Idaho’s bizarre gubernatorial debate is not to be missed (video)

Idaho had a fascinating GOP gubernatorial primary debate the other night between “a cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker and a normal guy.”

I suppose you could call it a celebration of democracy. Here are the two more interesting characters:

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And here are a few short Vines from one of the candidates, Harley Brown.

In this first one, Brown explains how God had a prophet from Africa hand him a signed document proving that God was going to make him President, and how Brown was going to use this document to prove his detractors wrong:

Brown goes on to explain that after God said he was going to make Brown president, Brown went out and got some presidential seal tatoos:

And apparently Brown has a few restraining orders against him, which he’s happy to talk about:

Here are the closing arguments of the two fun guys.


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(Video courtesy of Dave Weigel over at Slate)


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  • doug105

    http://www.towleroad.com/2014/

    Strangely enough seems to be the only one out of the group.

    Despite frequent use of slurs and blue language (which appeared to stem from ignorance rather than hate, but still necessitated that the debate be on a 30 second delay), Brown shattered some misconceptions by coming out as very pro-gay and pro-gay marriage. When speaking about the striking down of Idaho’s gay marriage ban, Brown said:

    I’ve picked up my fair share of the gay community [as a cab driver in Boise] and they have true love for one another. I’m telling you, they love each other more than I love my motorcycle. You know, they’re just as American as a Medal of Honor winner…I’m glad that judge made that decision…I know I’m not really talking like a Republican.

  • GarColga

    The primary isn’t until Tuesday, but the likely Democratic candidate will be A.J. Balukoff. I don’t think he has much of a chance. Idaho will turn blue again someday.

  • GarColga

    Not very likely. Harley Brown has run for various offices at least a dozen times and has never gotten more than 4% of the vote.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    You’re right. I don’t see this as any different than the freak show that is the likes of David Vitter, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry… they just have better publicists. Crazy is crazy.

  • Drew2u

    We may laugh, but who is the candidate on the Democratic ticket, and does that person stand a chance in Idaho?

  • pappyvet

    Oh My Graar. Wheeze…chortle…snort….massive knee trembling cackles with uncontrolled farts

  • basenjilover

    Yup… they can count on votes from Northern Idaho home to white supremacist (Adamic White Aryans and neo nazis).

  • The_Fixer

    Good Godfrey, I hate Vines. Another way to ruin the Internet.

    Considering the candidates we’ve had in the recent past, is Harley Brown really all that out of the ordinary? Before you answer that, think about Michele Bachmann.

  • Indigo

    Meds are for people who have insurance. That crowd doesn’t strike me as the type that want insurance.

  • Indigo

    I miss Jesse Ventura. His conspiracy theories are well worked out and, what’s more, if he were to produce a writ from God, he’d be sure it was notarized.

  • BlueIdaho

    These idiots are a laugh a minute. The sad reality is that they will get quite a few votes from the rural areas of the state.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Just a little bit more obvious of shit show than DC.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    To be fair, the difference between Harley Brown waving a piece of paper as proof that God wants him to be governor and Lil’ Georgie Bush saying that he felt that God wanted him to run for President is a different in degree only, not in kind.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I guess someone is off their meds.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    “— drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.”

    Sorry, but I had to finish your statement.

  • bkmn

    1. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.
    2. If god is talking to you, you might need help.

  • Bret C

    This is the best thing EVER! I’m popping popcorn and going to watch it again. This is today’s GOP. HaHaHaHa!

  • SallyH

    Good Grief! Fit for SNL.

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