New Richmond man joins the 2012 presidential race
Chris "Hardcore" Langer is divorced, has two children, is dating a tattooed lady named Jinx, has been convicted of drunken driving - and he's running for president of the United States of America.
"I'm a no nonsense kind of guy and I have never done anything I wouldn't admit to," he said.
Langer, 39, a New Richmond resident and co-owner of Inkfreak Inc. Custom Tattoos in Somerset, said he decided to run for president because the country's most recent heads of state have forgotten what their job is.
"The last thing we need in the next president is a career politician or another lawyer," he said. "The president should represent the citizens of the country. That's something we haven't had in a long time."
Langer's Facebook page says, "I would like to hear from all of you about what you want in a president, what you think the real issues are and any ideas about how you think they can be addressed."
"The president should represent the people," Langer said. "My personal beliefs shouldn't come into play when deciding what's best for the American people."
Langer said because he plans to represent the American people and the things they want, he doesn't have any party affiliation.
"I don't even like to be labeled an independent," he said. "I'm an individual and I represent individuals."
Langer said he has no political background. He decided to make a run for the White House because he believes it's best to "go big or go home," he said.
"The worst that could happen is that I'll end up where I am now and I'm OK with that," he said.
Instead of being someone who complains about the way things are, Langer said he'd rather do something about it.
Unlike traditional presidential campaigns, Langer said he plans to use as little funding as possible and focus on social media. His Facebook page is www.facebook.com/hardcoreforpresident.
"People spend millions on their campaigns and to me that doesn't make sense," he said. "It's a waste of money. The president should be the best person for the job, not those with the best suits."
Langer said he also plans to run a low-budget campaign to avoid being in debt to big corporations.
"I don't owe anyone or any big corporations anything and I want to keep it that way," he said. "There's too much business in government and too much government in business."
So far, 103 people have expressed their support by becoming a fan of Langer's Facebook page.
"I've gotten good response," he said. "People really seem to agree with the way I look at things and agree that the direction we're headed needs to change."
Langer said his current goal is to spread the word and let people know he's serious.
His next step is to contact each of the 50 states to get his name on the ballot.
"It's going to take a lot of time on the phone and a lot of paperwork," he said.
Langer's current campaign staff consists of himself, he said.
"I'm a do-it-yourself person," he said. "I've always been that kind of person. It's kind of like, 'If you want it done right, do it yourself.'"
A bit about Chris "Hardcore" Langer
"I grew up on a farm in Connecticut. My dad is an owner-operator and my mom is a bigwig (at least I think she is) in early childhood development. I grew up learning respect and responsibility. If you want something done right, do it yourself.
"I am divorced. I have two kids. I am attached now to a wonderful tattooed lady. We will never be married. We have both done that. I have a DUI. I never cheated on my ex-wife. I never embezzled money. I don't owe any favors to CEOs of large corporations. I have never done anything I wouldn't admit to. I am tattooed and pierced. I own firearms and ride a Harley."