I don’t know how to truly begin this story. I had a successful career in government for over 30 years. I left a great job to try my hand a politics and I did run a campaign for 7 months in late 2017, early 2018, but got out of the race because, while I had a lot of support, I could not raise the cash to run against an incumbent. I had the full support of my wife and family at the time.
I am not rich, I am not one of the elite. I am a regular guy who has worked hard on a satisfactory income all my life. When I quit my job, I withdrew money from retirement savings to help the campaign and to help us with my income gone for an indeterminate amount of time.
I was first of all stupid that I did not remember that I would take a hit on the money withdrawn as a penalty and did not plan that by spending a lot of it to pay off existing debt. When the campaign didn’t go the way I’d hoped, I went back to work within government again, but at a wage much less than I had been making. It was income, but the money and the bills you pay don’t change. Then, it came.
My wife came to me last fall and said she wanted a divorce. Nothing that either of us had done against the other, she just felt we grew apart and it was time to end it after 18 years of being together. I was devastated. We had just had our first grandchild born and she wanted to end our marriage. She asked me to leave the house in a matter of days.
The only place I could find was a truly crappy apartment house that would allow me to bring my two dogs with me. My apartment was clean and small, but it was OK, big enough for me and my two smaller dogs. Here I sit, since October 2018, in a small little room from a bigger two story home, who once ran for a very high political office and now I sit with next to nothing. My wife asked in the divorce for her to pay her monthly and for her legal expenses (which I said I cannot). I pay on my taxes to the state and federal government on a payment plan until paid which take much of my monthly income away (I did get a much better job that paid more in the meantime) but the outlook financially is so daunting I’ve wondered if there is even a reason to keep going at times!
I live on $300 or $400 a month leftover after bills for a whole month and buy food for my dogs and I eat very little. I am trying to sell our home, but it, along with all my personal debt is over $250,000 and I really don’t want to do bankruptcy. My immediate needs are $50,000-$100,000 that would help.
You really don’t know how well you have had it until you sit alone with the only things you feel that love you (your dogs) in a small room and look back on your life and say “here I am, this is what it has come to.”
Anyone willing to help this middle-aged man who went to rock bottom, I’d appreciate it immensely.