Green Candidate To Challenge Thompson
Looks like Carol Wolman jumped right on it, filing papers as a Green Party challenger to Mike Thompson's seat as soon as she was able to. I'm wondering if perennial Peace & Freedom/ Green Party candidate, Pam Elizondo, will also be running for that seat. I don't follow her too closely but it seems to me she's been a candidate for one thing or another every election as far back as I can remember.
I haven't voted for Elizondo yet, at least I don't recall doing so, but she's one of my favorites. Any candidate that shows up at a candidate forum wearing a sweatshirt, as opposed to more formal wear, is on my good side.
Next question: What about the Republicans? Will they be opposing Thompson this time around. Joy...Mike...any word on this yet?
As of yet, no libertarian candidate has filed for the position.
I think it would be a mistake for Paul to align himself with any particular third party. If he decides to run, after losing the nomination, I think he should run as a strict "independent", although I'll admit to not knowing just exactly how the "independent" thing would work.
Reason I say that is that, if he runs under a third party banner, he'll pick up all the garbage of that particular third party might have with it and that could turn a lot of people off. I think many people might vote for Paul as an independent, but not if he's the Constitution or Libertarian Party candidate. I count myself among those (although, sure, I while I would vote for him as a LP candidate, there's probably just as many that wouldn't because he's the LP candidate).
If he runs as an independent, people won't have to worry about crossing party lines to vote for him, so to speak. I wouldn't have any problem voting for him. If other third parties decide to support Paul in his independent bid, so much the better.