February 13, 2012

REASON: Meet Richard Mack, the Oath Keeper Running Against SOPA Author Lamar Smith: How a state’s rights conservative became an ally to the tech industry.

Mack isn’t opposed just to SOPA, but a slew of other acronyms that Smith has supported: TARP, NDAA, the PATRIOT Act. The former Graham County, Arizona sheriff announced he would run against Smith in the 21st District’s GOP primary back in December, but his profile didn’t blow up until this past Sunday, when the social media giant Reddit christened him the anti-Smith, and promoted his Ask Me Anything (AMA) question-and-answer session on the Reddit homepage. . . .

By Reddit standards, the thread was a success. Many Reddit users seemed to agree that an ObamaCare opponent who also opposed SOPA was better than the ObamaCare opponent who wrote SOPA. After Mack laid out his opposition to the drug war, the PATRIOT Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act, one user wrote, “I hope you are not talking out of your ass, because I like you.”

“No, I am sitting on it,” Mack replied minutes later.

SOPA is just an entry point for Mack’s campaign against federal overreach. “Lamar Smith has been a tax, borrow, and spend Republican, who has tried to increase the powers of D.C. with SOPA, TARP, and increasing the debt ceiling,” Mack said. “His vote for NDAA gave more power to President Obama than all the Democrats put together.”

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