We at PinkDome are holding a contest to see who can find the worst possible candidate who is actually (and currently) running for office somewhere in these fine United States of ours. The level of office doesn't matter: be it school board, city council, or Congress, we don't care. We just want the assholes, the loonies, the ones that make you wonder, "Wait, wasn't there someone else in the primary?"
So send us your nominations or post them in the comments. We'll comb through the awesomeness and periodically post 'em for your enjoyment. To provide some incentive, PD told me that we'll be offering a prize to the person who submits the best/worst/best candidate, based on your feedback.
[And I'll be the first to admit that I'm borrowing a tad from ITPT with the whole putting periods after words to create. dramatic. effect. But the title stands.]
Running against twice elected Rep. Brad Miller, Robinson has a mildly combative style of running for office. You know, the type that prompts your opponent to tell delegates at a convention that "[m]y wife was interviewed on three television stations last week about why we had not had children and what was my sexual orientation." That type of combative.
Robinson's ads have already stirred up controversy nationally. For example, his recent radio ad with mariachi music playing in the background, where the announcer states, "if Miller had his way, America would be nothing but one big fiesta for illegal aliens and homosexuals." Classy. Or a television ad that attacks gays, feminists, judges, and blacks - and he's black!
And about that no kids thing:
Soon after winning the GOP primary in the 13th District in May, Robinson mailed literature to more than 400,000 households portraying Miller's voting record and personal life as being out of the mainstream.
Among many other things, the literature calls Miller a "childless, middle-aged personal injury lawyer."
Miller said he was "stunned" by the letter.
"I think that should not be part of what you agree to take on if you want to be involved in politics -- that kind of personal attack without any basis," Miller said.
Miller said his wife of nearly 25 years, Esther Hall, could not bear children because she had endometriosis and then a hysterectomy at age 27 before the couple were married.
Vernon Robinson, folks. Vernon Robinson.
PD, why does this have to be limited to current candidates? That means we have to leave out Byron (Low-Tax) Looper, who, after officially changing his middle name to "(Low Tax)", ran for the Tennessee State senate in 1998. He didn't win, due primarily to the fact that he murdered his opponent.
It's limited to current candidates because we want to somewhat limit its scope. I'm sure everyone can find some crazies that have ran in the past. But we want the crazies that are out there now.
Although Mr. Low Tax does sound intriguing.
What about Montana libertarian (OK, he's a libber so he has, by definition, NO CHANCE of winning) Stan Jones, who's running for Senate again this year. Call him the smurf candidate -- he's blue. Really. His skin is blue. From a self-made solution arising from his fears that disruptions caused by the millennium bug might lead to a shortage of antibiotics Sorry the story's from 4 years ago and the BBC, but it's got the best photo of him:
Here he is on the issues:
My favorite: "Governments often are the biggest polluters, Jones says. Rather than continuing to pass laws regulating the environment, he favors letting the courts compensate the insured parties."
Lets not forget our own Gov's race going on.... I mean i know Kinky's lovable but don't forget his proposal on immigration
Brad Miller's ads are awsome!
Erm ... remember Gene Kelly? Texas Democratic Party Candidate for U.S. Senate in 2000 or 2002? Forced Radnofsky into a runoff this year?
Are perennial candidates off limits? Jennifer Gale!
Perennial candidates are perfect - just provided they're running again this year. And the fact that Austin's election already happened doesn't matter.
I'd link to Gale's website, but going there always crashes my browser.