Buchanan-Trump Embrace Recalls 2000 Reform Party Race

In 1999, Saturday Night Live parodied the battle between paleoconservative icon Pat Buchanan and entrepreneur Donald Trump for control of Ross Perot’s Reform Party.  Social issues dominated the debate as Trump and Buchanan both sought the party’s presidential nomination.  Today, more than 15 years later, the two are finding common ground as Trump mounts a Republican presidential campaign that may ultimately lead to an Independent run. Continue reading

Current U.S. Senate Candidate Once Connected Senator’s Stroke to Gay Sex

Andy Martin is one of four candidates in the September 9 primary to decide the Republican Party’s nominee to face New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November.  Others in the race include former State Senator Jim Rubens and former U.S. Senators Scott Brown and Robert C. Smith.  Martin, 69, is a vexatious litigant in multiple jurisdictions (he threatened to sue Wikinews for my 2011 interview with him) and perennial candidate for public office who makes up for his lack of political success with his (often hilarious) attacks on political opponents.  For example, in his current race, Martin attacks Brown’s family as “abusive.”  He accuses Brown of “lying about his military record,” and identifies Brown as  “the most corrupt statewide candidate in New Hampshire history.”   As for his other opponents, Martin calls Rubens a “Mitt Romney-style Wall Street stock speculator” with “crackpot ideas,” and he labels Smith a “gay-basher.”  Though seemingly innocuous, that last statement is highly ironic given Martin’s attacks on a U.S. Senator just two years ago. Continue reading