Several posts ago, we gave links to and quotes from announced candidates for So. Dak.'s US House seat (now occupied by Ms. Herseth Sandlin). We (meaning me, Newland, in this case) neglected to include Mr. Marking, whom we knew but forgot had announced last fall. Recently, Mr. Marking sent a letter to a number of media outlets. The following paragraph is an excerpt from it.
I am B. Thomas Marking, South Dakota's Independent Candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives. I announced my candidacy in November 2009 and I am in this race all the way to next November, whether the television stations, newspapers, and bloggers in this state choose to acknowledge it or not. I have people working hard all across this state on collecting the outrageous 3400 signatures required to get on the ballot.
Marking has a website. On it he lists some goals.
1. Within 90 days of being sworn in, my staff will set up a secure computer system and register all interested South Dakota voters, so they can begin casting ballots on national policy issues (domestic and foreign). The majority decisions of these referenda will dictate my voting on bills brought to the floor of the House.
2. These principles will be applied to any legislation that I author, endorse, or review:
> It will expire or be reviewed by a specified date or event
> It will be based on hard evidence of need
> Tangible benefits must be greater than the realistic costs
> Dependable long-term funding must be assured
> No unrelated addendums are attached
> The rights and responsibilities of individual Citizens are not usurped
> The rights and responsibilities of state and local governments are preserved
3. If I'm sent back to Washington, I vow to shine a strong spotlight on any action born of assumed political privilege, any action that violates good program management, and any action that demonstrates disrespect for the rights and innate intelligence of the American Citizen.
Be aware that I've only excerpted from Marking's pages. Anybody care to remark on the campaign's style, substance, chances?