So you've become famous for making a prank call that embarrassed Scott Walker and exposed how easy it is for some influence-peddlers to grab an audience with a prominent lawmaker. What do you do for an encore? If you're the Buffalo Beast's Ian Murphy, you run for the open seat left by Rep. Chris Lee, New York's most Craiglist-sexing congressman!
Roll Call's Steve Peoples reports that this may actually be happening:
Murphy is likely to capture the the Green Party ballot line, state Green Party co-chairman Peter LaVenia told Roll Call on Wednesday.
"The local out in western New York has talked to a number of different candidates, and they forwarded the recommendation," LaVenia said. Murphy "was the only one that they came to the conclusion represents Green values ... and is willing to change his registration to Green and run as a Green."
LaVenia said the state party is expected to finalize its endorsement by the end of the week. The special election is scheduled for May 24.
Murphy's obviously a long shot. As Peoples notes, GOP nominee Jane Corwin is the heavy favorite. But Murphy might have an opportunity to raise some stakes by injecting some of his activism on behalf of Wisconsin's public sector employees into a race on his home turf.
If nothing else, Murphy could run on a platform of constantly prank-calling fellow Buffalonian and anger-management candidate Carl Paladino, because how much fun would that be?