Politician Uses Tinder To ‘Get To Know’ Voters, Goes Horribly Wrong


Whoever knew dating apps and political campaigns would not work well together?

Well, apparently this guy didn’t know. Meet Greggor Ilagan…

Tinder is usually a place for “friends, dates, relationships and everything in between”. But definitely not for politics. Actually, we’d go as far as saying avoid it at all cost.

But this 29-year-old councilman from Puna, Hawaii decided to sign up in a bid to drum up more support for his campaign trail and as you’d probably expect, it didn’t go well… at all.

He’s running for the District 2 Hawaii State Senate and crafted a misguided Tinder profile to get chatting with would-be voters.

It said: 

Hey you! Help me make a positive difference in our community. Swipe right and let’s talk. I bet we can find common ground on issues and make a positive impact around us. Swipe right and let’s get to know each other.

Ultimate cringefest. He set out to connect with both men and women, in the hope he’d make a marked improvement on his campaign. However, because it’s obviously just a dating app, it didn’t really go to plan. But he did get asked out on a lot of dates… silver lining?


Speaking to Honolulu Civil Beat he said:

Because it’s a dating site, there were actually a lot of guys that were hitting on me. I was always having to direct people back to the main focus.They asked me, ‘Oh, can I have a date?’ And I said, ‘Well, we can have a meeting and we can talk about government and maybe you can help out on the campaign.’

Once reality set in though, the young politician did what a lot of us would do after a piss poor tinder date and deleted the app from his phone.

He added:

I thought the one-on-one interaction would be great, but it just leads to other things. Now I know why people don’t campaign on it.Tinder just has a different environment and different expectation. I learned the hard way.


Lesson learned. Dating apps and political campaigns= not a match made in heaven.