A fusion candidate running on (at least) the Libertarian and Green ballot lines, John Murphy, has taken a cue from the Peirce campaign in Ohio.
According to a press release I got in my inbox, he plans on wearing a chicken costume.
On October 11, 2006 the Lancaster County Rotary club will hold a debate between two of the three candidates running for House of Representatives in the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
The Rotary Club has decided only to invite the two corporate owned candidates and not the corporate free candidate John Murphy. While the decision of the Rotary Club was certainly ill considered, it is unpardonable that both Mr. Pitts and Ms. Herr have not chided the Rotary Club for its oversight. “It is unthinkable”, said John Murphy, “that both Mr. Pitts and Ms. Herr did not suggest to the Rotary Club that common decency and fair play demand that all candidates be invited to address the members of the Rotary Club. I’m reminded of something Abraham Lincoln once said, “˜To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men’. If the two corporate candidates are so callous as to ignore this common courtesy, what can the voters expect of them?” concluded John Murphy.
Since neither Mr. Pitts nor Ms. Herr has insisted that the Rotary Club extend an invitation to Mr. Murphy, the Murphy campaign is forced to conclude that the two corporate candidates are too “chicken” to debate John Murphy.
Looking at his site, the guy isn’t really that libertarian, but he does have an impressive list of leftist celebrity endorsements, including Ralph Nader, Peter Camejo, Noam Chomsky, and Howard Zinn. He’s not fully our guy, but he’s a better alternative than the other two.
However, I do have to question the chicken suit. With the Peirce campaign, it was novel. But I’m left wondering if it will become the next big libertarian “thing” that we do because it’s cool, regardless of effectiveness. I mean, if all we are to the average voter is The World’s Smallest Political Quiz, chicken suits and NORML rallies… well that’s cool and all but it’s hard to take seriously. I could very well be totally off the mark here. But it’s been a concern of mine.
At any rate, I hope John Murphy embarrasses the duopolistic goons.