By Michael Bryan

Let's face facts: given a 3 to 2 registration disadvantage, Democrats are not likely to win any races in CD 5. Barring the proverbial dead hooker, the winner of the CD 5 GOP primary will likely be taking a seat in Congress.

But in the process, a whole lot of GOP shibboleths will be whispered by candidates Kirk Adams and Matt Salmon. Wouldn't it be great if there were a Democrat there with a mic to challenge their assumptions, debunk their misinformation, and condemn their ideological orthodoxy?

Screen Shot 2012-06-26 at 8.44.00 PMThere is. His name is Spencer Morgan.

He's not an ideal candidate. He's barely old enough to qualify for the office. He tends to include his time in student government among his leadership credentials. And he seems to think that a cardigan is sometimes acceptable campaign attire.

But Spencer understands why government is neccessary and beneficial, and how to persuasively and unappologetically stand up for Democratic principles – which is a damn sight more than can be said for some candidates twice his age.

During a recent Chandler Chamber of Commerce debate, he consistently challenged the two Republicans' talking points and presented an alternative view on the issues. This is something that Democrats should always do, even in hopeless districts – just in case a dead hooker turns up, and to ensure that the GOP doesn't have the opportunity to turn a Congressional race into a conservative echo chamber.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Spencer for providing that service in a deeply red district. He deserves our support and encouragement. I suspect that this is merely the first office Spencer will be running for, and he will certainly be paying his dues in his current endeavor.

See the debate video after the flip, in which Mr. Morgan throws the monkeywrench of truth into the gears of the GOP agitprop machine, again and again…

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