Certain conspiracy-addled commentators want you to know that scary Kenyan Socialists are secretly plotting to overthrow America as you read this newspaper. In the face of such panic, surely no Socialist would be brazen enough to run for office — especially here in heartland Ohio.
Enter Dan La Botz, a mild-mannered elementary school Spanish teacher from Cincinnati. He’s running against Democrat Lee Fisher and Republican Rob Portman for the U.S. Senate seat under the banner of the Socialist Party U.S.A.
La Botz has been a lefty activist since the late ’60s, most recently working on immigration issues. He decided to run because of the economic crisis and the Tea Party response to it, as well as the attacks on Obama for being a Socialist.