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April 03, 2015


Stephen Spiker

A few things:

1) Having a primary is not "rigging the system".

2) There are a myriad of reasons why people might not elect to challenge an incumbent in a primary. First and foremost, many incumbents properly represent their constituencies. I believe in competition as much as you do, but there's no way in hell I'd primary Rich Anderson. What would I even run on?

3) It makes perfect logical sense why incumbents receive support--they are a proven agent and a known quantity. And by nature of having won an election before, they clearly have some idea of how to campaign, not to mention support within a district.

4) I don't favor any effort to restrict the manner in which people support the candidate of their choice--even if that person is an incumbent. You talk about free market, but for every Playstation/Xbox competition, there's a Coca-Cola. Just because RC can't break into that market doesn't mean that there isn't a free market.

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