Van Steenwyk: Political ambition knows no bounds

The Sun City West resident known as Van the Radio Man wears a lot of hats. He is renown for his colossal ego and as a dedicated vote splitting spoiler on behalf of John McCain. He is also known as a perennial candidate who has never won a single race he’s entered.

In 2012, he ran as a write-in candidate for the Arizona House, challenging conservative incumbent Steve Montenegro. In that race, Montenegro received 39,372 votes (51.7%) Van, whose actual name is Clair Van Steenwyk, received 110 votes (0.1%).

But lack of support does not dissuade this candidate.

Here we see the man with penchants for pacing and random capitalization filed his paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate on May 2, 2016. But he’s also covering his bases, running for the U.S. House of Representatives, in Congressional District 8, where he is once again challenging U. S. Rep. Trent Franks. He filed that affidavit on May 27, 2016.

Running in the Congressional District requires 3,999 valid signatures.  It’s a bit tougher to make the ballot as a senatorial candidate. That race requires 10,234 valid signatures. Then again, in this uncertain economy, having a backup job could be prudent, even for the retiree.

Ego aside, the overriding question remains: Is running for two separate federal offices simultaneously even legal?


12 Responses to Van Steenwyk: Political ambition knows no bounds

  1. CD 8 PC says:

    Anyone who has watched this marginal little man over the years, knows his motivation is not the betterment of our district or state, but his own self promotion. It’s clear that his ego is taller than he is. The fact that he engages in draining votes away from conservatives and aids McCain to satisfy his own egoism is shameful in a race where every votes counts.

  2. Sgt. Preston says:

    Van Steenwyk is Jimmie Lee Deakin reincarnate. He’s actually on board the McForked Tongue Express and doesn’t care about the consequences. It’s all about HIM.

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    The old saying is, there’s no fool like an old fool. With Van the Radio Man and John McCain we have two of them!

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    SRAZ asks the question: Is running for two federal offices simultaneously even legal?

    Now that Obama and his minions have been allowed to wipe their behinds on our founding documents and turn everything upside down, who knows what “legal” means.

    It is obvious that there are different rules and standards for different groups of people (but you and I are not supposed to talk about it).

    In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge at the time, stated: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

    She also stated that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”

    Also, there is this matter which makes me wonder about the legal system. A US citizen in Florida sold a printer via Craigslist for $60.
    Almost immediately, the buyer (who is a citizen of Ukraine, living in the United States under political asylum) filed a lawsuit stating that the printer was defective. The buyer has filed hundreds of similar lawsuits in the past few years in Florida. Interestingly, the lawsuit was allowed to continue, even though the complainant told the judge that he no longer had the printer or any of the “defective” parts. This case has caused the seller to use his entire life savings and go into debt to try to put an end to this harassment via the legal system. And it continues currently. There was no mediation, there was no small claims court—just abuse of the legal system by a non-citizen who is a serial complainant.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Do I wish Trump’s personal lawsuit troubles never came to the fore? Yes. But Flake better get behind him or live with Hillary’s Supreme Court. And that includes crybaby Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham and the rest of the poor losers. They’re all on a tear and will screw up yet another election.

    GOP Senator: Trump’s Mexican Comments Could Spur ‘Convention Challenge’ | Mediaite

    • azgary says:

      Donald Trump, Judge Curiel, Decepticons and The Non Discussed Motives of The GOPe Quislings…

      …….The GOPe do not support the nationalist candidacy of Donald Trump because the America-First principles espoused by Trump are antithetical to their legislative agenda. It has nothing to do with Trump’s personality; their motives only use the behavioral excuse as a shield to hide the reality of their UniParty affiliation………

      …….As an example today when House Speaker Paul Ryan says candidate Trump’s remarks about Judge Curiel are “the literal definition of racism“, most of the Trump supporters and most of the Anti-Trump advocates, point out how Ryan’s remarks are going to be in Hillary Clinton campaign ads…….

      ……Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell et al, cannot openly appear to be throwing the 2016 Presidential race because that would expose the UniParty to full electoral sunlight.

      No, instead their efforts must be more covert, more subtle, more designed to provide benefit while retaining appearances.

      What the GOPe are doing, on behalf of their legislative agenda, is politically strategic. Remember this is the same crew behind Omnibus, behind TPP, behind the Corker/Cardin amendment, behind the attempted passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

      Just like in June of 2014 when they were trying to pass the Gang of Eight bill in the House (derailed by the primary of Eric Cantor), the GOPe is one side of the UniParty apparatus strategically trying to give the viewing electorate the appearance of opposition while simultaneously working to deliver an identical outcome
      How did that fiscal year budget 2017 work out?… with the GOPe in control of the House and Senate?…. or funding for DAPA (Obama’s executive amnesty)… See the real picture here?…..

      continues in depth…

    • azgary says:

      Monica Crowley Lays Out Argument Against Judge La Raza In Two Minutes…

  6. Eve Maller says:

    I am sick to death of Paul Ryan and his outrage at Trump…..Paul Ryan is the Democrats goffer

    • azgary says:

      a small excerpt from an excellent piece, highly recommended reading:

      Paul Ryan Is the Reason the GOP Is Losing America

      Trump didn’t say anything racist. He just told the truth. It isn’t his Mexican heritage that makes the judge unfit to oversee the Trump U. case. It’s his membership in a La Raza lawyers group. It’s his past statements about his Mexican heritage. It’s his handing out college scholarships to illegal aliens. This judge can’t be trusted to oversee a Donald Trump case anymore than the Democrat Mayor of “sanctuary city” San Jose and his La Raza-affiliated police chief.

      That San Jose police chief clearly ordered his 250 riot police to stand down and do nothing, while Trump supporters were beaten and bloodied right in front of them. It’s time to speak truth. It’s time to call a traitor, a traitor. These people in power have an agenda. They’re not on our side. They’re not on your side. We need to call them out.

      None of the people in power can be trusted anymore- whether they be white, black, Mexican or any other race or creed. They are all part of “the system.” They are all out to protect the way things are…to protect their power…their crony capitalism…their obscene pensions…the open borders that kill middle class jobs and lower our wages. They are all in on the scam to destroy America’s middle and working class, and make us dependent on government. To give the power to the elite. To leave the rest of us powerless and at their mercy.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        Good article and I agree. I read that Ryan “will easily” keep his seat in the House. We’ll see. He, right now, is the most hated person in D.C. by the base if comment sections of articles are any measure. Calling Trump a ‘textbook racist’ was beyond the pale.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      He and Jeff Flake are Obama’s favorite “Republicans.”

  7. azgary says:

    unfortunately van is lazy, he has by far the best positions of the candidates but will not get serious.

    he is the only candidate saying deport illegals immediately period, end of sentence.

    I cannot and will not support ANY candidate for ANY office who doesnt have that as their position.