This isn’t as juicy a story as Kay Hagan‘s Senate seat opponent in North Carolina. But it’s still interesting.
Pete Stark (D-CA) won his district handily this week, making him the first openly non-theistic person to be elected to Congress.
As for Stark’s opponent? Barely made a blip on the scene:
Raymond Chui didn’t even know that Esquire Magazine had endorsed his effort to unseat Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, until I e-mailed him weeks after the magazine hit the stands. Chui, a Republican whose family emigrated from Hong Kong to America when he was 15, clearly is pouring more energy into his job as an insurance agent than his quixotic quest to enter the House of Representatives.
Chui told me that he has never run before for office, but decided to pay the $1,552 filing fee and throw his hat in the ring, because, “To be honest, just because nobody else was doing it, and I can’t believe it.” How can the Republican Party not put up an opponent? he asked.
Daily Kos also has a poll asking “Should it matter if someone is non-theist and running for office?”
Not surprisingly (on that site), “No” is crushing the other options. But we might as well make that number as close to 100% as possible!