Leadership Survey

Dear Applicant,

We, at The Alliance Party, take leadership seriously.  To lead, you must set a good example and have the determination to be successful.  Please take a few minutes and answer some simple survey questions.  The information we are requesting may seem like a lot, but it helps us understand who you are and how you will conduct yourself as a leader in this party.  It also helps you get a feel for your own strengths.

Once we have all of your information, we will personally contact you.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you very much for filling this out.  Again, we know we are asking for a lot, but we must make certain that you know what you want and that we are a good fit for a leadership position in The Alliance Party.  Thank you for your time.

Respectfully,

 

Timothy P. Cotton

National Political Director

The Alliance Party

What prompted your interest in The Alliance Party?


    answered 2021-09-14 15:15:18 -0400
    Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
    A: Currently writing a manuscript that I would love to include an interview with De La Fuente and/or Darcy Richardson.
    answered 2021-09-14 15:14:06 -0400
    Q: Please tell us how your own political philosophy aligns with The Alliance Party.
    A: Term Limits, Instant Runoff Voting etc. This week (Sept 12, 2021) I tabled an event for the Better Ballot SC group in Columbia getting the word our about IRV.
    I was surprised at how closely your platform aligned with mine especially on the environment and election reform. I appreciate that you address that onerous tax code, though I am more in favor of repealing the income tax and the 16th Amendment.
    Also important that we get dirty money out of politics.
    answered 2021-09-14 15:09:10 -0400
    Q: Please provide a brief bio about yourself.
    A: I am engaged in a dual career featuring sales and political campaign management, having made myself a student of both crafts, exercising leadership and creativity to advance causes of both for-profit and non-profit entities.
    I was able to launch projects that changed industries starting with being the founding Internet Sales Manager when the internet was still new. That meant implementing step-by-step processes for generating, closing and managing deals. Duties included choosing the lead management software, crafting the selling system, hiring and training staff, writing templates, scripts, and broadcast e-correspondence to propel sales.
    Later, I started a freelance consulting/writing business which provided clients with marketing material, business and campaign plans, training materials, speeches, media releases, book reviews, public policy essays, and ghostwriting. A Public Policy major from Penn State Harrisburg, I co-founded an independent political party in Virginia and ran for public office numerous times, making the ballot for US Congress in three successive election cycles.
    The DC suburbs were a great place to be engaged in political campaign activity between 2002 and 2013. I coordinated statewide ballot access drives and directed daily campaign operations for 12 candidates running for federal, state and local office, serving as organizer, fund-raiser, surrogate, or press coordinator.
    Most recently a sales trainer and life coach, I now serve as Mergers and Acquisition Advisor for sellers looking to maximize their benefits from exiting their business ownership.
    My wife Deanna and I relocated to the Charleston, SC area in 2020, where the only thing missing are the hills to present more challenging bicycle rides.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:53:32 -0400
    Q: Do you have any experience on campaigns or with political organizations? If so, what?
    A: Americans for Fair Taxation
    Citizens Bill of Rights Group (opposed Patriot Act)
    NI4D
    Rail Now PAC
    Independent Green Party of Virginia
    Republican Party of Fairfax County VA

    Political Campaigns:
    - J. A. Moore for SC State Legislature 2020
    - Terry Modglin for Delegate 2013
    - Robert Sarvis for VA Governor 2013
    - Ken Hildebrandt for Congress 2012
    - Karen Kwiatkowski for Congress Draft Committee 2011
    - Steve Smith for Sheriff (Greene County, VA) 2010
    - Daniel Imperato for Florida Governor 2010
    - Carey Campbell for Fairfax, VA Supervisor 2009
    - Committee to Draft Michael Bloomberg 2008, 2012
    - Ralph Nader for President 2004, 2008
    - Graylan Hagler for Ward 4 DC Council 2007
    - Joseph Oddo for Congress 2004, 2006, 2008
    - Gail Parker for US Senate 2006, 2008; Congress 2012
    - Russ Potts for VA Governor 2005
    - Kent Mesplay for President (seeking Green Party nomination) 2003
    answered 2021-09-14 14:49:42 -0400
    Q: Is there anything in your background that may negatively affect our decision?
    A: No
    answered 2021-09-14 14:49:22 -0400
    Q: Do you like to bring new ideas and initiatives to an organization?
    A: Absolutely. Tried that with the greens in Virginia, but they nullified our RailNow group and basically forced us to form our own so we could run candidates. We have been out front with promoting high-speed rail in the US as the current 19th century technology rail is a global embarrassment held down by the oil, auto and asphalt lobbies that pump millions into state reps and congressional coffers.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:46:23 -0400
    Q: What role do you see yourself playing to accomplish this?
    A: I welcome the opportunity to be a candidate for a high visibility position like congress or statewide office. That is one of the best ways to recruit, by leading by example. We can generate enough interest for others to want to run and join us. We can also provide hands-on coaching, training for candidates, instant committees for them to figure out the complexities of campaigning including compliance with the reporting regulations.
    I can conduct these training sessions either as a group or individually. But if the party should need a statewide director at some point, I would not be opposed to considering that for a term.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:42:32 -0400
    Q: Where do you see The Alliance Party in 5 years?
    A: As the name implies, I see us recruiting members from at least the four other political parties: R, D, L, G and gaining a few seats in congress, along with plenty of local seats. Looks like you have a good strategy for growing state-by-state at the moment, which will provide momentum for continued growth.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:40:00 -0400
    Q: Do you have any leadership experience? If so, what?
    A: Plenty. From running statewide ballot drives to specific sales divisions for for-profit companies, I have always stepped up to accept the leadership role.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:38:30 -0400
    Q: What skills do you believe you possess that make you a good leader?
    A: I am a student of the craft of sales management and political campaigning. My public policy degree has served me well. Practicing my profession has provided me plenty of leadership opportunities, I co-Founded and chaired several groups including the Independent Green Party of Virginia. One of our best results was flipping the US Senate in 2006 with our candidate running to help dislodge Va Sen George Allen.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:35:26 -0400
    Q: What do you know about The Alliance Party?
    A: I have researched where your members have come from, how you merged from other existing smaller parties and some of the background of your leadership team. And if this if not a typo, pretty impressive that De La Fuente raised over $10 m for his national election.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:30:45 -0400
    Q: Where did you learn about The Alliance Party?
    A: poltics 1 & ballotpedia websites
    answered 2021-09-14 14:30:24 -0400
    Q: Why do you want to be a leader in The Alliance Party?
    A: It is vital that the one big political entity disguised as two has competition. I have tried both Libertarian and green party promotion, but both seem to have shortcomings. Smaller government is a good goal, but the Libertarians are just a little too over the top on that issue. The greens make a good think-tank, but they do not have a serious enough commitment to run candidates everywhere to grow the party.
    answered 2021-09-14 14:28:01 -0400
    Q: What prompted your interest in The Alliance Party?
    A: Your platform aligns very closely to mine. I have advocated for peace, for election reform and for green issues in the 40 years of part-time political participation.
    answered 2021-05-14 10:48:51 -0400
    Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
    A: Only that I look forward to talking more in the near future!
    answered 2021-05-14 10:48:00 -0400
    Q: Please tell us how your own political philosophy aligns with The Alliance Party.
    A: I am Centrist to the core. I fully support all personal freedoms and any activity between consenting adults. But I also believe in personal responsibility. I believe government should function solely as a safety net, not as moral police or puppet masters. I believe that education – beginning with helping expectant parents be best prepared to care for their child, thru early childhood develop and beyond – is the ONLY way to ensure a vibrant and capable citizenry (which is what career politicians fear most.) I believe everyone deserves an equal and unfettered right to pursue the life of their choosing to the best of their ability, free of any suppressive constraint. But, most importantly, I believe that any political group or party that only succeeds by manipulating the political process or the voting public, has no place whatsoever in a democratic republic.
    answered 2021-05-14 10:39:59 -0400
    Q: Please provide a brief bio about yourself.
    A: From my campaign:
    “I am a retired architect (formerly licensed in TX and NY), a 6th generation Memphian, and 7th generation Tennessean. My people have been in TN, since a paternal 4th great-grandfather – a Revolutionary War Patriot – moved to the Yellow Creek area of Dickson County in 1820. On my mother’s side, another 4th great-grandfather filed his father’s Revolutionary War land grant to claim 1,280 acres northeast of present day Arlington (Shelby County) in 1827. Through extensive family research, I have come to identify with the independent spirit and self-sufficient mindset of my pioneering Tennessee forebears.”
    answered 2021-05-14 10:36:39 -0400
    Q: Do you have any experience on campaigns or with political organizations? If so, what?
    A: I ran for US Senate in 2020. As an Independent, I knew from day one that mine was a Quixotic campaign. Towards the very end I worked to help my Democratic “opponent”, both because I knew she was real people (although decidedly farther left than myself) and wasn’t a hand picked puppet like the person who ultimately won the election.
    answered 2021-05-14 10:33:28 -0400
    Q: Is there anything in your background that may negatively affect our decision?
    A: I am neither sinner nor saint. You can never tell what people will dig up these days. I’m sure there are things I did in college or in my 20s that I’d rather stayed in the past, but nothing that I would try to hide or deny. (I would never claim I didn’t inhale.) So, generally speaking, no.
    answered 2021-05-14 10:29:38 -0400
    Q: Do you like to bring new ideas and initiatives to an organization?
    A: As an architect, my forte is organization. It takes a significant amount of skill to pull together the myriad elements and players involved in say the construction of a skyscraper (my final project before retiring in 2008.) This, plus my enthusiasm for all things Centrist, as well as for working to save the country my ancestors helped create, are what I have to bring to the table.
    answered 2021-05-14 10:21:53 -0400
    Q: What role do you see yourself playing to accomplish this?
    A: I am willing to fill any position needed, from local recruiter (Memphis) to state chair. FYI, I will be running again for US Senate in 2024.
    answered 2021-05-14 08:51:31 -0400
    Q: Where do you see The Alliance Party in 5 years?
    A: I know all “third” parties wax and wane, but the time has come for the AP. I will go so far as to say our country is desperate for the AP. Even Centrists from other parties (Green, Libertarian, etc.) will want to find a home in the AP. Also, the work of groups such as the Lincoln Project and whatever is on the horizon for the fragmenting GOP, will push even more Centrists our way. People are sick of the two-party stranglehold on our government. We may not be strong enough to have a serious impact in 2022, but we can certainly use that as the “training grounds” for 2024. We just need to grow to a sufficient strength where corporate media gets with the program.
    answered 2021-05-14 08:38:02 -0400
    Q: Do you have any leadership experience? If so, what?
    A: Like our Founding Fathers, I am just a man, seeking to be the best overall (if otherwise average) citizen I know how. I am by no means a career politician and have never held political office. But if you were to take any group of 100 people and place them in a situation where someone had to take charge and lead, most of my friends would point to me to be that person.
    answered 2021-05-14 08:32:24 -0400
    Q: What skills do you believe you possess that make you a good leader?
    A: In today’s political climate? None. But in the idealistic world for which our Constitution was intended to steer society? All that count. My “constituency” are those rare souls who retain the capacity to think for themselves, regardless of their own political beliefs. I have no desire to be the lead bull of a mindless herd, but am more than willing to go to bat for those whose only desire is to live in a country where they are free to live their lives knowing their government has their back. We are disintegrating faster than even I imagined possible. If we don’t get a few people in office immediately who value objective reality over political expediency, whose primary allegiance is to people over party, and (especially) who have the integrity and fortitude to stand up to ignorance and vitriol, the rate of our decline is only going to escalate.
    answered 2021-05-14 08:16:32 -0400
    Q: What do you know about The Alliance Party?
    A: Only what I’ve read on the website and that I see tremendous potential in its success. As a devout Centrist, I know that a full 40% of TN voters are likely to agree.
    answered 2021-05-14 08:11:26 -0400
    Q: Where did you learn about The Alliance Party?
    A: Facebook
    answered 2021-05-14 08:11:12 -0400
    Q: Why do you want to be a leader in The Alliance Party?
    A: I am a fervent believer in the fact that blind allegiance to the two-party political system is the primary cause of most every ill that currently plagues our country. My 2020 run for US Senate as an Independent Centrist from the great state of Tennessee only drive home this reality.
    answered 2021-05-14 08:08:09 -0400
    Q: What prompted your interest in The Alliance Party?
    A: From everything I’ve read so far, the AP political platform perfect aligns with my own.
    answered 2021-05-09 18:15:53 -0400
    Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
    A: That’s all for now, Thanks for considering this application
    answered 2021-05-09 18:14:23 -0400
    Q: Please tell us how your own political philosophy aligns with The Alliance Party.
    A: I believe in a fairer life for all Americans
    Higher Wages for workers and lower wages for top executives
    I believe that something like a salary cap system would work similar to what is done in Australian sport
    Americans need to be looked after before we start taking care of other countries
    Healthcare and schooling should be affordable to all