Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin says he won’t participate in the process of answering the hundreds of issue-group surveys that are routinely sent to candidates for federal office.
“I don’t believe that I should be beholden to any special interests,” Hugin said. “I don’t believe we’ll fill out anyone’s questionnaire.”
As a self-funder who is not relying on raising money from interest groups, Hugin has the luxury of declining to answer detailed questions. That would give him the luxury of not owing favors to big donors or special interests if he wins a seat in the United States Senate.
The flip side for the retired pharmaceutical company CEO and first time candidate is that he might lose boots-on-the-ground support from interest groups that boost strong local membership and the ability to produce votes for him in November.
Hugin stated his view on candidate questionnaires in response to a question on whether he has filled out a survey from the National Rifle Association.