Cary Dolego, Former Write-In Candidate for 2010 Governor's Race, Found Homeless in Ukraine After Failed Love Quest

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Cary Dolego, former Arizona write-in gubernatorial candidate, ended up homeless in the Ukraine after a failed matchmaking trip.
Cary Dolego, a former Green Party write-in candidate for the 2010 Arizona governor's race, was found among homeless people in a Ukrainian town last week following a failed quest for love.

A Youtube video (see below) shows Dolego, 53, sitting on a bed in a hospital ward, explaining to an interviewer how he arrived in Chernovtsy to meet a woman.

Dolego had originally traveled to the Ukraine on a "romance tour" to meet potential brides -- as explained in an ABC News special on international matchmaking that featured him.

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Dolego poses in 2010 for his official picture as a write-in candidate for Arizona governor.
It's unclear whether he drew many, or any, write-in votes in the 2010 election. (Update -- we were looking at the wrong Web info. As commenter Thane points out, the AZ Secretary of State's site records clearly that Dolego received a grand total of 12 votes.) Green Party candidate Larry Gist, whose name was on the ballot, drew more than 12,000 votes.

Still, Dolego -- formerly of Queen Creek -- went through the motions after filing for his candidacy in 2010. He was interviewed by blogger/artist Ryn Gargulinski and filled out a questionnaire for the Center for Arizona Policy.

In the questionnaire, Dolego describes himself as a divorced father of three (including one son who's a Phoenix police officer), a former 15-year employee for the state Department of Economic Security and a current employee of Wells Fargo.

We learned about his predicament from a couple of news articles today on the Internet.

The first one, published on www.unian.net, tells how volunteers of the "People's help" city shelter in Chernovtsy discovered him at a train station:
At the railway station they saw a man in a neglected condition who stood out against a background of homeless people; however he spoke perfect English. He had documents, a personal computer and a business suit.


The article, written in somewhat stilted English, says that Dolego traveled to the Ukraine in May on a vague business trip, hoping to share his ideas about air- and sea-travel safety.

He ran out of money after his bank account was frozen for unknown reasons, then got kicked out of his apartment. He'd been corresponding for "months" with Yulia, a woman surgeon in Chernovtsy, so he decided to go there to see if she could help him out. But he never did find her.

After being rescued from the streets by the social workers and placed in a homeless shelter, Dolego was taken to a local hospital and treated for pneumonia. He was still at the hospital as of yesterday.

In the video, Dolego explains how he e-mailed Yulia to let her know he was coming.

"But she probably wouldn't recognize me because I have been wearing -- I could show you here -- a very distinctly different Russian hat," he tells the interviewer. "Yulia, I love you dearly, and I'm hoping that we can finally make contact..."

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Dolego expected to meet this woman, "Julia," at the airport when he landed in the Ukraine in May. ABC News caught his disappointment when she blew him off.

Another article by the RIAN News agency noted that Dolego was featured in the ABC broadcast in August. The news special shows Dolego preparing for the trip, excited about the prospect of finding a "marriage-minded" woman.

"It's just going to be an extraordinary experience -- I'm looking forward to it," he says before his flight, adding that it would be "ideal" if he returned home in a few weeks with a potential mate.

Cameras followed him to the Ukraine, where "Julia," an Odessa woman, was supposed to meet him at the airport. She turned out to be a no-show. But the matchmaking service soon set Dolego up with other dates. In one scene, he's shown chatting over drinks with several women.

After the news crew went home, Dolego's plan went seriously awry.

But he's still hopeful.

Dolego could have gone home at U.S. Embassy expense, but then he wouldn't have been able to return to the Ukraine because of a visa problem, according to unian.net. He's "decided to find his beloved in Chernovtsy at all costs, even if he has to hole up," the article says.

Love will find a way -- and hopefully before the Ukrainian winter sets in.



UPDATE: The Moscow Times just published a story about Dolego with a few extra details under the headline, "Would-Be U.S. Governor Mistaken for Ukrainian Bum."


MORE UPDATES: Dolego gets rejected by "Yulia."


Dolego coming home next week.



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Karlzorn
Karlzorn

Hi,

I live in chernivtsi , the town where this guy was found.The TV here and the newspaper mentioned his story of course but for the people who knows modern Ukraine and especially western Ukraine , they can fill the blanks...

People here are the worst crooks , scammers and bandits that one can imagine. It takes some times to see it as they have developed with the years an incredible talent for counterfeiting their emotions. 

Don't be mistaken , these people are at war , they hate you , they hate everything , they are bad. In Western Ukraine they are preparing carefully a sort of revolution based on their mentor , the nazi criminal Stefan Bandera ( some kind of man who could have made a pact with the devil himself to get 'his' Ukraine been freed , he made a pact with Hitler which was rather close  )

People here live in permanent schyzophrenia. Everybody knows what happened to that guy but everybody will discuss the story like if it was a very unusual fact.

This US guy don't say everything. it doesn't cost the price of a house , a car and a motorbike to travel to Ukraine ... so what happened is that he fall in a trap carefully prepaired by this Yulia and his friends. I think she drove him ( by phone or email ) to Odessa ( blabla it's a beautiful city etc ... ) then , in the town some accomplice found Dolego and during that time , the gang tried to transfer money from Dolego's account ( what may explain why it became blocked ) , etc...

They did probabely that with such an infamous vicious attitude so that Dolego never ever understood what was happening to him ( it will take him several months ) . How many money did they stole him ? Did the US banks managed to detect a fraudulous attempt ? possible.

So what was not expected by the gang is that Dolego would be so mad about that woman that he would come from Odessa to Chernivtsi while he was out of money.( I guess their plan was to ruin him , draw all his bank accounts in the US bank account of an Ukrainian guy , to let him without money in Odessa and this man would have no choice but to run away from Ukraine very fast like a poor beast taking the first flight ) 

So not only this youlia was aware of the plan but also all the family ( the pack ) including the evil old babouchka , the brothers and of course some representants of the local mafia.

This is an industry in Ukraine. Many women are been driven to get married and they have a mission in several years to make their husband invest in Ukraine , buy properties in the name of the family , then getting a quick divorce.

This country is entirely run by the mafia . Women must be docile. End of story. Women here will obey to the orders of their families.They are like robots.

Only the Russian knows how to deal with these people ( ukrainians and russians are very different people ) . In the USSR , If they did something wrong they would go for a long time in a very cold place , in the deep center of siberia. That's the only way to treat them.

So don't blame too much that Cary Dolego , the same thing could have happened to you. 

Anyway , knowing the Chernivtsi train Station at night and having seen the homeless guy here , this man is very lucky to be still alive.

As for the stereotype of the Ukrainiam man , forget your cliches , it's much much worse. It's like a big fat pig who spend his time either half-drunk , either laughing like an idiot , with an average IQ of 20 . As for the woman , yes many are pretty , slim  , often well-educated  ( which is a striking contrast with the men ) ... but don't think this 'reservoir' is not under control. When you talk with the men they will tell you that their chicks are the first national resources ... I mean it's better return on investment to breed chicks than chickens ... Anyway , I would like also to say that prostitution here is a national institution. It's not Western Prostitution , it's worst : you can see any girl that you like in the street and you may offer her a few money , she would not refuse . I have seen very few U.S tourists here apart some mormons or the average peacecorpers but all the ukrainians men are doing this with ukrainians women .So don't say  U.S people are trying to 'buy' a slavic woman that is just simply not true . On the other side , as I said earlier , the Ukrainians mafia has not problem using the legitimate and romantic quest for a wife of many solitary (straight) foreign men. Never forgot that all these Ukrainian women are under deep control.

Cheers from Ukraine, 

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

"It's unclear whether he drew many, or any, write-in votes in the 2010 election."

It is very clear if you go to the Arizona Secretary of State's election web site and click on the link labelled "Official Election Canvass of Results".  Cary Dolego received 12 write in votes in the general election according to that document.http://azsos.gov/election/2010...

Somnobul
Somnobul

Save a homeless man, make him the laughing stock of the world. Nice. Sort of like Republicans forming a SavetheHomeless group.

Rjeremy001
Rjeremy001

LOL I'm sure there are hundreds of American men writing to that chic. lol

Dareoski
Dareoski

it figures . he's a green party nut job.

Fraesh2
Fraesh2

What an idiot.  Dolego, you traveled half away across the world for a date and she still stood you up.  Take a hint.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Too bad the article didn't read "Current Arizona Governor found Drunk and Homeless in China". 

Jsfromsd
Jsfromsd

What a cultural city Chernivtsy is! Even bums speak perfect English!

Jason
Jason

Try to stay warm. I hear it's really cold over there this time of year...

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Well, I can definitely relate to making a fool out of myself over women. Like the other guy said, stay warm, try not to freeze to death.

David Saint
David Saint

lol well hed fit right in at our state capitol...

Coz
Coz

I'm surprised he didn't get elected as Governor in Arizona since the voters here seem to elect nothing but nutjobs.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Right you are, my friend. I missed that for some stupid reason. I'll adjust the post...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I have to wonder how long it would be until someone cared enough to ask anyone else if she had been seen yet this month?

Somnobul
Somnobul

Me too. But for the grace of God, it would be me... minus the hairpiece...

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

He probably would've been an improvement over what we have.

David
David

You are right.  The voters elected that moron Napolitano.  She is more stupid than obama.

Jason
Jason

I'm surprised this guy didn't get elected to any public office job available in Arizona..

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

Promise me that you will never go into business doing John McCain impersonations at birthday parties. :)Thane "Smiling Jack McGee" Eichenauer

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