Will it be father vs. son for Congress?

The New York Times reports on an unusual race taking shape in the race for the Congressional seat that is being vacated by Representative Vito J. Fossella of Staten Island.

The Republican candidate is Francis H. Powers, 68. The Libertarian candidate may be Francis M. Powers, 47—he first has to win the LP nomination over another candidate. “M” is the son of “H.”

The Times quotes “M” on the sticky family situation:

“This is not a personal thing regarding my father,” said Fran Powers, a carpenter who also plays mandolin, guitar and keyboards with the band he leads, Box of Crayons. “This is a way for me to forward and highlight the Libertarian Party platform. I’m for a strong defense and noninvasive foreign policy as well as personal freedoms. You know, the Libertarian line.”

The Times also notes:

The prospect of two candidates named Francis Powers in the race troubles many Republicans. It could also confuse voters, no doubt one of the party’s worries. Yet that is of little concern to Fran Powers.

“I don’t see any problem with both of us being in the race,” he said. “But it’s something I feel I had to do. As a regular Joe, it’s hard to get your voice heard. For better or worse, I’m getting name recognition now and I can use it now. And I can help Staten Island and Brooklyn to get away from the two-party system and do something new.”

One Response to “Will it be father vs. son for Congress?”

  1. Jim Lesczynski Says:

    You’re a day late. There’s a follow-up in today’s Times reporting that we selected a different candidate at our nominating convention last night:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/10/nyregion/10fossella.html

    We also nominated several other fine Libertarians:

    http://serfcity.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/manhattan-libertarians-select-their-standard-bearers-for-2008/

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