If Eric Suarez is a barometer of the prevailing American political winds, President Barack Obama should be worried.
Suarez, a 27-year-old out-of-work actor and former West Palm Beach resident set out yesterday to rewrite American electoral history using a bicycle and 22,000 campaign flyers, delivering them for a self-styled Mitt Romney-like municipal candidate in Hallandale Beach, Florida. And the results of early voting indicate Suarez’s efforts have single-handedly boosted the local candidate, and former Governor Romney, to the top of Florida’s electoral heap.
Suarez set out on his bicycle two days ago – right before early voting began in Florida – to deliver the vote and 22,000 campaign flyers for Hallandale Beach mayoral candidate Jay Schorr, an avid Mitt Romney supporter who has styled both his message and campaign after the former Massachusetts governor.
“Schorr believes, like Romney, that creating jobs is the number one priority,” said Suarez. “Schorr put me to work, the first job I’ve had in a year, delivering his flyers and getting the word out. I took the Schorr-Romney message to the people – as a living example of someone’s who’s gone back to work because of that message – and the people have responded in a big way.”
Suarez, a self-described ‘Libertarian,’ says it’s been tough being out of work for so long and has had to make ends meet with the help of family and friends since he exhausted his unemployment insurance. He said he’s looked everywhere for a job, but found the recessionary economy to be an almost insurmountable obstacle to finding a job.
“Schorr put in motion the core Romney promise: job creation,” said Suarez. “My hiring is a microcosm of how we can get Americans back to work. You’ve got to do more than just talk about it; you’ve got to do it.”
When Schorr heard about an enterprising young man who was down on his luck, he invited Suarez to join his campaign.
“Eric is everything that is right about America. He’s smart, energetic and is full of the good ol’ American work ethic. America is full of Erics who just need someone to give them a chance,” Schorr said.
Suarez said he knew something good was afoot after he read an article by Schorr, a professional writer, that skewered Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz – whose net worth has doubled since taking office in 2005 – for taking millions of dollars in campaign donations from every major American corporation, labor union and trade association then describing herself as an “average middle-class American.”
“Schorr just hit the nail on the head with that article,” said Suarez. “It echoed Romney’s sentiments about the hypocrisy of the Obama administration and its principal cheerleader, Wasserman Schultz. You can’t call yourself an administration of the people when you owe your allegiance to corporations; and Wasserman Schultz is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Suarez said that he was motivated after reading the article to help Schorr and Romney in any way he could. When the opportunity to work for Schorr presented itself, Suarez jumped at it.
“It just clicked. I finally found something that could both make me money and allow me to do something positive for my community and for my country,” Suarez said.
Since starting his campaign job, Suarez can be seen in Hallandale Beach on his bicycle – the only form of transportation he can afford – delivering flyers and recounting his own delivery from unemployment.
“I see this kid on his bicycle everyday – rain or shine, day and night – laden down with bags of flyers making his rounds,” said Martin Stoyafsky. “He speaks with random people on the street about his candidate, helps old ladies with shopping bags to the their cars … it’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
From everything people are saying about Suarez, America has never seen anything like it either.