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I'm figuring ying_ko_4  will probably put this more in perspective than this Illinois resident on the outside looking in.

Let's turn the Peter G Political Periscope towards St. Francois County in Missouri.  It is represented by House District 107 in the state lege.  It has been covered by Linda Fischer, a Democrat.  She served her first term, and is running for re-election.

There are only two candidates.  Fischer is the D's candidate.  The R's candidate is John Fischer.  They're married.

Last Friday, Linda was apparently granted an order of protection against her husband.  She said on Tuesday that she sought the order for protection from "physical violence."  According to court documents, Linda says John has been confrontational, irrational, and erratic (which explains why he's running for public office, the guy's a natural), demanded she give him her cell phone, and that he "previously and presently (is) using physical assaults as his mode of communication."  "It is unfortunate that as an elected official your private life is potentially a theater for public disclosure," she said. "I trust the voters of St. Francois County will see through the political gimmicks and make the right choice."

John denies the allegations.  He said he has argued with Linda but he has never been physical.  He's offering a polygraph test to prove his innocence.  He says he's running because he thinks the D's are handling the economy, stimulus money, etc. wrong.

I don't know about you, but I'd pay serious money to see what their next Thanksgiving is going to be like....



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Apr. 1st, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
The real question here is, "Did she file the restraining order to make him look bad so that people would vote against him?"

Which raises the further question, "Is he running against her as a Republican really just a red herring?" After all, people are very angry with their elected officials, and moreso at Democrats right now (which sounds like HIS campaign platform). So if he runs against her and the restraining order ploy works, she's back in. If it doesn't work, their household still has the office, she can drop the restraining order, and it's back to business as usual.

I'm thinking that right now would be the opportune time for a Libertarian (or other third party) candidate to run for that office. I think a third party might well be able to just walk away with that one.
Apr. 4th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I'd not read or heard anything about this until I saw it here...

And for all the people who wail and moan and gnash their teeth about hating either the GOP or the Dem's...not enough have voted consistently to oust either party by voting for Third Party candidates...
Apr. 4th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
For the most part, I agree about third party candidates (the first time I was eligible to vote in the Presidential election, I voted third party. I don't talk about it much because, about a decade later, the guy turned out to be a nut and the party he ran for...I had major problems with their platform as far as thing like equal rights and that).

However, third parties CAN succeed. We've seen it before. When America first came to be, the two parties were the Federalists and the Whigs. (The R's, IIRC, formed in 1849, and their first candidate was a guy named Fremont.) So it is possible. It just takes the crowd getting behind them.

There's a lot of voter anger out there right now. This kind of anger can be used for positive change. But it has to be big enough and organized enough. And right now, I don't have enough data to make a prediction how it will go.

All I know is, November is going to be the most interesting midterm election I've ever seen....
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