CA U. S. Senate candidate wants to fistfight Koch brothers

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 0:28 AM

S. Senate race in nearly a quarter-century hasn’t precisely been the barn burner some predicted when Barbara Boxer decided to step away. There have been momentary bursts of awareness, centered primarily on the leading Democrats, Attorney Common Kamala Harris and Rep.

CA U. S. Senate candidate wants to fistfight Koch brothers

California’s first open U. S. Senate race in nearly a quarter-century hasn’t precisely been the barn burner some predicted when Barbara Boxer decided to step away.

There have been momentary bursts of awareness, centered primarily on the leading Democrats, Attorney Common Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange. But who could hope to compete with the bonkers presidential contest, led by the showmanship and unorthodox political approach of Donald Trump?

Surely not Mike Beitiks, a little-known Senate candidate and environmental activist in San Francisco whose latest stab at recognition involved praising Harris, Sanchez and Republican Duf Sundheim – all people he'd rather not die because federal executive are failing to defend the planet from climate change.

This week, Beitiks, a 32-year-old attorney, surfer and father of two, upped the comedy quotient with a in which he “reluctantly” offers to fistfight billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch, aged seventy-five and eighty, who he says pay large sums of money to successfully thwart climate change legislation.

Beitiks has a few rules, the primary one being the Koch brothers aren't allowed to pay someone else to fight him. They also should consent to the match.

“This is strictly a gentleman’s challenge,” he said. “A possible solution for this little ‘federal-legislators-are-doing-nothing-to-protect-my-children-from-climate-change-in-large-part-because-of-you-and-your-money’ kerfuffle that’s arrive up between us. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Beitiks doesn’t shy far from the fact that his long-shot (longer, really) campaign is designed to draw attention to fighting climate change.

“I have two youthful children who'll grow up in the world I leave them,” he added. “I could number longer stand by and do nothing as our federal legislators stand by and do nothing. Someone, even me, has to do something in the face of a challenge that literally determines the future of human life on this planet. Even if that something is this stupid.”

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