Friday, September 3, 2010
62nd Legislative District Challenger, Richard T. Longoria de Voltair, Is Just Waiting For You to Die Off If You Don't Agree With Him
The Daily Herald looked today at the 62nd Legislative District race between incumbent GOP candidate Sandy Cole, and Dem challenger Rich Voltair, on the issue of the legalization of gay marriage.
Cole, who some have asserted is pretty liberal for a Republican, nevertheless has staked out a fairly conservative stance on the issue, opposing not only gay marriage but civil unions. Cole bases her stand in part on the viewpoint of her constituents, who she says have shown through extensive polling that they are against both, although she notes that support for civil unions tends to be gaining (but still not a majority in her district).
Newcomer Voltair (full name Richard T. Longoria de Voltair), on the other hand, zealously supports gay marriage, and thinks that anyone who doesn't support it is some kind of troglodyte.
The arguments against gay marriage are "absurd," Voltair told the Herald.
"As a 32-year old, I hold views that are consistent with my age group," he said. "These views represent the future and it is only a matter of time before the previous generation expires and our generation takes over."
Ha ha. The notion that any age demographic should have a totally consistent view of an issue simply because of their age shows either a hopelessly shallow understanding of constituent viewpoints, or simply someone who can't see beyond his own ideology to consider anyone else's opinion. Neither is a good trait for a wanna-be state legislator. For someone who has a Ph.D. in PolySci from the University of Maryland, that doesn't show a real keen understanding of politics.
Interestingly, despite his impassioned defense of gay marriage as noted in the Herald article, it's not a topic listed under the "Issues" button on Voltair's campaign website. rather, Voltair focuses on deficit reduction, campaign finance reform, property tax reform, and Second Amendment gun ownership rights. Sounds almost like a Republican.
So, overall, I guess that means if you don't agree with Voltair, you must be a fossil, and he's just waiting for you and your outdated views on life to fade away. He obviously has no interest in considering or representing viewpoints that differ from his own.
ALSO - Voltair has a gigantic "Stop Corruption" sign on his website. Um, isn't he running as a Democrat? How's he going to stop corruption in the General Assembly by going down and doing everything Mike Madigan tells him to? Little wonder that Voltair is clearly not emphasizing the fact that he's the Democratic nominee.
BONUS QUESTION for inquiring minds - why does Voltair wear long-sleeved shirts on hot parade days: