2022 KS-01 CANDIDATE DECLARATION of INTENT 10/5/20 KS SOS~7/27/20 FEC
Estimated EARLY VOTE WRITE-IN 2:30 A.M. 10/18/2020: 5,904
GOAL ~ Projected votes remaining: 169,086
The Wizard of Oz
OUR Congressional, campaign imagery is taken directly from the great seal of Kansas. The principle campaign models are the 1952 Eisenhower Presidential and 1960 Dole Congressional campaigns. Ironically, these symbols are rarely used in combination for modern, millennial campaigns.
The first concept was the sunflower image above, which is a vistaprint stock image. It was initially used to create the signage for OUR Council Grove Campaign Headquarters across from the Hays House 1857 where Gallery1857 was originally located.
The characters of the Wizard of Oz became my template for casting the candidates into appropriate roles and assigning monikers as archetypes. I am the Wizard of Oz.
The American Bison and Muybridge's Buffalo are a staple of our website, FACEBOOK, TWITTER and YouTube channels.
The family portraits and painting represent the Söetaert family immigration from Belgium to America.
The hearts acknowledge the late Reverend Louise L. Hay, Marianne Williamson, my miraculous open heart surgery and a memorial to the SARS-CoV-2, pandemic victims.
Joseph Giri"s Dove of Peace is an iconic image for me.
A variety of headshots serve as signage and slogan boards.
The SCOTUS & rainbow flag are my OUT affirmations of Equality.
The color scheme is French Royal Blue, Blood Red & White with accents from the rainbow flag and the Kansas state flag.
Fredrika the Great and Eloquent are the principle typefaces.
WHY OUT, WHY NOW?
In April 2019, I decided to run OUT. For most of my adult life, I have been OUT. It's not a secret. I have never been an identity politics activist. However, I have a historic association with Louise L. Hay and Marianne Williamson via the Hayride & Center for Living. Frankly, many of the events were taped and photographed. To run a closeted, congressional campaign would be outrageously obscene considering my orientation Odyssey.
Previously, Dr. Tim Huelskamp and Travis Coutre-Lovelady ran a SMEAR campaign against Alan LaPolice. Despite the fact that Alan is straight as an arrow, Huelskamp was able to deploy the politics of destruction to perfection. It was pure, undiluted, slander and defamation of character. LaPolice's political career was finished. Furthermore, his academic and scholastic prospects were permanently shattered. These two conartists, Tim Huelskamp & Travis Coutre-Lovelady, knew for a fact that Alan LaPolice was straight. I know Alan personally and professionally. He's definitely straight. In fact, LaPolice is arguably a little too straight for his own good! Dr. Huelskamp successfully won the seat and was thankfully replaced by Dr. Roger Marshall who was able to survive a similar onslaught from Huelskamp. These two gifted grifters, Huelskamp & Coutre-Lovelady, were my primary motivation for taking complete control of telling my story on my own terms and timetable.
Providence has provided the political platform and cultural context for sharing my kaleidoscopic journey. What I didn't realize was that everything was rapidly shifting and that my very calculated, strategic, tortured, political decision was divinely & perfectly timed. The stars had aligned in favor of Equality. Mayor Pete's remarkable presidential bid and the SCOTUS turned being OUT into a non-issue. Suddenly, marriage and work Equality made being OUT boring, irrelevant, mundane, pedestrian, tame and trivial in both cultural and historical perspectives.
Aaron Schock, a disgraced, Indiana Congressman, was a dramatic example of ambition before truth. Although many knew his orientation, he intentionally opted to throw the LGBTQ community under the bus and train while simultaneously living La Vida Loca in the closet. He was ultimately forced out of Congress.
My final footnote comes from the 51st district where I live. It's the heartbreaking story of Ron, Linda and Christel Highland:
A Republican lawmaker from Kansas has apologized and removed his name from a piece of highly contentious anti-LBGTQ legislation after his daughter wrote an open letter, publicly shaming him for sponsoring it.
Christel Highland, the daughter of State Rep. Ron Highland (R), wrote the open letter to her father on Facebook this week, asking him why he would “openly attempt at policy that elevates hate and hurts my family or friends.”
Soon after, the legislator admitted that endorsing the bill “was a mistake.”
“The bill that I should not have signed on to cosponsor contained some hateful language which I do not condone, and it is against our Lord’s command to love our neighbors. I have asked for my name to be removed from the bill. The process for doing so is in motion,” Ron Highland said in a statement to the Wamego Times, according to the Mercury.
I wasn't going to play pascal victim for these grifting, RRR RINOS. I decided to play the OUT card as a TRUMP card. If I win the seat, I will keep the seat. If victorious, I will succeed honestly and openly.
Because I'm disabled, single, stable, secure and self-funded, I can run a transparent campaign without fear of personal or professional reprisal. Reality is that if I hadn't addressed this identity issue, it would've certainly been addressed for me. Finally, if voters don't want an openly OUT and honest REPUBLICAN, they have other choices. For Kansans who prefer a straight Congressman, I have good news. There are two straight arrows on the ballot, OR WRITE-IN MICHAEL SOETAERT. I offer STRAIGHT talk from an OUT REPUBLICAN.
OUR campaign is about TRUTH before ambition 1st in the BIG 1st Congressional district. May Kansas prevail.
As Coolidge and Lord proclaimed in 1932, "PUBLISH or PERISH "🖋 I published.
Like the Wizard of Oz, that Toto discovers behind the curtain, I am authentic, genuine and real. I realize that I'm not grandiose or special, but it's the truth. I am just like every other Kansas farming and ranching kid. My life has always been rather messy and unkempt. If you are seeking a perfect or squeaky clean candidate, you will be disappointed with my raw wounds and endless mistakes. Complicated politics are nothing new to me. I'm not perfect! Yes, I have issues. Despite multiple attempts by myself and others, I still have a pulse. Attempted suicide failed. Homicidal thugs failed. I was clinically dead at least once. Surgeons successfully completed open heart & gastro-intestinal surgery. When, I CAME OUT in college, I left with the intention of NEVER returning. My parents were deeply ashamed and embarrassed that I was OUT. They really wanted me to disappear forever. I complied. I have my share of dirty laundry! It could easily be said that I am the long lost black sheep or prodigal son without exaggerating or stretching the truth! However, I'm very much alive and running as an OUT REPUBLICAN 1st for the Kansas BIG 1st congressional district."
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