Monday, June 10, 2019

2020 Challenger Lineup: Wayne Messam

Thank fuck, someone actually interesting. If you've been following my chronological order, you might have expected Kirsten Gillibrand here, but I got excited and already did her after she announced her exploratory committee in January. Wayne Messam is a guy who absolutely no one seems to be talking about but Wikipedia still has him on the list of serious presidential contenders so here we go.

Messam's parents are both from Jamaica so first things first, everyone, he is Jamaican-American. Not African-American. He is currently the mayor of Miramar, Florida and "a general contractor and owner of a construction firm." He's also President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

There's very little about Messam even on Wikipedia, but here's where he gets my attention: "Messam has called for the cancellation of all student debt."

That's literally his only listed political position on Wikipedia but as I've said, SLAM DUNK. This appears to be a central cause for his campaign.

“The mayor firmly believes you cannot just move to debt-free college when student loan debt is stifling the American dream today,” the aide told Buzzfeed. “We’re declaring it as an issue that threatens the economic security of this country. We don’t have to walk into another Great Recession.”

Messam's campaign page is uhhhhhhhh not working right now? But according to Axios, he opposed the Trump tax cuts for the rich, called the idea of arming school teachers with guns "asinine," criticized Trump for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, and is an "immigration reform, pathway to citizenship" guy.

I don't think Axios had much trouble keeping that one under 500 words. I took the extra step of looking at his Twitter account and found that he supports paying teachers more and wants a two-state solution for Israel/Palestine. And he used to play football.

With all this information, I can confidently rate Messam a ??? and a "why did I bother?" I guess because I'm dead tired of talking about white dude presidential candidates. Messam is still way ahead of Joe Biden though. No doubts there.

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