Meet Larry Pressler, South Dakota’s so-called Independent Senate Candidate

With longtime Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota not seeking re-election, the race for his open U.S. Senate seat is wide open.  Republican nominee and former governor Mike Rounds currently leads the polls over his three opponents: Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, and Independent Larry Pressler.  Pressler, 72, represented South Dakota in the Senate as a Republican from 1979 to 1997.  He is hoping to revive his political career after a long absence from public office.  In a recent SurveyUSA poll, Pressler jumped to second place in the race, just three points behind Rounds.  With Weiland not included in the poll, Pressler leads Rounds 54 percent to 39 percent.  However, despite Pressler’s momentum and apparent independent/outsider perspective, he evades citizen journalists like myself, acting more like an establishment duopoly candidate than a genuine independent.

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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