Another late entry in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate

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 We have another late entry in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate — John Dougherty, formerly a news reporter for the Phoenix New Times, who has been working for a think-tank in Las Vegas as well as doing freelance work for the New York Times and other publications since 2006. His campaign web site is up and running.

The Phoenix New Times reports John Dougherty, Ex-New Times Award-Winning Staffer, to Run for U.S. Senate:

John Dougherty tells us that he's filed documents today with the Federal Elections Commission as a first step to run in the upcoming Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat.

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"This will be a great exercise in the regular folks standing up and saying, 'Enough of this bullshit,'" Dougherty says.

"We're going to try to make the debate more than just about rounding up people and tossing them back across the border and thinking that will solve everything, including our economic crisis."

For more than two decades, Dougherty exposed the misdeeds of those in power — including the infamous Keating 5 (of which Senator John McCain was a `member'), J. Fife Symington III (then the governor of Arizona), Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

While a full-time journalist, Dougherty won the Arizona Press Club's Journalist of the Year honors on three occasions, twice with New Times and once with the East Valley Tribune.

He also operated his own weekly paper in Flagstaff, the Southwest Sage, for 16 months before coming to New Times in 1993.

To be sure, Dougherty faces an uphill struggle, first to win the Democratic nomination against two challengers (if he collects enough signatures to get on the ballot), and then to best the winner of the nationally watched Republican primary battle between incumbent John McCain and J.D. Hayworth.

"It's totally grassroots, totally seat-of-the-pants," Dougherty says of his quest, which he likens to the New Rebel Alliance of Star Wars fame taking on Darth Vader and company. "I want people to have fun with this and to have a serious opportunity to listen to what we have to say."

Dougherty says he has enough money committed to him from unnamed benefactors to "get through this first hurdle," which is to qualify for the ballot for the late-August primary election.

He says he plans on traveling the state in his 1978 "campaign bus," a 1978 Bluebird Wanderlodge dubbed the Strayhound.

I guess Dougherty and Rodney Glassman can hold bus races across the state to turn out people for the show.

One response to “Another late entry in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate

  1. He will be speaking at Drinking Liberally -Tucson on Sunday, May 9