The Indian Trail councilman who wrote his resignation letter in Klingon wants to beam up to Capitol Hill. David Waddell is running as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate.
The N.C. Board of Elections certified this week that Waddell had enough valid signatures to qualify for write-in status. As with two other write-in candidates, Barry Gurney and John Rhodes, Waddell’s name will not appear on the ballot but votes for him will be counted.
The race, one of a handful around the country that could tip the balance of power in the Senate, pits incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan against Republican Thom Tillis, the state House speaker. Libertarian Sean Haugh is also on the November ballot.
Waddell, a plumber, said Thursday he is a registered Libertarian running on the Constitution Party platform’s conservative values that focus in part on property rights and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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He said notoriety over his resignation letter was a double-edged sword that boosted his name recognition but may have hurt the perception of him as a viable candidate. He acknowledged he is a long shot.
“I’m not going to tell you I’m starting to pack (for Washington),” Waddell said. “It’s a mission to get a message out.” When asked if it were a five-year mission, he said it was a lifetime one.
In January, Waddell’s memorable four-sentence resignation letter quickly went viral, appearing on national and international websites, from Romania to New Zealand. The story was translated into Portuguese, French and Dutch, among other languages.
At the time, Waddell said the letter was written in Klingon, the language of a proud warrior race on “Star Trek,” as an inside joke with the mayor. He included an English translation which ended with the phrase: “Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.”
Mayor Michael Alvarez had called the letter childish.
And it doesn’t appear as if “Star Trek” will play a big role in the campaign.
“Having campaign signs in Klingon is probably a bad idea,” Waddell said, responding to an Observer question. “But maybe I’ll make up one or two and put one in the mayor’s yard.”