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Bizarre candidates seek office in midterm elections

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A number of Republican primaries this year have been won, not by mainstream GOP-supported candidates, but by so-called Tea Party candidates supported by that organization. While a number of opinions exist in the Tea Party establishment, there are several particularly radical candidates who have made it into the national spotlight. We find these politicians’ popularity disturbing, and so we have catalogued some of their bizarre quotes, opinions, and actions. After all, no argument we can make will be more damaging to these candidates than their own words.

Glen Urquhar

Delaware, U.S. House

Urquhart wants Americans to believe that Hitler invented the separation of church and state. He said while campaigning: “So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of church and state, ask them why they’re Nazis.” So, why are many Americans Nazis? Probably because of Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, which says, “The whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

Carl Paladino

New York, Governor

“Hi, I’m Carl, and I’m angry. I want to be your governor.” Truly an inspiring way to begin a speech.

Yes, Paladino is angry. He is angry at the New York Post for sending “goons” to photograph his daughter. He is angry with his “despicable opponent,” who he claims has been unfaithful to his wife. He is angry with President Obama, so he has forwarded e-mails of the Obamas Photoshopped as a pimp and a prostitute and distributed a video of an African tribal dance titled “Obama inauguration rehersal.”

Paladino reported that he was able to negotiate the freedom of Syracuse University’s chancellor during student protests after the 1970 Kent State shootings. Friends have said this event has been exaggerated; one called it “an urban legend in his mind,” and a Syracuse history professor said that the entire story was completely fabricated and that no hostages were ever held.

On his website, Paladino advocates that, if he were elected, “any able-bodied New Yorker on unemployment or welfare will join the Dignity Corps” — the Dignity Corps being a new program where prisons would be converted into “work centers.” Here they will learn “how to earn their checks, and personal hygiene.”

Sharron Angle

Nevada, U.S. Senate

Angle’s angle so far has been to not settle on any issues. She tried to block adding fluoride to water, but then stopped. In a 2006 interview, Angle was against alcohol (or any drug) being legal, but she took that viewpoint back recently. She of course wants to repeal the federal “Obama-care” health program, but she also either wants to shut down, “transition out,” or “personalize” Social Security, depending on the day. She has said that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations because it “continually threatens U.S. sovereignty.” The UN does, after all, have crazy ideas about the “fraudulent science” that is global warming.

On the note of science and education, Angle stated in a radio interview that she wanted to shut down the U.S. Department of Education, asserting that it was unconstitutional. Furthermore, she has continued to be a champion of “Second Amendment remedies” — that is, the right to bear arms — as a response to losing at the ballot box.

Christine O’Donnell

Delaware, U.S. Senate

O’Donnell’s latest ad begins with the statement “I am not a witch.” We appreciate this clarification, as she makes clear she never joined a coven, just dabbled in witchcraft. But this perennial candidate has more strange statements in the closet than the media seems to be able to cover. She has stated that condoms spread AIDS, that masturbation is committing adultery, and that evolution is a myth. In 2006, she said she was privy to classified information about China’s strategic plans to take over America.

For O’Donnell, there seem to be no limits: Possibly her craziest statement uncovered so far is, “American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans with animals and coming up ... with mice with fully functioning human brains.”

Rand Paul

Kentucky, U.S. Senate

While also following party lines being of being opposed to “Obama-care” and abortion in all instances, Paul holds the less-common view of not supporting the entire Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Had he been given the chance to vote for it, the Senate candidate confirmed he would have done so anyway, but he does believe that “a free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin.”

Evidently discrimination is fine with Paul, provided the government looks the other way.