Thomas Meadows is not your typical candidate. Maybe more candidates need to wear jester caps and practice the art of Tarot card reading. But he has a direct message: "It's not the land off the free...it's the land of what's for sale."
Meadows is one of several Arizona "street people" recruited by a Republican candidate for state legislature, Steve May, to run for various political offices under the Green Party banner. The strategy here is the hope that the "sham" candidates draw votes away from Democratic Party candidates.
As you might imagine, this is drawling howls of outrage from the Democrats.
"The evidence is compelling," said Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson. "And it shows an utter disregard for the voters of Arizona."
“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.
How on earth did May "befriend" the "one-armed pregnant woman named Roxie" who later introduced him to his candidates?