August 20, 2004: Headlines: COS - Colombia: Politics: Congress: Election2004 - Farr: Santa Cruz Sentinel: Since taking office, Rep. Sam Farr has garnered more votes than all of his opponents combined

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Since taking office, Rep. Sam Farr has garnered more votes than all of his opponents combined

Since taking office, Rep. Sam Farr has garnered more votes than all of his opponents combined

Since taking office, Rep. Sam Farr has garnered more votes than all of his opponents combined

Political foes join forces to save on rent
By BRIAN SEALS
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

MONTEREY ó Since taking office, Rep. Sam Farr has garnered more votes than all of his opponents combined.

This yearís challengers have taken note.

In a novel cooperative effort, five candidates seeking to unseat the Carmel Democrat say they will share campaign office space.

Call it unity in opposition.

The idea came from Republican candidate Mark Risley of Pacific Grove.

Risley is running in part out of frustration with what he calls career politicians, something he considers Farr to be. He said incumbents enter elections with a huge financial advantage.

"This election should not be about who has the most money to buy the seat," Risley said by phone Thursday.

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He said the financially disadvantaged contenders could share office space, if not always agreement.

"Iím tired of labels, Iím tired of the Democratic-Republican quarrel going on in Washington," he said.

Certainly, Farr carries the typical incumbent leverage when it comes to raising campaign funds. He had collected $412,761 as of June 30, according to opensecrets.org, with 52 percent of that coming from political action committees. By comparison, Risley raised about $29,000 and the other candidates did not raise enough to file reports.

Farr dismissed the move as a Republican ploy by Risley.

"This is a typical Republican strategy to get people to vote against Democrats," Farr said. "I donít know why the Green Party or the Peace and Freedom Party would want to do that."

Sharing the campaign office in Monterey will be Green Party candidate Ray Glock-Grueneich of Santa Cruz, Libertarian candidate Joel Smolen of Pebble Beach, Peace and Freedom candidate Joe Williams of Live Oak and independent write-in candidate and political rapper David Munoz of Salinas.

Talk about politics making for strange bedfellows ó a socialist Peace and Freedom party sharing space with a free-market Libertarian; a Green party candidate in the same room with a Republican without a security force on hand?

But a person coming by the office to get information on one candidate can find literature on all of them, Williams noted.

The candidates say losing rancor and debating ideas is furthered by the arrangement.

"I think this is a nonpartisan example of parties with different views working together," said Smolen, a biomedical hedge fund manager. "I think that is missing from the national campaign."

The cooperative effort also puts the incumbent on notice, said Williams. He said his goal in running is to somehow move Farr to the left.

"This sends a message to let Farr know he is opposed and lets the electorate know there are alternatives on the ballot," said Williams, an online rare books dealer.

Contact Brian Seals at bseals@santacruzsentinel.com.





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