One place where Jake Towne’s independent congressional campaign is already dominating his establishment-backed career politician opponents is on the web.
Towne’s website has an Alexa global traffic rank of 1.2 million, which means only 1.2 million websites have more traffic. Callahan’s website has far less traffic, with 8.4 million websites – including Towne’s – having more traffic, and Dent’s website ranking has the smallest traffic of all with 22.0 million sites having more traffic.
Towne remarks that while internet popularity shows the high level of interest in his independent campaign compared to Mr. Dent or Mr. Callahan, internet dominance is only one factor in winning an election:
“The internet is a great cost equalizer when competing against the budgets of Establishment politicians as it’s a cheap way to get the message out. I believe the true reason for the high traffic to the website is not the fact that I am independent, it is the ideas. Nothing is as powerful as ideas whose time has come. Mr. Callahan and Mr. Dent are just recycling the same failed ideas that have landed the country in so much trouble in the first place.”
Towne is a chemical engineer who worked in the semiconductor industry and resigned his job to abroad in Asia to return home and run for office as an independent private citizen. Towne has promised to accept only the median household income and not enlist in the congressional health care or pension plans. The remainder of the $174,000 salary will be donated to local non-profit hospitals. He also champions sound money and a novel-yet-simple form of accountable and transparent government, “Our Open Office.”
Released to the press on 9/16/2010.