Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon has teamed up with rapper Wyclef Jean to make a song and video about the dangers of government interference. While the message is a valid one, it doesn’t look like Dunafon has a future in singing anytime soon.
Dunafon, who we’ve spoken with before, is an avid supporter of smaller government, especially when it comes to marijuana. If you weren’t sure about that, the video makes it abundantly clear fairly quickly. And often.
The song itself, entitled “The Trap,” encourages “critical thinking for critical times.” The refrain repeats over and over again. The video itself contains images of presumably independent voters holding up signs indicating facts about the failed drug policy of the United States. These shots take place in various places around the city.
Dunafon has had a difficult time garnering the attention of the mainstream media, as do most third party candidates. yeahstub.com has tried to rectify this in our interview series regarding third party candidates across the nation, but it never hurts to have a major celebrity helping you out. Especially one as charming and highly regarded as Jean.
The video debuted yesterday at Dunafon’s strip club, Shotgun Willie’s, which can be seen in the background of a few of the shots with the sign holders. It is apparently aimed at Governor Hickenlooper’s recent “Don’t be a Lab Rat” scare campaign against marijuana use. Hick has long been known for his folksy campaign ads that try to paint him as an everyman, but with recent controversies in his tenure have him come off as more of an out of touch shmuck.
The video also touches on a few other hot button issues, which include gay marriage, school reform, and women’s rights. It is well produced, as one would expect with professional help from Jean, but the song itself is probably not going to win any awards. It’s catchy and may get stuck in your head, but overall it’s a mediocre song with a good message.
Dunafon is currently polling at around three percent in the most recent Quinnipiac poll. This video probably won’t make a huge dent in the voting populace, but it will at least raise awareness with voters that they have options other than republicans and democrats.
“Audiences of all ages will identify with the citizens locked in the major-party cage,” said Dunafon’s campaign. “Jean and Dunafon’s message is that if you’re sick of party politics, and you want to get the money out, an independent governor is the best choice for Colorado, because he is not taking money from vested interests, and is willing to talk about the most divisive issues: local control over fracking, the release of non-violent cannabis prisoners, and investing to create a world-class cannabis and hemp industry in Colorado.”