Nutjob candidates in other states make Texas politics seem downright boring this year

New York gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis

Texas has produced its share of crackpot politicians over the years. But compared to what’s going on across the country, the Lone Star State seems downright boring in 2010.

While Gov. Rick Perry said the Arizona anti-immigration law is not right for Texas, his counterpart in Arizona claimed the law is necessary because of decapitated bodies found in the desert. Jan Brewer, running for re-election as governor of Arizona, has not been able to produce evidence to back up her claim.

Meanwhile, Rand Paul, who’s running for the Senate in Kentucky, said he thinks restaurants should have the right to refuse service based on race. Not that he’d do that if he owned a restaurant, but they should have that right.

Sharron Angle, who’s running for Senate in Nevada, thinks alcohol should be illegal. Last time we looked, Las Vegas was in Nevada.

And after being criticized last week for running an ad showing a map of Mexico with stock photos of Latinos and talking about a stronger immigration law, Angle said she was talking about immigration from Canada and didn’t know if the people in the ad were Mexican. She’s ahead in the polls.

—  David Taffet

Anti-gay Tea Party candidate wins Nevada Republican primary, will face Harry Reid

Sharron Angle
Sharron Angle

Sharron Angle won the Republican primary for the Senate seat held by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid. She has strong Tea Party backing.

In October 2009, she stated her support for a federal law to define marriage as between a man and a woman. But she would also like to intrude into private family life even deeper, saying that it’s wrong for both parents to hold jobs.

Among her other controversial positions, she favors making alcohol illegal. And yes, Las Vegas is the largest city in the state she wants to represent.

She has spoken out against fluoride as a communist plot.

While in the Nevada legislature, she sponsored legislation to require doctors to inform women that abortion causes breast cancer.

Her ideas for drug rehab for prisoners is based on ideas linked to the Church of Scientology.

How did Angle win? She beat Sue Lowden, who proposed people pay for doctors’ visits with a chicken.

—  David Taffet