Hard-left Mikel Weisser first Democrat to join race for CD-4
From Mohave Daily News:
KINGMAN — A Kingman school teacher is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Mikel Weisser, who lives in So-Hi outside of Golden Valley, is running in the Democrat primary as a candidate for the newly redrawn Congressional District 4. The district will encompass parts of Mohave, Yavapai, Yuma, Gila and Maricopa counties as well as all of La Paz County.
Weisser, the lone Democrat in the race so far, is running against Arizona Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, who are all Republicans.
From all accounts, he is relatively far to the left:
Weisser said his three main issues are water, energy and the privatization of government agencies, especially prisons. Private prisons create a second layer of extra cost to taxpayers, he said. Privately run prisons in other states have seen misuse of funds, corruption and an increase in arrests with money going to corrupt judges and politicians. One example was in 2010 when three inmates escaped from the privately run prison near Kingman that eventually led to the murder of an Oklahoma couple. “This is a boondoggle that makes the rich richer and a decline in services,” Weisser said.
Weisser also criticized the demonizing of national, state and local governments by the propaganda of right wing media.
We can argue about the plusses and minuses of private prisons, but . . .
–citing the enrichment of the rich as an argument against privatization, and
–whining about how poor, beleaguered government is being demonized “by the propaganda of right wing media”
. . . are indications of a hard-left political alignment.
And in case there was much doubt at that point in the article, Weisser himself subsequently removes it:
Running as a Democrat, Weisser calls himself the disorganizer of the Occupy movement, leading protests at parks in downtown Kingman. At first people would flip him off but now motorists are honking their horn in support of the 99 percent movement.
[ . . . ]
His goal is to attract Independents as well as Democrats and even blames President Barak Obama as being the best Republican in the White House. He criticizes Obama and “blue-dog Democrats” for compromising too much with conservatives in Congress and for being funded by lobbyists and Wall Street.
A self-professed Occupier who thinks that Barack Obama is too far to the right? Yeah, that’ll fly in the new CD-4.
Oh, and by the way—apparently, he’s a nouveau beatnik. Wow, cool rhymes, big daddy.
Oh please, Democrats, nominate this guy in the primary. Please please please.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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