03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

4'9" Senate Candidate With Hook Launches TV Ads

Harper's magazine's Scott Horton writes, "One of the more unconventional races in the country this year may pit Democratic challenger Steve Novick against a distinguished Republican incumbent, Gordon Smith, for a U.S. Senate seat in Oregon. It wouldn't be hard to pick out Novick: he's 4'9" and has a steel hook in place of a left hand. And rather than view these traits as handicaps, the resilient, relentlessly upbeat Novick has made them his hallmark."

Check out Novick's website here, and watch his latest ads: