Dusty Lynne-Marcum, a Republican candidate for the open 45th District House seat in the Sumner County area, wants you to vote for her because she’s had an abortion, floundered as a drug addict and been arrested for drunk driving, “several times.”
In a showy, bizarre act of political suicide-or perhaps a romantic overture to Gary BuseyLynne-Marcum recently took out a full-page ad in the Hendersonville Star News so that she could “open my closet of skeletons...rather than wait for candidates to dig up dirt and sling mud at me.”
As a preemptive strike, the conservative-come-lately states that she had an abortion when she was only 15, and that she struggled with drugs and alcohol. But she’s been clean for 10 years, she says, and she raised two children while divorced. In the meantime, she’s worked several jobs, among them bricklayer, truck driver, pipe layer, dairy farmer and horse trainer.
“I have done things in my life I am not proud of,” Lynne-Marcum confesses. “Those things that you never want anyone to know, that you wish to stay in your past.”
Well, yeah-that’s why most people don’t take out full-page ads to announce them. Especially in election year. All that’s missing from Lynne-Marcum’s story is the mad stalker from I Know What You Did Last Summer. However refreshing her honesty might be, the phrase “too much information” still leaps to mind-even if, as Lynne-Marcum says, her struggles begat a “relationship with the Lord” that helped turn her life around.
Apparently this relationship affected her politics as well. Lynne-Marcum’s far-right platform makes Moral Majority hardliner Gary Bauer look like Chairman Mao. Among her listed goals, she intends to make flag burning a felony, overturn Roe v. Wade, end abortion, and place the Ten Commandments in all public buildings. Lynne-Marcum also wants a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. How she’d be able to do any of this from a perch in the General Assembly, she doesn’t say.
In other words, she’ll fit right in.