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: http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/44874/
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?