Politico: Potential spoiler in Arizona Senate race

In Arizona veteran Republican John Kyl is retiring from the U.S. Senate. Republican Congressman Jeff Flake is facing former Surgeon General Richard Carmona in a tight race. Politico.com is reporting on the possible role of Libertarian candidate Marc Victor as a “spoiler” in the race.

A televised debate which included all three candidates saw Victor “repeatedly needling Republican Rep. Jeff Flake over his hallmark accomplishment during his dozen years in Congress: killing the practice of earmarks.”

“Talking about earmarks is exactly the kind of craziness we don’t need anymore,” Victor said at the debate in Phoenix, noting that the national debt is $16 trillion and earmarks account for one half of 1 percent of the federal budget.

“Talking about that is like talking about a drop of water in the ocean.”

Politico notes that “The attorney and former Marine — who said candidates should be proposing federal departments to shutter instead of “tinkering” with earmarks — could siphon votes from Flake. And that could boost Democrat Richard Carmona in a close election, which polls indicate this very much is.”

Politico mentions that “A recent poll commissioned by Phoenix-based GOP consulting firm HighGround found Victor winning 4 percent.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82276.html#ixzz291dLoVMw

Marc Victor is an attorney with a significant practice in defense of marijuana possession cases. His legal website is http://attorneyforfreedom.com/

8 thoughts on “Politico: Potential spoiler in Arizona Senate race

  1. Thane Eichenauer

    While Jeff Flake has the same fault as other as most other elected Republicans (his passive support of Team America World Police) I wouldn’t call him a clown as that is an insult to clowns that provide entertainment to thousands of people.

  2. Andy

    I happened to catch this debate on C-Span last night while I was flipping through the channels on TV. I thought that Marc Victor handled himself pretty well.

  3. Andy

    It was refreshing to see a Libertarian Party (or for that matter, any minor party or independent candidate) in a debate against the Democratic Party and Republican Party candidates. Unfortunately this is something that we don’t get to see very often in this country.

  4. Gene Berkman

    Andy @ 5 – actually, there have been many debates which have include Libertarian candidates. When I ran for Congress in 1992 and 1994 I was invited to every forum for candidates in my district.

    I have also over the years seen many debates for Senate or House races on CSPAN that includedd Libertarian candidates. It is just a fact that we get included more often, and our candidates are covered in the press more often, at a level below the Presidential race.

  5. Andy

    “Gene Berkman // Oct 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Andy @ 5 – actually, there have been many debates which have include Libertarian candidates. When I ran for Congress in 1992 and 1994 I was invited to every forum for candidates in my district.

    I have also over the years seen many debates for Senate or House races on CSPAN that includedd Libertarian candidates. It is just a fact that we get included more often, and our candidates are covered in the press more often, at a level below the Presidential race.”

    When you say “many,” the term is relative. Yes, I know that there have been other Libertarian Party candidates around the country who have been able to participate in debates against the Democrat and Republican opponents, however, more often than not, Libertarian Party candidates (as well as other minor party and independent candidates) are shut out of the debates. I’d bet that it’s a vast majority of the time when you add up all of the elections over the years when a Libertarian Party (or other minor party or independent candidate) run for various offices. Also, the debates that they are allowed to enter are generally not viewed by a very large segment of the population.

    I don’t know how many people watched the debate which is the subject of this thread, but however many people watched it I’m glad that a Libertarian Party candidate got some publicity out of it.

  6. paulie

    While Jeff Flake has the same fault as other as most other elected Republicans (his passive support of Team America World Police) I wouldn’t call him a clown as that is an insult to clowns that provide entertainment to thousands of people.

    Excellent point.

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