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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rush & Darling

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Move over, Georgia: There’s a new craziest primary in the 2014 midterms.

Earlier this week, SaintPetersBlog reported a hilarious and disturbing story on Jake Rush, a conservative attorney challenging freshman U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho for the Republican nomination in Florida’s 3rd congressional district. According to the report, Rush is a longtime member of the Mind’s Eye Society, “a nationwide community of gothic-punk role players who come together to take on personas of vampires and other supernatural beings (known as Kindred), dealing with night-to-night struggles ‘against their own bestial natures, hunters, and each other.'”

A role-playing past is nothing to disqualify a candidate from office in itself, but the actual details of Rush’s experience with the Mind’s Eye Society — some of which are shared here — seriously call his real-world persona as a conservative, family-values straight-shooter into question.

Of course, his opponent in the Republican primary has his share of past controversies as well. When it comes to extreme eccentricity, it’s hard to beat Congressman Ted Yoho.

What follows is a brief comparison of some of Rush and Yoho’s greatest hits, and a question: Which candidate for House in FL-3 is weirder?

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    And the Republican Party claims to be the “normal” ones!

    • plc97477

      That is one of the most humorous parts of the gop. If they weren’t so dangerous they would be comical.

  • Sue Copening

    I’m a Democrat, and don’t usually defend a Republican. But Jake Rush is being “attacked” for what millions of people do across our country… engage in role-playing and gaming.

    Do I think people that engage in war reenactments are wasting time? Sure. People who sit for hours a day in front of their computer playing games? Sure… but ALL ENTERTAINMENT and hobbies are considered a waste of time (and often silly) for those not interested in them.

    Rush is a member of a gaming group that raises MONEY FOR CHARITY. They have figured out how to take peoples hobbies and turn them into something that does good for other people. How is that a bad thing?

    Rush has been involved in theatre (including Church plays) from a young age. As someone who was also raised in the theatre (by an obsessed Mom), I have seen how the theatre helps people, who might otherwise be shy and lack social skills, to come out of their shell. They gain confidence and this helps them in many areas of their life going forward… especially if they want to go into politics.

    I would probably disagree with Rush’s stance on almost EVERY issue, however this attack by Yoho is simply dirty politics… and says MORE about Yoho’s character than anything else.

    • Sue Copening

      And, yes, I get that some of Rush’s “alter egos” have posted things that might be distasteful or politically incorrect. Role playing is ACTING. I wouldn’t have dinner with Hannibal Lecter, but I’d jump at the chance to dine with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

      • Joe Gawel

        So you’re saying that there’s no relationship between Rush’s personality and that of one of his alter egos, Chazz Darling, who wrote this: “At first I thought you were just stupid and I wanted to stick my d— in your mouth to shut you up while I snorted a line off my new machete that was blessed by Rui (sic) but then I remembered that you were typing so my d— would really have to be in your hands to keep you from typing. . . ”

        I think you’re being either too charitable or naïve.

        • Allan Richardson

          I don’t have enough information about that to be sure, but it is disturbing that many voters will vote for him BECAUSE they assume his actual personality is that of the vampires he plays (just as many voted for Reagan because they assumed he really was the tough cowboy, or tough marine, or tough football coach, they had seen in his movies). But this is worse than Reagan because it shows there are voters who WOULD vote for vampires if they existed!

          • Sand_Cat

            You mean Bush and Cheney weren’t vampires?

          • plc97477

            I think we could find enough proof to make a good argument.

          • Sue Copening

            They probably wore their costumes under their clothes. Changed in the Oval Office private lavatory.

          • Sue Copening

            Ha! Funny… though I hope that’s not true… aaak! To think that people would vote for him because of the characters is just weird.

          • Allan Richardson

            But how else do you explain Ronald Raygun? Who, by the way, delivered a SCATHING radio message criticizing the Republicans for leaving the working man (today we would say person), and praising Harry Truman and the Democrats for protecting middle class families, AND endorsing Hubert Humphrey for his first Senate term … in 1948!

            He claimed that the reason he switched parties was because the Democratic Party changed, not Ronald. But Google “reagan 1948 humphrey” to read or hear this recently uncovered speech, and you can see that Reagan abandoned his principles and went over to the Dark Side of the Force. He was even at one time President of the Screen Actors Guild, a LABOR UNION, and later hated all unions.

        • Sue Copening

          “a relationship between him and the characters?” I’m sure that is what his opponent WANTS people to believe and why he is using this as a smear tactic.

          Sure, perhaps, but just as likely not. There is no way for us to know… only his personal friends would know if he’s really a super nice guy, or a total d*bag. I’m just saying that THIS story doesn’t help us determine that at all.

          The thing is… a lot of “introverted” type people, often very brainy, are drawn to these types of online role playing games. Personally, I think they are a waste of time, but for many, they really do help with developing self confidence and, even people skills.

          If you read this guys entire bio, charity work, church going, etc., he comes across as a nice enough guy. For me, as a progressive… his ties to the TeaParty and his church are more scary than a vampire costume and some stage makeup.

        • Sue Copening

          “quote” … While rather disgusting… That’s actually very clever… and funny. Remember, these games are often played completely “tongue in cheek” – each player trying to outdo the other for being most witty, disgusting, evil, funny, etc.

          They are also played with a small group, with no expectation that the world is going to be looking over your shoulder and judging your every word out of context.

          I say things in jest with my BFF, or my boyfriend, that i’d NEVER say in front of other people. Context.

    • stcroixcarp

      Which charities benefit from the money raised by Rush? Not all 501c3 organizations are charitable.

  • jointerjohn

    Today’s republicans believe the earth is only 6000 years old, climate change is a hoax, tax cuts given to the rich come cascading down as prosperity to all of us and women’s bodies won’t conceive when raped. These guys aren’t weird, they are republicans.

  • jointerjohn

    We have seen the dangers of having “role players” in government before, or am I the only one who remembers the Reagan Administration.

    • Allan Richardson

      Why was the U.S. like McDonald’s in the 1980s? Because both were run by a clown named Ronald!

  • JSquercia

    A vampire is the PERFECT persona for Ta Baggers they are BOTH Soulless Blood Sucking creatures without an ounce of Humanity

  • Sand_Cat

    The citizens of FL 3 clearly deserve both of these lunatics, as demonstrated by their election of one of them already.