Lately, his name has been all over the news. Jimmy McMillan, founder of the “The Rent Is Too Damn High” party, is running for governor of New York. His platforms are obviously that the rent is too high, the deficit “will heal itself” and marriage for everyone and thing. He is a controversial candidate for having made anti-Semitic remarks and having the word “damn” in the party name and on the ballot. McMillan does not seem to be likely to win the New York governor’s race, but he certainly is a colorful candidate. He is not the only candidate who has stolen the spotlight with some views that are not mainstream.
Another candidate who has been in the media despite being unlikely to win in November is Texas gubernatorial candidate Kathie Glass. Glass is a Libertarian candidate and a defense attorney in medical malpractice lawsuits. She has the potential to get enough votes to swing the election from current Governor Rick Perry, who is a Republican. Although she is not capturing a large percentage of the vote, a recent poll shows her getting approximately 5 percent; the race between the Governor and his Democratic opponent is very close. Her voters are likely to be voters who would have voted for Perry, and some Tea Party candidates have given their approval to her.
Kathie Glass’s platform includes plans for border safety and upholding the values of the Constitution. The border safety is her main issue in this election. She plans to station the Texas State Guard along the Texas border with Mexico to prevent illegal immigration, and would allow for the use of deadly force. She would deny state aid to those who are undocumented. The money saved from preventing state services from being used by illegal immigrants would be used to cover the gap that would be created when she reduces taxes.
When it comes to schools, she would switch to a flat amount of state aid based on the population of the district and abolish the property tax. She wants to protect homeowners’ rights and ensure that tax liens cannot lead to foreclosures. This is where the money saved on state services for illegal immigrants becomes important. It is those savings that will be used to cover the school funding.
Also, according to her website, she advocates the Texas legislature pass laws declaring several federal laws void in the state of Texas. She believes laws such as the Health Care Reform bill, Cap and Trade and some United Nations Treaties violate the Constitution. Specifically, the violation is of Texas’ state sovereignty.
While it remains to be seen whether either candidate will make an impact on the election, or even get elected, both candidates have or will appear in a debate, and will inevitably garner at least a few votes.
Max Read “Meet Jimmy McMillan, Founder and ‘CEO’ of the Rent Is 2 Damn High Party”, Gawker.
David Catanese “Glass Messing with Texas Race”, Politico
Greg Rohloff “Libertarian Candidate Would Use Deadly Force at the Border”, The Amarillo Independent.
“Five Point Lone Star Plan”, Kathie Glass for Governor.