A Cary neurosurgeon-turned-software-entrepreneur-turned-closet-Libertarian-turned-Republican named William "BJ" Lawson is jumping into the 4th district race with a flurry of contradictions that would be baffling to any careful observer. In case you're not up to speed on the 4th district, Lawson will have to take out Orange County GOP Chairman Augustus Cho for the honor of getting his butt kicked by Congressman David Price.
From his own website:
My name is B.J. Lawson, and I am running for Congress as a Republican to restore a Constitutional federal government. Washington must balance its budget, stop serving corporate interests, and allow us to prosper as free, entrepreneurial Americans instead of dividing us into special interest groups that fight each other for government handouts.
As a freakin' Republican? Now I know why the guy still goes by the nickname "BJ" even though his name is William T. Lawson? What the heck has BJ been smoking? Stop serving corporate interests . . . as a Republican? Restore a constitutional federal government . . . as a Republican? But have no fear, BJ is a uniter, not a divider. That's why he's at odds with two-thirds of Americans who don't want to see abortion made illegal. You see, BJ is a "life begins at conception" kind of guy who wants to pull us all into his precious little tent.
There's more, but it's all just a bunch of free-market double-talk. Which raises the real question: Why isn't Lawson running as the Libertarian he really is/ Could it be because he knows a Libertarian can't win anything in North Carolina? You can find out more about the guy at his old blog, which, if nothing else, reveals Lawson's alignment with the lunatic fringe's hero-du-jour, Ron Paul.
The way I see it, BJ's chances of beating Cho are excellent. Republican primary voters will spring for anybody with a boatload of money. But the chances of a pro-life isolationist who wants to disband public education winning the hearts and minds of the 4th district seem pretty close to non-existent. He probably won't even carry Cary.
(And wait till you see his reading list.)
Hat tip to the Dome