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.