MA-05 Special Election Attracts Constitution Party Candidate

Pastor Kevin Thompson of the Massachusetts Constitution Party has decided to toss his hat into the ring and run for the open seat in the Fifth Congressional District. His official campaign website is & it’s already up & running.

A quick perusal of “The Issues” webpage indicates that Thompson will be THE most conservative voice on social issues in the race. He opposes abortion & gay marriage. He’s also a fierce defender of the Second Amendment and a firm believer in securing America’s borders.

The interesting wrinkle in his candidacy (where he finds common cause with Democrats) is his opposition to the Iraq War (“an illegal invasion based on faulty intelligence”), the Patriot Act, and what he calls “a NAFTA superhighway”. Hardcore conservatives will love his call to abolish the income tax (“along with the IRS”) & to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the US Constitution.

Thompson’s first challenge will be getting the requesite signatures to place his name on the ballot. Should he succeed, he could pose an interesting challenge to GOP candidate Jim Ogonowski. If social conservatives and economic libertarians feel dissatisfied with aspects of the O-Man’s candidacy, said conservatives could find in Thompson THEIR candidate for THEIR issues.

The winner of the Democrat primary will probably count on his/her party to be unified as said primary winner advances towards the general election. Given the possibility of Thompson siphoning off a marginal amount of conservative voters in the general election, should the GOP be sanguine about his candidacy – or nervous? Comments please.

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