GOP Primary Candidate Uses Cringy Comic to Play Smashmouth Politics in Arizona


The Phoenix New Times told of a comic published by a Republican candidate in Arizona that was intended to criticize another from the same party, and it may be for the wrong reasons:


There’s a new supervillain in town, and he’s terrorizing the people of Arizona.

At least that’s the case according to new campaign literature coming from Elijah Norton, a political newcomer and entrepreneur from Scottsdale seeking to unseat U.S. Representative David Schweikert in this year’s Republican primary. […]

Nearly one in three households in the reliably Republican district will receive a comic book in the mail this week from Norton’s campaign.

Like in Superman or X-Men, this graphic depicts the dealings of a supervillain. But it’s not Lex Luthor or Magneto. It’s Shady Schweikert, a besmirched caricature of the incumbent congressman clad in an orange jumpsuit and blue baby bonnet.

Through six pages of sequential storytelling, Shady Schweikert accepts illegal campaign contributions and writes himself a fake loan, blowing the cash on first-class flights, tickets to the Super Bowl, and fancy dinners.

He’s ridiculed by prominent Democrats and Republicans, including the rest of Arizona’s Republican congressional delegation: Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, and Debbie Lesko. Then the cartoon shows him getting thrown in a jail cell. All the while, a star-spangled Uncle Sam slowly changes his opinion of the sixth-term congressman from skeptical naïveté to one of total disdain, ultimately deeming the miscreant “corrupt.”


From what I know about Schweikert, he’s an opponent of illegal immigration, and a Trump supporter, so this suggests Norton’s attacking him for unjust reasons, and the weekly’s making a big deal out of this comic special of Norton’s simply because his policies coincide with theirs. In that case, it’s a shame the medium’s being exploited by a potential pseudo-conservative for the sake of bringing down a real deal whose positions are sincere.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1