Dr. David Vogel qualified Wednesday as a Democratic candidate for Georgia's 9th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. In a message to supporters he observed that "qualifying fees have all the moral justification of poll taxes" and indicated that they discourage poor people from running for public office. The fee for running for Congress is $5220, half of which goes to the State of Georgia while the other half goes to the party that qualifies the candidate.
In the same message, Vogel promised never to "embarrass my conservative constituents by 1) voting to close down the government for no better reason than being angry at not getting my way, thereby costing our economy $1.5 billion per day, or 2) voting to cause our government to default on its debt, which would have plunged our economy into chaos." He added that the economic problems do not fully describe the consequences of the 16 day shutdown last October, ending by pointing out that if "the SARS epidemic [had] waited until the Centers for Disease Control shut down, there is a real likelihood I would not be writing to you because at least one of us would be dead."