Shelby Township, MI – United States Senate candidate, Pete Hoekstra backed out of a candidate forum after
learning he would have to face Libertarian hopeful Scotty Boman. The forum was held by the Romeo Area Tea Party at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township and was moderated by WJR Radio Personality Frank Beckmann.
During introductory statements, Beckmann explained the absence of former Congressman Pete Hoekstra by saying that Hoekstra was uncomfortable with the format, and objected to the inclusion of Scotty Boman in the forum. Boman commented that he expected Hoekstra to have a “…thicker skin than that.” The following morning (May 22nd) Beckmann addressed the snub again during the first segment of his 9:00 AM to Noon radio program on WJR AM. He specifically cited comments made by Boman at a forum held on May 14th as making Hoekstra uncomfortable.
At the May 14th forum in Grandville, Boman speculated on who he would vote for in the Republican Primary if he didn’t qualify to be in it saying, “We’re still a little short and if these are the only candidates I have to choose from, I’m going with Clark Durant…He’s a person that really sticks to principle. He’s a man who has professional talent to get things done.” This forum, at Eternal Word Church, was only attended by Pete Hoekstra, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Clark Durant, and Scotty Boman. Peter Konetchy (who qualified for the Republican primary) did not attend.
On his May 22nd radio broadcast, Beckmann said Hoekstra viewed Boman and Durant as “a slate,” due to Boman’s favorable remarks about Durant. When asked, Boman has clarified this as a comment about his Republican Primary preference and that he would be voting Libertarian in November.
In September of 2011 libertarian activist, Scotty Boman announced his effort to seek the Republican Party nomination for United States Senate, but fell short of the 15,000 signatures needed to file for the Republican Primary. As a result, Boman’s name cannot appear on the Republican Party’s Primary ballot.
In 2008 Boman was on the general election ballot as a Libertarian. He placed third in the election. Libertarians nominate their State-wide candidates by a self-funded convention rather than a tax-payer funded primary. As a result, Libertarians can select their candidates at conventions, while also voting in major party primaries.
The Libertarian Party will hold it’s convention on June 2nd at: Embassy Suites Livonia/Novi. 19525 Victor Parkway. Livonia, MI 48152
Another candidate, Erwin Haas, is also seeking that nomination.