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"If I shave this off," (he) said, "people would say, 'What else is he going to change to be governor?' I'm not changing anything to be governor. I am what I am."
If I didn't know better, I'd swear this article was about Rupert Boneham. It's not, though. The article is about Democratic candidate John Gregg, who has decided to embrace his mustache as a trademark of his campaign, even including it in his new campaign logo.
In fact, the article conspicuously fails to mention that Rupert Boneham is even a candidate in the Indiana Governor's race.
|Gregg's Campaign Logo|
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But Schneider fails to include Rupert's name in any way as a candidate for 2012 Governor. Boneham's absence from the article is especially notable since Schneider spends a significant portion of her article discussing Gregg's unwillingness to get rid of his facial hair. Boneham - whose candidacy has brought national and international news stories - also has trademark facial hair that he has stated he will not get rid of.
Both candidates have obviously received pressure to do so.
In most races, I don't get to wrapped up in the fact that Libertarian candidates get ignored in media articles. Often, the Libertarian candidates are poorly funded and do little campaigning. When a Libertarian candidate steps outside of that typical circle, though, they are just as worthy of coverage as any other candidate.
This is especially the case with Rupert Boneham. He is on the path to running a well-funded, high-profile campaign. For the Star to already begin heading down the path of failing to mention him goes beyond normal oversight of a Libertarian. It is simply poor and sloppy journalism.