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Doug Hughes

Tampa Bay Times interview

13 Apr, 2015

Hughes describes his two-year plan to land on the capitol lawn to the Tampa Bay Times to deliver letters to Congress protesting the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the court decided campaign contributions were a form of political speech.

We’re heading full-throttle toward a breakdown. There’s no question that we need government, but we don’t have to accept that it’s a corrupt government that sells out to the highest bidder. We can have a government that works for the people, that answers to the people, that can only take money from the people in small amounts.

He says he has no intention of hurting anybody and that he doesn’t want to be hurt either.

No sane person would do what I’m doing. I don’t believe that the authorities are going to shoot down a 61-year-old mailman in a flying bicycle. I don’t have any defense, okay, but I don’t believe that anybody wants to personally take responsibility for the fallout…Somebody will realize that they’ve got to modify the playbook and they’ll probably scramble a helicopter. They’ll scramble a Blackhawk from Quantico, and there’s a 50-50 chance that a Blackhawk at full throttle will overfly me and realize that he’s missed and he’ll have to come back. Again, I’m going to fly low and slow and these guys are going to have a full head of adrenaline. Eventually, I’m hoping the Blackhawk will catch up with me about the time that the authorities realize that I’m not a threat and knocking me down is not a politically savvy move, and I anticipate having an escort all the way in. I’m hoping for a friendly escort.