It is fair to say that I did not necessarily think that Tommy ‘Aceman’ Allen should win President at the start of this year’s exec elections. However, I am not lying when I say that following the last seven days, I am now seriously considering voting for ‘Aceman’.
I agree with all of the points which George Martindale made in his earlier article about Allen. His videos have been ridiculously entertaining, getting more hits than any material the other candidates have released. He has had a huge presence on campus without even having to think of a theme. Out of all of the candidates, he has definitely kept my interest the most and has been a breathe of fresh air during this election process.
His video on the LSUTV website was the only one which kept my interest and his appearance on the Bubble Debate overshadowed his competitor by a mile. He seems to be one of the only candidates who is actually being himself rather than being a generic presidential candidate. After speaking to Allen over the election process, it is also fair to say he is able to have a normal conversation and is not just running around acting crazy like many presume. Not to mention, some of his manifesto points are actually pretty good. I feel like he is beyond the ‘joke’ candidate which some label him as being as he has actually led a pretty successful campaign.
I understand many may not be voting Allen in this year’s election. Whittaker definitely has all of the credentials to make a great President on paper. However, Allen is so different from any of the candidates running, that I can’t help but want him to walk away victorious on Wednesday night. I understand that both candidates could not be more different if they tried, so I am definitely aware that voting Allen may not be for everyone. However, he has definitely been the most prominent and most memorable candidate for the role over the last week and therefore I will not be surprised if he becomes the new LSU President.