Sunday, April 16, 2006

Groovy Republican Ken Camera Joins the Race

In a move that threatens to throw the scripted statements of right wing Republicans Brad Jones and Ray Meier out the window, maverick Republican Ken Camera has joined the 24th District race, and how.

Camera, an energy consultant from Geneva, will be running on a unique platform that includes impeaching George W. Bush for incompetence and throwing out all of Bush's tax cuts in favor of a pay as you go system of financing the government. Yes, you read that correctly - one of the Republican candidates is in favor of impeachment. (Hint to Les Roberts and Mike Arcuri: This gives you some cover.)

There have been some readers of this blog who have been mighty upset that I dare to question the policies and tactics of some Democratic campaigns. The Republicans know how to campaign right, they've said: Just get one candidate and support that person, without allowing for disagreement. In the opinion of these readers, giving voters a chance to participate in the selection of their party's candidate is dangerous, destructive, and divisive.

Looks like those readers are wrong on all counts. Ken Camera's candidacy promises to open the debate a little wider, on both the Democratic and Republican sides. For that reason, Ken Camera is welcome to the race.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I want a congressman with courage not some "safe" middle. Let's see who has courage.

Anonymous said...

i hope you plan on making a graph showing that arcuri is now the clear front runner, like you did before.

Anonymous said...

If Rebulicans see Meier as "safe middle" then they are even more scarey than I thought.

Anonymous said...

Ken Camera is definitely in the middle, but I don't know if either Democrats or Republicans would regard his position as a safe middle.

Thanks for bringing this interesting character to my attention. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

Ken Camera is a joke and will go nowhere in the Republican primary. If you think his entry into the race will change the dynamic on the Republican side, you're crazy.

Anonymous said...

"Ken"...I thought it was Robert?

24 Independent said...

He likes to call himself Ken. Read the Finger Lakes Times article, in which they refer to him as Robert “Ken” Camera.

Candidates often like to play around with their first names to create a particular impression with voters.

Rarely, for example, will you see any James running for office. They're all Jims - even the ones who own yachts.

Anonymous said...

He sounds like a boxer. Hector Macho Comacho. Robert Ken Camera. He's a city planner or something right? Love the Yacht remark though. Those Yacht Jims are usually Skippy or Scooter to their closest friends though. Anyways, in American anyone can run. Some can't run further than a hundred yards though.