By Jon E. Easter
Marvin Scott is at it again.
After finally taking a position against the many anti-Muslim sentiments expressed on his Facebook page and in his fundraising material (it took him over one month), he's now taking pot shots at Congressman André Carson, calling him names, and saying that he's just 5,500 votes away from beating Carson. It's one of the many funny things that Scott, his campaign, and some of Scott's supporters are leaving on the Facebook page. Here's a sampling I just captured from a man named Ernie Kurtock.
Marvin Scott needs to replace Carson!To keep unqualified, activist nominees from being nominated to the Supreme Court.
Kagan is another Sotomayor. GW Bush's nomination's wasn't so great either - Harriet Miers.
We want nominees like Roberts, Scalia, Alito, or Thomas to be seated on the court.
Apparently, this guy doesn't know that the House doesn't have anything to do with the nomination process of the Supreme Court.
Anyway, back to Scott's 5,500 votes claim. According to Scott's page, that number comes from the 2006 General Election when car dealership owner Eric Dickerson ran against Carson's grandmother, Julia Carson. That election, Julia Carson got 74,750 votes to Dickerson's 64,304 votes. In the previous midterm election back in 2002, Julia Carson got 77,478 votes to Brose McVey's 64,379 votes. Both times, Julia Carson won re-election with over 50 percent of the vote, and she won both times by over 10,000 votes.
That was Julia Carson, though...not André Carson. It was also never Marvin Scott running. In 2000, Julia Carson dusted Scott 91,689 votes to 62,233 votes for re-election to her 10th District seat.
Those are the facts. Now, here are some more.
Against an incredibly talented field of Democrats, André Carson won the Democratic Party nod for the Special Election in 2008. He defeated Jon Elrod to win the seat by over 9,000 votes. Against an incredibly talented field of Democrats, Carson prevailed in a primary where Woody Myers and David Orentlicher (among others) were well-funded and viable candidates.
Then, in the 2008 General Election, Congressman Carson smoked Republican Gabrielle Campo with 172,650 votes to Campo's 92,645 votes.
Does any of that sound like 5,500 votes to you?
No. Dr. Marvin Scott is distorting the facts. He's misleading his supporters. Certainly Congressman Carson can't go to sleep. There is an anti-incumbency sentiment that is being stoked by Republicans right now in Congress. That said, the only thing that will beat Congressman Carson in the 7th District is something Congressman Carson does or will do. I can't see him dropping the ball that much. He's working as hard as ever for his constituents. In fact, I don't know how he does it. He must have gone all Michael Keaton in the movie Multiplicity and cloned himself.
Wait...that sounds like something Scott and his supporters might dream up.
The 7th District has become a Democratic hotbed and even conservatives know that Scott has really no chance at defeating the most progressive Congressman in Indiana.