The Day I Was Asked To Run For U.S. Senate

s1_12-Gwen-Diakos-199x300By Gwen Clayton Diakos

Have you ever had a day in your life that seemed ordinary; but as the day unfolds, it becomes life altering?  The day I am about to tell you about was like that for me.  After this became part of my past, each passing day after it became more aggressive and life altering than the day before it.  I will tell you more about those later.

Sometimes I cannot believe it was part of my life.  If this were a part of reality television, viewers would have been glued to their TVs each week.  I have many awesome stories, along with some scars.  I found it is in the scars where you find your true character, so it was an all around win for me.

In New Jersey politics, many who’ve been in it for a long time would say my story is all too common, and it is; but this story is uncommon in many ways.  This story unfolds the intriguing details of the dynamic team work put in by my opposition to keep me as an unknown.  They worked hard on a daily basis putting out fires, getting shows canceled, keeping articles of me from being published, making sure I was not invited places, and the list could go on and on.  I congratulate this machine of people in their success; they are really good at what they do.

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Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race | Tags: | 18 Comments »

18 Comments on “The Day I Was Asked To Run For U.S. Senate”

  1. Justified Right said at 8:01 am on April 10th, 2013:

    A few years back I was asked by the Republican Party to run for Congress.

    What they said was, ‘Tom, we’d like you to run against Frank Pallone.”

    What I heard was, “Tom, we’d like you to set yourself on fire and jump off the nearest cliff.”

    That district is so gerrymandered it seems impossible for a Republican to win.

    A dynamic personality and $2 million to spend might get it done, but I have neither.

    It was however an absolute honor to be asked.

  2. James Hogan said at 8:05 am on April 10th, 2013:

    I enjoyed reading this. Good luck.

  3. Bob English said at 9:41 am on April 10th, 2013:

    I was not quite sure what year/election she was referring to. Did a quick search and I think at this point in her story she is talking about originally entering the 2012 US Senate primary as a D against Sen. Menendez.


  4. monmouth girl said at 9:52 am on April 10th, 2013:

    Was she actually on the ballot?

  5. Bob English said at 10:02 am on April 10th, 2013:

    @monmouth girl…Since it looks like there is more to her story I would rather not spoil it for everyone but if you cant wait, you can do some searching online and get your answer.

  6. monmouth girl said at 10:37 am on April 10th, 2013:

    I just checked but still am confussed. I think she was a Conservative “R”, but then became a “D” because some guy hitting on her at a party told her to change but run for congress. Then he started calling her Senator. Then it look like she changed to an “I.”

  7. Bob English said at 12:49 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    @ monmouth girl….it sounds complicated yet interesting, lol!! I am waiting for Part 2

  8. Sam Ralson said at 6:39 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    She was disqualified to run in democratic primary for failing to submit petition, so she ran as an independent. She is not a republican.

  9. UGH said at 9:26 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    Wow, fascinating.

    Now go make me a sammich.

  10. May America always be said at 9:49 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    the place where anyone can aspire to anything..don’t know about this person, but having had a few honors and opportunities in my own life, and being o grateful I live in the USA, am just so very scared there won’t be such dreams and opportunities for the others coming after us, in the future. We gotta forget the coarsening of our culture and destruction of our core values and families, and try and preserve what is left of the exclusively American Dream!..

  11. Proud Republican said at 11:10 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    Who is this person and why should we care about the minutiae of her day?

  12. Astraea said at 2:45 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    Apparently she received about 8,400 votes in the 2012 general election for U.S. Senate .. which represented just over 1/4 of 1% of the votes cast. One of 9 Independents running, against Menendez & Kyrillos. I guess I’m most curious as to who asked her to run & why.

  13. That's said at 4:38 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    five minutes if my life I will never get back.

    Who Cares.

  14. @Astraea said at 4:54 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    From reading the play by play, it appears the person who asked her to run was trying to get in her ….. well you know.

  15. Shore guy said at 4:56 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    Heck I have hit on a lot of women but never said “hey baby can I buy you a drink and you should run for the US Senate”

  16. Not to be mean said at 7:19 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    but, she seems a tad flaky to me. Lucky she ran prior to expressing herself.

  17. Bob English said at 10:36 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    Art…Is there a Part 2 to the story?

  18. Art Gallagher said at 5:39 am on April 12th, 2013:

    Bob, Gwen tells me that there is a lot more to come.