Florida man runs for Congress in Indiana (and two other states)April 28th, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
A candidate for Congress in Indiana’s 7th Congressional District lives in Florida. He’s also seeking to be on the ballot in two other states.
Erin Kent Magee is a former write-in candidate for President who is an opponent of the Obama Administration.
He is hoping to win the opportunity in next week’s Republican primary to take on Democrat André Carson in November.
Magee’s campaign exists primarily in youtube videos. We reached him by phone in Florida.
When asked if he has ever visited Indiana, he said, “No. I can’t honestly say that I have.”
He’s running here because ballot status in Indiana is easier to obtain than in other states, but he’s also trying to get on the Florida ballot in a bid for Congress there.
And he’s running for the Senate in Tennessee.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson sees no problem with that. “He legally is on the ballot here,” said Lawson. “He only has to live here on Election Day.”
Magee says he will consider moving here if he wins the primary.
Marion County GOP Chairman Kyle Walker says that’s unlikely. “Yeah I’ve seen no activity from him or his campaign for Congress,” said Walker, “and, again, maybe he’s working on his other two congressional races.”
It’s also unlikely that Magee could unseat Rep. André Carson if he did win the primary, but over the phone he said he has an issue with Carson.
“Ah, I think many Americans would object to electing a Muslim to a federal office,” he said. “It poses a grave security risk for them to hold federal office.”
Carson, who is Muslim, is also a former law enforcement officer who worked for the Department of Homeland Security.
Magee did call back to say that he’s not anti-Muslim and is not asking people to vote against any particular group.
He is hoping that both Republicans and Democrats will vote for him, he said.
In all three states, that is.