Independent candidates

B. Thomas Marking, the independent candidate for the state’s House seat, says he is the man in the middle of two fringe opponents. That’s how he sees it, anyway.

The Custer man, a former Foreign Service worker, says he is the moderate in the race. He sees Noem on the far right and Herseth Sandlin as, at least privately, on the far left.

Marking has some, well, unique ideas. He expressed his view in this story:

While Marking has far less money and a much lower public profile compared to Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, the Democratic incumbent, and state Rep. Kristi Noem, the Republican candidate, he says he can win this election. Marking said he needs a deluge of media coverage to bring his case to the public, and it wouldn’t hurt if one of his opponents "self-destructed," he said.

Pointing to the strange case of Alvin Greene, the virtually unknown Democratic candidate for Senate in South Carolina, Marking says it’s a strange election year. How weird would it have to get for him to win this seat?

Are you considering him? Have you ever voted for an independent? Why or why not?

6 thoughts on “Independent candidates

  1. I know B. Thomas Marking and I support his effort as an Independent candidate for U.S. House.

    What we read, hear, and watch every day is a litany of extremes. Vituperative rhetoric on both the left and right drown out the vast majority of the middle ground. The craftsman of compromise – the moderate, well-grounded individual who can appreciate both sides of a debate and find a reasonable bridge to accomplish something positive for the public – is drowned in a sea of partisan bickering.

    Marking, as an Independent, can be one of the craftsmen of compromise. Owing no allegiance to either popular party he will be able to do what men and women in Congress should invariably do – find the right solution to thorny problems for the greater good of America, not for the benefit of a particular party’s position or platform.

    You don’t think partisanship has created problems? A century ago – August 31, 1910, to be exact – former President Theodore Roosevelt presented a speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, outlining what eventually became “New Nationalism” and the theme of his 1912 independent campaign for President. You can find a copy at

    Roosevelt’s comments in 1910 echo the trials of 2010 – corporate influence on politics, energy policy, conservation, concentration of wealth, honest pay for honest work, unemployment, and national security – to name just a few. A century of partisan politics has left us with the same litany of unsolved problems and unresolved concerns.

    Political process based on party affiliation has left us back where we were 100 years ago.

    Isn’t time for a change?

  2. I have an “independent” streak, although I’m not an “Independent.” I consider the candidates, then make a decision. I find myself angry that the Mitchell debate will not include all three candidates, and incredulous at the explanation given by TDR’s publisher and more than a little amused by the circular logic to justify its decision.

  3. Jim Taylor raises some good points. I can’t help but wonder, however, if the political process forsakes party affiliation that things might be more chaotic than ever. What we need are more grownups in the political process, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
    With party discipline giving way to the extremes in both major parties, it’s very frustrating to watch.
    So, is it time for a change? As long as that change is for more mature, honest Republicans, Democrats and Independents who are willing to do the people’s business in a constructive way, then I’d have to say: Yes!

  4. What are you guys going to do if he shows up? Have him escorted away by the police?

    I think it’s crap he’s not “allowed” to debate. Hell, the man put himself in the position to be on a ballot and your little paper decides he’s not worthy enough. Your paper needs a good censoring.

  5. Democracy is in trouble when we let a single individual or newspaper decides who gets to participate in a public forum, especially when that forum is co-sponsored by a city which is supported with tax dollars and held at a public arena. Remember, he’s on the ballot. Let the people decide.

    Simply irresponsible, in my opinion.

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