Dirty Tricks: GOPer Recruits Homeless for Az. Green Party

September 7, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—You know the political dirty tricks season is upon us, when an Arizona Republican operative blatantly recruits homeless street people as sham write-in candidates for the Green Party, to deliberately water down Democratic support in the general election. Who is the GOP dirty trickster? Steve May, a former one-term state rep. and openly gay Log Cabin Republican, who is also running as a write-in candidate for the state legislature. May shamelessly admitted to recruiting homeless people, but he insisted a sidewalk Tarot Card reader and a known street character, nicknamed “Grandpa” are serious candidates. Democratic Party officials in Arizona are not amused by May’s “deceitful” antics and have filed a complaint.

May had already unsuccessfully tried to recruit Anthony “Grandpa” Goshorn as a Green Party write-in candidate for the state legislature in District 17, before he decided to run himself. After Democrats questioned the validity of his nomination papers, Grandpa withdrew. Now, May is attempting to put Grandpa Goshorn back on the Green Party ballot as a candidate for the state senate.

The New York Times has a comical tongue-in-cheek report on May’s political shenanigans:

“Did I recruit candidates? Yes,” said Mr. May, who is himself a candidate for the State Legislature, on the Republican ticket. “Are they fake candidates? No way.”

To make his point, Mr. May went by Starbucks, the gathering spot of the Mill Rats, as the frequenters of Mill Avenue are known.

“Are you fake, Benjamin?” he yelled out to Mr. Pearcy, who cried out “No,” with an expletive attached.

“Are you fake, Thomas?” Mr. May shouted in the direction of Thomas Meadows, 27, a tarot card reader with less than a dollar to his name who is running for state treasurer. He similarly disagreed.

“Are you fake, Grandpa?” he said to Anthony Goshorn, 53, a candidate for the State Senate whose bushy white beard and paternal manner have earned him that nickname on the streets. “I’m real,” he replied.

Gathered around was a motley crew of people who were down on their luck, including a one-armed pregnant woman named Roxie whom Mr. May befriended sometime back and who introduced him to the rest.

Can you guess what May’s campaign slogan is? Wait—it’s coming—“Honest Leadership for a Change.”


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