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If you can’t beat ’em…

July 29, 2008

So you’re get tired of covering the scalawags who run your state – now what?

One option: become one of the scalawags who run your state.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Novice politician Sean Tevis spent two weeks trudging door to door through the outskirts of Kansas City, touting his qualifications for the Kansas state Legislature, and what did he have to show for it? A few slammed doors and one lonely $25 donation.

So Mr. Tevis pushed aside his persona as an aspiring statesman, pulled a chair up to his Power Mac G5 desktop computer and unleashed his inner techie.

Thus began what may be the most unlikely fund-raising success story of this campaign season. Running to represent a mostly lower-middle-class district with just 11,000 registered voters, Mr. Tevis has raised more than $95,000. The astounding sum hasn’t come from his neighbors, but from kindred spirits nationwide.


Mr. Tevis, a former newspaper reporter, launched his campaign when he realized he was tired of hearing himself complain about his state representative. He is running as a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Republican district.

I can’t tell from the news story whether he ever trolled the halls of a legislature for one of his papers, but it’s still a good read.

Click here for the full story. And click here for Tevis’ website.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 29, 2008 6:29 pm

    This was my favorite story of the day! I hope he wins, just for the cartoon…

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