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NY-13: Even Francis Powers Won't Vote for Francis Powers

by: James L.

Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 2:51 PM EDT

I am so utterly flabbergasted by this turn of events that I'm completely speechless. From the Staten Island Advance:

An already topsy-turvy political year grew even more so yesterday when Francis M. Powers, the son of GOP designee Francis H. Powers, said he would seek the Libertarian Party line to run for Congress.

"This is not about my dad," said the younger Powers, 47, a master carpenter from Clifton who plays and sings with the Staten Island band Box of Crayons and runs an indie record label called Penny for the Guy Records. "I'm running against the Republican candidate." [...]

Fran Powers insisted his candidacy is not a "vendetta" against his father.

"I'm not going to say that my dad treated me bad when I was a kid," Fran Powers said. "I know his policies. I'm running against someone I know."

Francis H. was quick to release a statement calling into question his son's "lifestyle":

"I've tried very hard for many years to help my son," the elder Powers said in a statement released by his campaign.

"Unfortunately, he's rejected everyone's help to live a healthy lifestyle. Regardless of whether he wants to run for Congress, I still stand ready to help him move his life in a positive direction."

The elder Powers did not comment beyond the statement, but a Republican source said that Powers was referring to his son's "carefree" lifestyle in the music business.

The younger Powers, who apparently has been taking hairstyle pointers from Gary Glitter, will petition to be placed on the ballot as "Francis M. Powers", and the Manhattan Libertarian Party will assist him in gathering the 3000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot. Failing that, Powers says he'll try to get the Anarchist Party's endorsement form his own Anarchist Party line.

I am not making this up.

James L. :: NY-13: Even Francis Powers Won't Vote for Francis Powers
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Dad's a homophobe?

or a complete dick
Anyone reading the press release referring to him needing to live a "healthy lifestyle" totally looks like he is throwing his kid under the bus and makes him look like a dick.  NY-13 safest Dem pick-up after AZ-1.

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A Republican homophobe on Staten Island?
color me surprised.  

Liberty Avenue Politics - a place for politics in Southern Queens

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More of a dick than a homophobe
The linked article says his son is a married father of two.  As for the "healthy lifestyle" thing, look at the son's picture -- I'm just guessing, but I wouldn't be suprised if he last saw soberity during the Carter Administration!

This whole thing is just hilarious -- why do I have the Benny Hill theme song playing in my head, with a picture of sexy nurses in white chasing Republican candidates around with big nets!!

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Heh, I can't even call a jinx...
... I try to refresh as often as possible, but sometimes my refresh is a bit stubborn about showing me the latest updates for a page.

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He's probably a homophobe anyway...
... but in this case, the "lifestyle" jab was most likely not directed at his son's orientation, but his propensity towards the musical arena as a career ambition.  There's little evidence that his son is gay, especially reading the full linked article --

The married father of two, Fran Powers said his campaign would focus on home port redevelopment...

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This HAS to be a joke
Too funny. Wow!

Last sentence of the article
Powers said that if he's not on the Libertarian line, he might seek to form his own Anarchist Party ballot line.

28, gay guy, Democrat, CA-08

Somehow I missed that the first time.  I posted a correction.

Even nuttier!

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So is the GOP locked into this guy?
Does he still have to win the primary?

dear lord
funny thing is you can totally see the resemblance. even funnier is that i've heard of the band, meaning that as of a month ago, libertarian candidate fran powers was better known (to me) than republican candidate frank powers...

It is difficult to get the news from poems, but men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. --William Carlos Williams

So Powers is running on family values, right? :)
Quite a group of Republicans in NY-13.

John McCain: Healthcare for kids?  Not for a Bush-McCain America.

Speaking of topsy-turvy
I love the fact that the Libertarian/Anarchist candidate is running on a platform of "increased public transit."

he looks like...
A worn-out, drugged up version of Meat Loaf in that pic.

that is a family with "issues"

Just what in the world is going on in this district???

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

if we lose that election
i'll eat my shoe; there is just some kind of karma at work dealing with that district

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What's next?
Alan Keyes jumping in the repub primary?  He'd probably be a stronger candidate than what they have now.

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Underestimating the massive Goth vote in Staten Island
If The Cure's Robert Smith stumps for him, could cut into Dem, support. Robert Smith kicks ass. Disintergration is the best album ever.

That's Just Sad.....
When your own dad is criticizing your lifestyle as being bad, when it doesn't seem to be.

And they'd be running against each other, if Powers Sr. is the nominee. The Democrats must be tripping over themselves with laughter.  

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