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Man Who Set Himself On Fire A Republican?

John on January 2, 2007 at 2:01 pm

His name is Kirk Alan Sunderman. He’s a 31 year old student at Cal State Bakersfield. According to his mother:

He’s a very sweet person. He just has a strong opinion.

The Californian story linked above notes that he had written letters to the editor before, at least two of which were published. One of them had to do with his concern about relocating the court house because it could become a target for terrorism. That’s what Joe Rago would call irony.

Here’s where it gets a bit weird and a bit sketchy. It appears Kirk was also the Students for Nader Campus Coordinator at Bakersfield College. The name, age and location are all right. If this is indeed the same Kirk Sunderman, here’s what he had to say:

I support Ralph Nader because I have been a longtime admirer of his. I can remember first learning of him and his efforts as a child in the 1980′s. I have always respected and admired what he stands for.

As a 29 year old Log Cabin Republican and college student, I believe Mr. Nader’s stances most accurately represent my values, interests, and views. His tireless work on behalf of the American people, and indeed, the people of all the World are awe-inspiring to say the least.

His consumer and workers rights victories have both saved and improved the lives of so many, just as his environmental campaigns have also surely done. His campaign for the presidency of our great nation is a much welcomed continuation of that often thankless, ill-regarded, and even dangerous work. I AM PROUD TO WORK ON BEHALF OF RALPH NADER FOR PRESIDENT AND WILL BE ENTHUSIASTICALLY CASTING MY VOTE HIM AND PETER CAMEJO ON NOVEMBER 2.

[Note: that the page linked above contains an e-mail address and phone number. I don't know if they are still in use, but please do not contact Kirk. Seriously.]

I don’t know why a “Log Cabin Republican” would support Nader much less set himself on fire, but there it is on Nader’s site. Something tells me Kirk is a very complex (i.e. confused) person. He is recovering in the burn unit of University Medical Center in Fresno and appears to have a good prognosis. At some point, maybe he’ll explain himself.

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