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