Republican Tim Murray lost his primary challenge to Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., on Tuesday by a whopping 78-point margin, but he's not letting that stop him. Life is full of setbacks, after all. The truly wise use them as an opportunity for creative thinking.
Now, Murray has settled on an intrepid new argument: the real Frank Lucas was publicly hanged in Ukraine in 2011, he said this week, and Lucas' body double has been impersonating the congressman ever since.
"It is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike," Murray wrote on his campaign website. "Rep. Frank Lucas, and a few other Oklahoma and other States' Congressional Members were depicted as being executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine. On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses."
"We know that it is possible to use look alike artificial or manmade replacements," he added, "however Rep. Lucas was not eligible to serve as a Congressional Member after that time."
Murray also mused at length about what the government might want with his and Lucas' DNA.
"I am contesting that this matter has happen [sic] since his election was blocked, because of the U.S. Defense Department's use of Mr. Murray's DNA," he wrote. "To my knowledge, the U.S. Defense Department has not released to the public that information, as it is their confidential information about many people. Congress is likely wanting me to state that all my DNA used will not result in benefits to people I have never had relations with of a family nature. I have been bound to protect that information unless it causes harm to The People."
Murray said he would formally file a petition to protest the primary election results, but a spokesman with the Oklahoma State Election Board told the Huffington Post no such petition has been received.
Lucas, for his part, said it was "kind of a shock to read that you're not you."
"I've never been to Ukraine," he told KFOR-TV. "Many things have been said about me, said to me during course of my campaigns. This is the first time I've ever been accused of being a body double or a robot."