This guy can't explain anything without sounding like an arrogant prick.
"I'm a person that's spent 75% of my life in an airplane, flying around the U.S., flying around the globe," Hovde, a community banker and hedge fund manager, told the Journal Sentinel last week. "You know a lot of what I've been up to. I built homeless shelters for street kids in Kigali, Rwanda; Mombasa, Kenya; Winneba, Ghana; Mexico City; Huanuco, Peru."
Records show that Hovde registered to vote in Washington, D.C., in 2004, two years after he built his 7,700-square-foot mansion there. Of the 11 elections held in D.C. since he registered, Hovde voted in just two of them - the 2004 and '08 general presidential campaigns.
In the last presidential contest, Hovde said he voted for Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. He did not vote in the GOP primary between McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
It's not just his busy schedule that has kept him away from the ballot box. He also pointed to the dearth of conservative Republicans in elections in the nation's capital.
"I'm a conservative in D.C. Do you understand that?" Hovde asked. "When it comes to a vote in Washington, D.C., and you're a conservative and your only choice is a liberal Democrat and a liberal Democrat; it's a little discouraging."
First he was gloating about how his charity work made him better than you. Now he's using it as an excuse for not voting, like the guy never heard of an absentee ballot.
If Hovde plans on winning next month's primary, he's going to need to improve at responding to negative attention. His willingness to empty his own bank account in an attempt to reinvent himself has Thompson's attention, Neumann's attention, and the attention of the press, who will continue to rough Hovde up because he gift wraps them a story every time he opens his mouth.