Evan Falchuk is running in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race with plans to bring reform to the outdated two party system that, in his opinion, plagues politics.
Falchuk is the founder of the United Independent Party, a new third party that aims to become a “second party.” His party will get official party status if they receive 3 percent in a statewide race. He is currently polling at 3 percent.
He told The Daily Caller Friday what the implications would be if his party were to become officially recognized. “It will bring a kind of accountability and practicality that will change the entire landscape of Massachusetts politics,” Falchuk told TheDC.
He faces many obstacles in this race and one of them is campaign financing. “If you are a Democrat or a Republican you are allowed under our laws to raise up to $15,000 per person per year, under all different kind of accounts,” he said. “And if you are an independent like me, between myself and my running mate, we can raise a total of 1500 per person per year. So these are the structural barriers that we face.”
One of the ways he plans to change campaign finance laws is to join California and Vermont in creating a constitutional convention to overturn the Citizens v. United case. “The states are not powerless to act and they can and they should. The country is set up to allow for that and I think we should be using those tools to protect our democracy,” Falchuk explained.
Falchuk has specific plans for reforms that he believes will bring much needed change to politics. He told TheDC regarding politicians, “They all talk in these vague nice sounding platitudes about every topic under the sun, and we have these very specific plans. Voters are tired of the vague platitudes and they want to see something that is real and genuine.”
One of the places that he brings specific plans is healthcare. Falchuk helped grow his company Best Doctors Inc. and says he brings experience and fresh ideas to the debate on healthcare. He seeks to end large hospital monopolies,”As these hospital systems get bigger it doesn’t improve the quality of care and the integration of care. It just increases the costs, they raise their prices like any monopolist does.”
Falchuk isn’t running as an activist — he is in the race to win.
“I was the first candidate on the ballot, we did it six weeks before the deadline and in a very organized and diligent way,” he said. “It’s the kind of thing given my background in the business world, that good organized people do all the time in the private sector. We don’t see this in government, government is characterized by a level of complacency and entitlement. You got to show how you will govern by how you run.”