The loser in a recent Republican primary is claiming that his opponent, Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas, is unqualified for office because he has been replaced by a robot.
Timothy Ray Murray posted a press release — addressed to “News Person” — in which he demanded the Oklahoma Board of Elections shift votes from Rep. Lucas to him on account of the fact that “it is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed [sic] by a look alike.”
Murray claimed that Rep. Lucas was “executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine. On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses.”
He stated that while “it is possible to use look alike artificial or man-made replacements,” such “replacements” are not human, and therefore ineligible to serve in office. He also assured the board that he “will NEVER use Artificial Intelligence look alike to voice what The Representative’s Office is doing nor own a robot look alike.”
“Many things have been said about me, said to me during course of my campaigns,” Rep. Lucas told KFOR. “This is the first time I’ve ever been accused of being a body double or a robot.”
Murray’s claims, while outlandish, are similar to those made by people suffering from Capgras delusion, a neurological disorder that causes individuals to believe that people in their lives have been replaced by body doubles.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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