A Republican political operative in Arizona has taken the third-party to the third degree: he’s now recruiting candidates to run on the Green Party ticket in an effort to dilute support for statewide Democratic candidates.
And he’s recruiting candidates on the street — candidates with no political experience whatsoever.
The recruiter — Steve May — has some political experience of his own. He’s been an Arizona lawmaker, and was embroiled in a national political spotlight after being hunted down for being gay under the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which prevents gay servicemembers from being out of the closet.
“Benjamin Pearcy, a candidate for statewide office in Arizona, lists his campaign office as a Starbucks,” the New York Times’ Mark Lacey reports. “The small business he refers to in his campaign statement is him strumming his guitar on the street. The internal debate he is having in advance of his coming televised debate is whether he ought to gel his hair into his trademark faux Mohawk.”
Pearcy is pictured at center in the picture above (photograph by the Times).
“Mr. Pearcy, 20, is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees public utilities, railroad safety and securities regulation,” Lacey adds. “Although Mr. Pearcy says he is taking his first run for public office seriously, the political establishment here views him as nothing more than a political dirty trick.”
May says he’s just helping the democratic process along. He’s a onetime Arizona legislator and Army Lieutenant who was pursued under the Army’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in 1999. May’s service was ultimately restored by President Bill Clinton.
“Did I recruit candidates? Yes,” May told Lacey. “Are they fake candidates? No way.”
Democrats say otherwise.
“These are people who are not serious and who were recruited as part of a cynical manipulation of the process,” Paul Eckstein, a Democratic lawyer, was quoted as saying. “They don’t know Green from red.”
Notes Lacey, “Arizona’s Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with local, state and federal prosecutors in an effort to have the candidates removed from the ballot, and the Green Party has urged its supporters to steer clear of the rogue candidates.”
May was introduced to the street crowd by “a one-armed pregnant woman named Roxie,” Lacey avers.
His other candidates include a tarot card reader “with less than a dollar to his name” and a 53-year-old “whose bushy white beard and paternal manner have earned him” the name Grandpa on the streets.
‘Sit this one out’: Ivanka Trump’s complaint about ‘elites’ hilariously backfires
Ivanka Trump complained about coastal elites to defend her father -- and was swiftly met with furious mockery.
The White House adviser and eldest daughter of President Donald Trump shared a video clip of former Republican strategist Rick Wilson ridiculing the president's "credulous boomer rube" supporters, and complained the attack was derogatory and unfair.
"You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided," Ivanka Trump tweeted. "The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting."
You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided.
Republicans are being ‘torn and squeezed’ after Bolton’s book disrupts their anti-impeachment efforts: columnist
On Tuesday, conservative columnist Matt Lewis wrote for The Daily Beast that former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book is a "game changer" that "puts the squeeze" on Senate Republicans who were hoping to dispose of the impeachment trial quickly.
"If you don’t think the bombshell revelation that John Bolton’s book will say Donald Trump wanted to withhold Ukraine aid until their government agreed to investigate Democrats has the potential to move the needle, consider the developments that ensued in its wake," wrote Lewis. "Susan Collins suggested she would vote for witnesses, and Mitt Romney said it’s 'increasingly likely' other Republicans would join them. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly canceled a press conference (later, he left open the possibility that he would subpoena Bolton’s manuscript, even as he remained opposed to having Bolton testify), and Pat Toomey proposed a 'one-for-one' witness swap. By the end of the day Monday, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told NPR that he expects as many as 10 Republicans to vote for witnesses."
GOP senators furious at White House counsel Cipollone for not alerting them about Bolton manuscript: report
John Bolton's book manuscript have blown up Republican hopes for a speedy impeachment trial, and President Donald Trump's defense team conceded it was "a complication."
The former national security adviser claims Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden, and Senate Republicans are furious the White House apparently knew about the allegations but didn't prepare for the possibility they would leak before the trial ended, reported Axios.