Candidate rolls out unusual LD 18 state senate campaign
It’s unusual for a candidate to solicit funds by offering to personally “make a commitment” to match every donation “dollar for dollar.” It’s even more unusual to omit the party designation with which that candidate aligns.
Within a week of launching his latest campaign — he ran and lost in 2008 — Frank Schmuck email blasts out:
“Today is the final day of the financial reporting period. That means I only have 24 hours left to build as big a war chest as possible before the next finance report. In other words, it is critical for me to show my opponent right now that I’m serious about this race and that I plan on winning.” (SRAZ omitted the screaming bold face type, excessive exclamation points and puerile underlining.)
The Republican and Democrat Parties have very different platforms which reflect conflicting positions on a wide range if issues. In order to detect where Frank Schmuck’s political comfort zone is, it took a search of his name at the Secretary of State’s campaign website to find out he’s registered as a Republican. Why he doesn’t want to tell potential voters that fundamental fact, one can only guess. Unfortunately for Schmuck who obviously wants to appeal to anyone, none of the answers would be satisfactory. Arizona is a state where the top elective offices are solidly in the GOP column, as are the majority of legislators and Maricopa County elected officials. Many conservative Republican precinct committeemen have dedicated themselves to making those facts reality and have much to be proud of. A search through the incumbent state senator’s donor records reveals an establishment crony, and a list heavy with lobbyists, McCain allies and PACs.
There’s a lot to run on, not from. But right out of the gate, Schmuck has oddly chosen the wrong path.