Former Corpus Christi mayor Dan McQueen announced this week that he plans to fund his campaign for the United States Senate by running an essay and rib contest.
It was announced this week on McQueen's campaign website that he plans to host an essay and rib contest to fund his senate campaign. The winner of the contest will receive ownership of a 12,000-square-foot commercial building in Corpus Christi that is owned by McQueen. McQueen says that the property is worth $525,000 and is rumored to have served actor Steve McQueen during its days a a five and dime store.
McQueen's campaign is asking those interested in participating in the contest to send a $250 entry fee along with a 300 word essay about job creation and a recipe for a half rack of ribs to his campaign post office box in Missouri.
The winner of the "McQueen MotorCycle Cafe Essay & Rib Contest" will receive the property if McQueen picks up the desired amount of donations. According to the Texas Tribune, McQueen says that he will refund the entry fees and the contest will be called off if the contest falls short of 250 entries.
McQueen is one of two Republican candidates currently challenging Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination for the seat. Houston energy attorney Stefano de Stefano is also running for the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, Congressman Beto O'Rourke is the only announced challenger to Cruz.