Look out, ladies. A Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina wants you to swipe right on his campaign to unseat an incumbent.
Patrick Register, 37, is using Tinder, the online dating app known for facilitating promiscuous hookups, to reach out to voters ahead of the May 8 primary election. He and three other Democrats are running to replace Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C. Tinder is the online dating app known for promiscuous hook Register, a driver for Postmates and Uber Eats, says his Tinder strategy is “probably the greatest thing that I’ve done on this campaign in terms of the volume [of] people that I can have a personal conversation with.”
His Tinder bio encourages voters to reach out to him with their concerns.
I am a Democrat running to represent NC’s District 12 in the United States House of Representatives. I’m using Tinder because it allows me to have a direct conversation… and it’s a great way to make friends!
I could use your help. I’m not kidding. If we can make the next 6 weeks magical, we are on to the general election, and then to Washington.
Tell me what you want of a representative. Tell me your fears, hopes, ideas so we can build a platform by you, for you.
This is our moment.
“I imagine most candidates wouldn’t want to do it because all of sudden you’re going to have to explain why you have a Tinder profile,” he told William G. Douglas of McClatchy.
Register, who is divorced, says this Tinder account is totally not a way to meet lots of women ahead of a primary election he’s probably going to lose, given his anemic fundraising and Rep. Adams’ $209,000 war chest.
“I have this forum that’s letting women of no filter — every age, race background, family, no family — I’m able to have these back and forth, one-on-one conversations and I’m getting amazing things,” Register said. “The women aren’t responding to me trying to get a date, they’re responding ‘Oh my goodness, this is great.’”
It’s not all great. Register has faced scrutiny from voters over questions of his residency and a report that he lived outside the district. According to McClatchy, Register is listed as living with his mom on campaign forms, though he has an explanation.
“Last year, I lived in District 12 for the first half of the year and then I went to Spain for the summer and when I came back I stayed with my mother, who is in District 9,” he said. “When I decided to file [to run for office] and I came back, I started staying in a van and my car. Since March 1, every night I have actually stayed in District 12 and I can’t register an address to a van in a parking lot of Planet Fitness.”
He says he has since moved into an apartment in East Charlotte within the district. Which is smart, because if you’re trying to pick up
women voters, this isn’t the best look:
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include more information about Tinder.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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