Moreover, he could win, just as U.S. Rep. Gladys Spellman (D-MD) did once even though she was in a coma at the time. Indeed, Congress was in a dilemma over what to do because there is no prohibition against running while in a coma (or from behind bars, for that matter) and if the voters choose to elect someone anyway, that is their choice. It was only when she did not revive that after six months they declared her seat vacant because she was unable to take the oath of office. By the way, she remained ina coma for eight years before passing away at age 70, the same age Faleomavaega is now.
Our local media either is not interested or is too lazy to go to the Federal Election Commission records where they would learn that Faleomavaega already has raised over $40,000 for this election cycle, which is a substantial amount for a small race like this one. Indeed, it may be more money already than any other congressional candidate ever has raised for an entire campaign here. It would not be that hard to research from FEC records.
His contributions come largely from tuna interests and people with Asian surnames, and many donations are for $2,000 or more, including one person at the maximum $2,600 allowed. Surely these folks are not just throwing money down a rat hole. Faleomavaega must be sending them a signal, probably through his chief enforcer, Lisa Williams, that he intends to run again. His congressional office chief of staff, the feared and hated Williams, also is often on his campaign payroll as a fundraiser in election years.