Mr. K obviously has some serious support among the commentators here. They might be careful what they wish for. His strong advocacy for his religion, his anti-muslim comment on his video on his web site, all suggest this is someone who believes in his version of America - not the constitutional one. The voters in the third district have a tough choice. Vote for a democrat or republican (Wolfe or Fleischmann) and get more partisan politics in DC, or vote for fringe independents like Kiah and Kyriakidis and get a really polarized Congress. DeVol is a touch better, but hardly anywhere near the center. For my money, I'd look to the quiet guy in the race - Barkman. He isn't on the speaker's circuit very much, but what he has to say makes more sense than all the others combined.
John Wolfe is the Democrat. He has the party line down pretty good on his third try. He got about 7,000 votes in the primary. Good luck against a republican!
Better odds might go to the independents - Barkman, DeVol, and Kyriakidis - Kiah is too far out for anyone but a Libertarian to love. The couple other independents quit.
Do a web search with the candidates names and you can find their web sites.
It would be good if the press asked the Tea Party who they invited. It might explain why some of the other independents were not there. The article makes it sound like they decided not to attend, but that is not the case. They were not asked.
For anyone wanting to find out what the two other candidates still in the race (Barkman and Kiah) are about, go visit their web sites. You can find Kiah the Libertarian candidate at www.electmo.com and Barkman a moderate conservative at www.db4tn.com. If you want nearly no government, Mo is your man. If you want someone who has a long term outlook and is more mainstream than the righter than right DeVol and Mr. K, dig into Barkman.
Chuck needs to watch his back. The natives are restless. His refusal to appear with other candidates makes him look like he is thumbing his nose at the voters. What kind of representative is that? Voters are looking more closely at the independents who span a range from the moderate Don Barkman, to the "more republican than Chuck" Mark DeVol, to the very conservative Savas Kyriadkidis. They all have web sites so voters can get the scoop on where they stand. Maybe it is time the press took a closer look too.
There are more independents in the race. Check out db4tn.com.
While Tennessee favors conservative politicians, it may be time to consider throwing off the old ways and taking a close look outside the two major parties, including outside the GOP. There are plenty of independents in this year's race for the third district. I hope the press will take the time to draw them more into the spotlight and offer the voters a broader choice of viewpoints. In particular, finding an independent who is not more right than the republicans (or more left than the democrats) could serve our nation's interests well.