A Chandler defense lawyer who helped his client beat a serious marijuana charge says he probably will run for Republican Jon Kyl's soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat, running as a Libertarian.
On July 2, attorney Marc J. Victor's client, 53-year-old, Maria Carillo-Tremillo was found not guilty of knowingly transporting 83 pounds of marijuana from Douglas to Phoenix. The court ruled that she unwittingly participated in the transport of the pot, stashed in hidden compartments of the van she was driving, according to Victor.
A champion of libertarianism and head of his own Chandler-based law firm, Victor believes that neither Carillo-Tremillo nor anyone else involved in a drug possession case should have to face serious criminal punishment.
He believes that the war on drugs must end and that the government must stop infringing on the freedoms of Americans. That's why he plans on making a run for the U.S. Senate.
"The government shouldn't be people's mommies and daddies and protect them from the cradle to grave," Victor tells New Times.
Victor says Americans should have ultimate say over what they do with their bodies so long as others aren't harmed in the process, like the American pastimes of drug use and prostitution. He says he will not veer from his stance during his campaign.
"I don't kiss babies, and I don't kiss butts," he said. "I'm going out there to talk about freedom and talk about the issues."
The only Libertarian candidate officially entered in the Senate race, Sheila Bilyeu, is no longer running, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's website.
The last Libertarian candidate to run for a Senate seat in Arizona, the late David Nolan, garnered 4.7 percent of the vote in 2010, in his attempt to take Senator John McCain's seat.
To say Victor is a long-shot would be an understatement, but he said his primary goal is to get his message out. Anyone who loves freedom will love his message, he says.
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As far as his strategy against opposing candidates -- like Republican Congressman Jeff Flake -- well, Victor hasn't really thought about that yet.
"I don't really know, and I don't really care what his policies are," he says.
Victor doesn't care much for the policies of virtually any politician. He cites Ron Paul and Thomas Jefferson -- during his first term as president -- as the only politicians in U.S. history whose policies truly embody American values of freedom and democracy.