Libertarian Marc Victor, of All People, Targeted in Arizona Senate Race by Wealthy Super PAC

Categories: Election 2012
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Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Marc Victor.
One of the biggest "Super PACs" in the nation is focusing part of its cash on the U.S. Senate Race that will undoubtedly be won by Democrat Richard Carmona or Republican Jeff Flake.

However, the Ending Spending Fund -- which has spent $9 million in races this year, the 10th-most of any Super PAC in the nation -- is targeting Libertarian candidate Marc Victor.

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The Super PAC is run by former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts, and it has dropped several million dollars thus far in the presidential race.

This ad from the Super PAC featuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indirectly targets Carmona, but it tells people directly: don't vote for Victor.

"Every morning, Harry Reid wakes up, eats his breakfast, and says a little prayer that Libertarians will vote for Marc Victor," the ad we found on Facebook says. "Harry is desperate to keep the Senate. And, polling at less than 5%, he knows that a vote for Marc Victor is really a vote for Richard Carmona."

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Politico said earlier this month that it appeared Victor could play the role of spoiler in the race. Although there are more than 20,000 registered Libertarians in Arizona, 2010 Libertarian Senate candidate David Nolan landed more than 80,000 votes -- nearly 5 percent -- while Senator John McCain was reelected by a healthy margin.

Is it plausible that Victor could be a spoiler? Sure. Does he care? No.

"I don't care what people do with their votes," Victor tells New Times. "I'm just promoting freedom."

If the people trying to get Flake elected think he can steal some of the Libertarian vote, Victor's not buyin' it.

"Jeff Flake is pretending to be a Libertarian, pretending to be for freedom and free markets," he says.

"He can't even come out against the drug war," Victor continues. "For me, that's the easiest thing to come out against."

Victor says it seems like Flake's campaign wanted him to withdraw from the race, and he would -- "if it were in the interests of freedom."

"If Jeff Flake says he'll end the drug war, I'll withdraw," he says.

Since that's incredibly unlikely to happen, it looks like Victor's still going to campaign for votes until Tuesday.

"Flake's a guy who's been in [Congress for] 12 years," Victor says. "Instead of bashing me and bashing Carmona, why doesn't he talk about the things that he's done in the last 12 years?"

For a case in point, the Flake ad featuring Cristina Beato accusing Carmona of knocking on her door at night -- an ad Victor jokingly says he's seen "50,000 times."

"If I was ever running for reelection after 12 years, I wouldn't be talking about knocking on people's door," Victor says. "Isn't that the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard?"



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9 comments
mccanless.phil
mccanless.phil

Wow, the republicrats are showing just how pathetic they are.  My vote belongs to me.  I t isn't the property of the two big political parties!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

And the Republicants are praying that Dems and Liberal Independents vote for the Green Party candidate.  Another attempt to siphon votes from the President.  The reason we're in this in the first place was because these nimrods voted for Nader and Bush got elected over a far superior candidate for the environment, Al Gore! 

blindsmall
blindsmall

Great looks like we have their attention!

allknowingvato
allknowingvato

Keep the pressure on! We need more not less participation. This will help to usher in a new era where hopefully it will lead to entirely new ways to elect leaders. The duopoly is not working for the majority of Americans, that much is a FACT!!

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Marc is a good man and to be commended for his stand. Flake can kiss my ass.

nicmart
nicmart

This reminds me of a quote in George Will's most recent column:

 

“The growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones. Between 1960 and 2010, the growth of entitlement spending was exponential – but in any given year, it was on the whole over 8 percent higher if the president happened to be a Republican rather than a Democrat."

 

Republicans are the worst sorts of phonies.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Anyone in the Ricketts family talking about "ending spending" by the government is a load of BS.  How much did the Ricketts family squeeze out of the City of Mesa for a new facility for their Chicago Cubs - $84 million in direct spending and $15 million for otherwise unnecessary infrastructure.  If the Ricketts family was really serious about "ending spending" by the government, they would fund their entire facility themselves and reject the government largess that they have ransomed from the City of Mesa.  But they aren't really advocating for "ending spending" in its entirety; they're just advocating "ending spending" on anything that doesn't personally benefit them.

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