nor hair about your campaign. In fact, most of my coworkers and friends know nothing about your write-in campaign. Are you planning some kind of Hail Mary blitz leading up to tomorrow?

A:

Trying our best to spread the message in the last hours of the campaign. We've focused more on local news in recent days.


Q:

Non-Alabaman here. What is the appeal of Roy Moore to Alabamans?

A:

Many Alabamians are concerned their values are under attack and they've defaulted into believing Moore is the only one who is willing to represent those values. I believe it's possible to represent those values but perhaps in a way that's more palatable to the majority of Alabamians.


Q:

Could you please explain those values for those of us from out of state? Are you standing up for those values?

A:

Two hot button issues are the right to life and the 2nd Amendment. In reality our values are defined more broadly. We're staunch believers that the Federal Government should have a minimal role in our individual lives, individual beliefs, and individual choices as long as those don't infringe on the rights of others. We certainly recognize our beliefs are more conservative than the rest of the country but we believe we have the rights to those beliefs and to live them out in our daily lives.


Q:

What’s you’re stance on the legalization of marijuana. Born and raised I. Alabama my whole life good hard working man here and I’d rather relax with a joint at the end of the day then a beer. What’s so wrong with that?

A:

I think it's an issue that the states should take up, not the Federal Government. I fully support the use of medicinal marijuana.


Q:

What is your favorite amendment?

A:

The first (it allows me to get online and talk with you) followed closely by the second. I think the first has been coming under more attack than the second lately.


Q:

Former airmen that spent 3 years at Maxwell AFB. What is your opinion on the widespread poverty and discrimination in Alabama? Do you have any plans to address either of these things?

For context, I am Hispanic. It wasn't something that happened every time, but there were times that I went outside of the base and felt like I had a target on my back. My first visit to Prattville, I got told "no espanol" and asked what part of Mexico I was from (and asked for picture ID matching my credit card).

Also, just driving down the road in Montgomery was so depressing. So much poverty.

A:

The best remedy for combatting poverty is a good job. We're seeing that go on now. One of my concerns is whether jobs will be scared away by companies who are considering coming here but are watching this election. On cultural acceptance, it's coming, certainly not as fast as most people (myself included) want, but it is coming. Thanks for your service.


Q:

Are you allowed in every mall in Alabama?

A:

I am "cleared hot" for all malls in Alabama


Q:

do you think you will get enough votes to affect the outcome of this election?

A:

I do. I think we'll give Alabama voters a choice.


Q:

Are you concerned that you could be blamed for "stealing" votes from either/both of the candidate's like what happens with the Green/Libertarian parties?

(I don't believe that anyone can "steal" votes from another candidates, you have to earn those votes)

A:

I agree. The outcome of this election will be a function of party decision and strategy, not one retired Marine and a few volunteers.


Q:

Colonel, do you have any plans or ideas on how to begin bringing the two extreme sides in politics back together again?

A:

I thought this candidacy was one. Most of us are not really as divided as the media and political parties want us to remain. I'm trying to give that issue a voice.


Q:

Do you support the GI bill for veterans?

How about for civilians?

A:

I support the GI bill for veterans. Can you clarify the second part? If you mean for defense contractors, no, they're employed by private companies and their compensation reflects that.


Q:

Thank you for coming on reddit and thank you for your service.

What is the major drive that brought you into politics? What helps you seperate from roy moore? (Besides the obvious)

A:

I was brought into politics by this disgust I felt that so many of the centrist conservative voters in Alabama were not represented by the two choices they were given. I'm not a lifelong politician and have no desire to be. If you look at my professional background on our website, you'll see my experience is broader and more useful in the US Senate. This includes not only military service but a wide array of private sector experience. These experiences gave me a broader perspective than either of the two candidates.


Q:

Colonel, ima need to know your favorite 3 war movies please?

A:

Full Metal Jacket, A Bridge Too Far, The Sands of Iwo Jima


Q:

what are the most overrated and underrated restaurants in Alabama?

A:

That's out of my field of expertise. I enjoy home cooking.


Q:

share a recipe for a dish that's only found in alabama?

A:

Probably gonna be my hamhock and collard green soup. I can't guarantee it's only in Alabama but it's a favorite in the winter time.


Q:

what do you thin kof the situation in venezuela?

A:

It's the inevitable outcome of individuals who were too comfortable to stand up when it could have been stopped and reversed. It saddens me, Venezuelans are amazing people.


Q:

Thank you for your service.

Do you believe Roy Moore's accusers, and why or why not?

A:

I know nothing more than the average person walking in front of the television. The accusations created enough questions in my mind where I could not vote for him.