published Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Basil Marceaux undaunted by mockery of gov's bid

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    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter, second right, addresses the audience during a gubernatorial debate at Belmont University on Monday, July 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. From left are Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.; Knoxville Republican Mayor Bill Haslam; McWherter; and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, George Walker IV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Basil Marceaux said Thursday he's pleased with the national attention he's been getting for his Republican gubernatorial bid in Tennessee, even if the coverage has largely mocked the perennial candidate's appearance and positions.

"I'm Basil," the 59-year-old entrepreneur from Soddy-Daisy says at the start of a rambling one-minute candidate statement broadcast on Nashville's WSMV-TV that quickly became in Internet hit.

Marceaux's video has since been featured on shows ranging from Chris Matthews' "Hardball" on MSNBC to Comedy Central's "Colbert Report."

"People always vote the candidate they feel they could have a beer with," quipped Stephen Colbert. "And it looks like he had several before that statement."

Marceaux said he knows he sounded discombobulated in the video, but notes that he had to whittle down his prepared six-minute statement and that he was distracted by producers constantly reminding him how much time he had left.

Marceaux, a former Marine, said he does not drink alcohol, and that his speech is sometimes hard to understand because he only has three teeth. In the end, he said, the issues are more important than his appearance.

"It's not about how I talk, or how my cowlick sits up on my hair, or anything like that," he said. "It's about doing something good for the right reason."

Marceaux's campaign platform includes eliminating handgun carry permit requirements, and instead imposing fines on anyone who doesn't have a firearm. He also wants to make traffic stops illegal and enforce a ban on U.S. flags with gold fringe.

Among several other bids, Marceaux has run twice to oppose state Sen. Andy Berke, a Democrat from Chattanooga. At an event in 2008 he explained to Berke why he ran.

"He came up to me and told me that I seemed to be doing a good job but that he was going to run against me anyway," Berke said. "He said he wasn't going to win, that he was doing it purely for name recognition to run for governor.

"I did not understand then how he savvy he was," Berke said.

Marceaux said the jokes about his video don't bother him, especially because of the publicity they have given to his long-shot campaign.

"If I knew it was that easy, I would have made one a long time ago," he said. "I've been fighting for a long time to become somebody important, like a mayor or a governor.

"I run for anything where I can be in charge."

Marceaux said he's realistic about his slim chances of winning the nomination over three well-funded GOP candidates, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp.

"I've been doing this for a while and in my book it's not always about winning," he said. "I'm happy when I lose. I think it's fun. I meet a lot of people, and my message is loud and clear."

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Folks like Basil are gems. He is honest about his views and is very, very cute and sincere. Unlike most politicians who are slick, well-paid liars. The Chris Matthews and Colberts of the world, along with their Progressive-Left Comrades, show themselves to be the ultimate petty, de-humanizing, arrogant, shallow elitists in contrast to real folks like Basil. One can disagree with his views, but the Trashers show just who the real Fools are.

July 29, 2010 at 8:21 p.m.
jgkelley said...

This message paid for by BasilMarceauxDotCom For Governor. "Because it's more important to be right-wing than it is to be sane!"

July 29, 2010 at 9:41 p.m.

His honesty is refreshing, no matter how disconcerting his platform is. Statements like, "I run for anything where I can be in charge," are bothersome, but make me wonder how different Mr. Marceaux is from the other candidates. Wipe the lipstick off the other pigs and here is what you get. We have a fine bunch of candidates this election season.

July 30, 2010 at 7:28 a.m.
JamesReesor said...

The following information about Basil getting his first endorsement caught my attention. The video was very informative and has convinced me that his campaign is nothing short of a miraculous event. His national popularity has far surpassed all of his Republican competitors and it wouldn't surprise me to see him win the primary. I hope to be debating this fine gentleman in upcoming debates leading to the general election. If for some reason he should not overcome Ron, Zack and Bill, his endorsement of my candidacy would be welcome.

EMERGENCY NEWS ALERT: Tennessee political boss surprises Republican party officials by endorsing Basil Marceaux for Governor in secret video revealed on YouTube on the last day of July 2010 -- only five days before the primary election.


July 31, 2010 at 10:41 a.m.
SavartiTN said...

I became a fan of Mr. Marceaux after he stated on Jimmy Kimmel's show...when asked if he would run for governor of California...that he would be governor of any long as he could "fix it."

August 3, 2010 at 11:40 p.m.
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