A real Schmuck runs for the Arizona Legislature

By Amy Silverman

A lot of assholes have run for public office in Arizona -- many have even won -- but here's a new one: a real Schmuck.

No, really. Check out this guy's campaign sign. The picture was taken, literally, from a moving car, with a camera phone, but you'll get the idea:


That's Captain Schmuck to you, apparently. According to his Web site, Frank Schmuck, a Republican, is a Persian Gulf veteran and airline pilot who volunteers for a long list of local charities.

Not sure the last name will be an asset, but hey, stranger things have happened in Arizona politics.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.