Michael Shaw

Republican Michael Shaw was the very last candidate to sign up for Project White House, but he’s gotten more press than many of the other candidates because he made a speech as Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer held a lottery to determine ballot order.

According the East Valley Tribune’s Paul Giblin:

The best political speech I’ve heard in some time was delivered by Republican presidential candidate Michael P. Shaw, who wore sunglasses and a T-shirt that read “Geek Squad” to a public event at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

State elections officials, campaign workers and a number of reporters had gathered at the Capitol to watch Secretary of State Jan Brewer conduct a drawing to determine the order that the names of Arizona’s 48 official candidates will appear ballots for the presidential preference election is Feb. 5.

Shaw was one of two presidential candidates who attended the drawing. He stayed afterward as a press conference broke out. Shaw watched the Q&A session for a while, then objected quite strongly when I asked Brewer whether she thought political pranksters had juked the system to get their names on the official ballots.

I included part of Shaw’s speech in the paper. Here’s the whole rant.

“I have a question: How much experience do you think the Congress and President Bush have? They have a lot of experience and they’ve ran the country into the ground,” Shaw said.

“So this guy asking the question, it was really directed toward me. Why am I here? I’m here to represent the ’hood, because nobody else is representing the ’hood. And Bush and everyone else who’s got all the experience – all the experience – have run the country into the ground! It’s like the
Valdez oil spill. And that’s what the country’s turning into,” Shaw said.

“That’s why I’m here, sir, because I can do a better job than what’s being done right now, sir! So that question you had asked, sir, was to me, sir! And I’m here because I am a registered voter, sir. I voted for Bush two times in the past eight years. I’ve been a Republican for 10 years, 17 years in Homeland Security, 10 years as a truck driver. Street credibility is insurmountable, sir!” he said.

“And that’s why I’m here, because I worked from the bottom and worked my way up. I’m not going to start at the top and work my way down,” he said.

At that point, Shaw pushed his chair away from a table in the crowded conference room, striking the knees of a man sitting behind him. “Hey man, you just lost my vote!” the other man said.

“I didn’t know I had votes,” Shaw responded. “I didn’t come here for votes. I came here represent the hood.” He apologized to the other man and left the room.

It should be noted that while it was my question that set off Shaw, the presidential candidate directed his rant toward Capitol Media Services reporter Howard Fischer, who wasn’t even standing that close to me when I asked the question.

Fischer politely took notes.

7 Responses

  1. yes and thankyou forthe compliment we havn’t even started to rock and roll yet baby

  2. Noble cause. Terrible campaign strategy.

  3. don’t count me out yet jim of the tuson weekly, super tuedays was the kick off to my campaign see jim it’s called on the streets or in the hood (don’t no suka’s live here) or better yet (opm) other peoples money,i went to iowa meet bill clinton in in mike hukabee’s office,i got national attention,at the causes throwing up westside in front of millions te des moine police and swat,i only spent travel fees at getnd got a 100,000,000 of coverage for free i know how how the racist tv media will be heading in to a federal district presded by the honor judge EARL H. CARROL

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  5. OBAMA I AM A AFRO-AMERICAN ON THE GOP SIDE HOPING TO GET THE VICE PRESIDENT NOD FROM
    JOHN MCCAIN HERE IS A LITTLE NOTE TO YOU,IF ANYBODY IS GOING TO GET THE BLACK VOTE AND LATINO VOTE THE WILL BE JOHN MCCAIN AND MYSELF AS WELL AS THE VOTERS WHO HAS EVER BEEN A VICTIM OF POVERTY YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT STRUGGLE,JOHN MCCAIN WAS A POW AND IS A WAR HERO,I AM A SURVIVOR OF THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELES SIR YOU GREW UP IN THE SUBURBS YOU HAVE NO TIES AND DISTANCE FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY,TO PULL TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ PREMATURE IS AN ABOMINATION TO PAT TILLMAN AND LORY PESTEWA AND ALL THE OTHER FALLEN SOLDIERS,AND TO HILLARY CLINTON YOU RAN YOUR CAMPAIGN ON ARROGANCE AND ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS OF THAT WE DON’T NEED JOHN MCCAIN AND MICHAEL P SHAW IS HERE AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR THE RIGHT REASON AT THIS POINT IN HISTORY TO STABLIZE THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.YET WE BOTH NEED CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONTNUE TE COURSE THAT W AS NEW LEADERS OF A RENNOVATIVE AMERICA OBAMA WE DON’T NEED CHANGE,HILLARY WE DON’T NEED HOPE,MICHAELPSHAW HAS A PLAN READY TO BE SET IN MOTON TODAY THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH AMERICA,JUST THE POLITICIANS THAT RUN AMERICA,STAND DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. BREAKING NEWS; MICHAEL P. SHAW HAS LEFT THE
    REPUBLICAN PARTY TO BECOME THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBERTARIAN CANADATE FOR THE 2008 ELECTION IF YOU WAT TO DONATE PLEASE GO TO MY WEBSITE.

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