Will Missouri Voters Want a Blunt or ‘Wana Dubie?’

Blunt has a challenger with an interesting name. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Blunt has a challenger with an interesting name. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted July 16, 2015 at 5:00am

If Missouri voters are not satisfied with Democrat Jason Kander’s candidacy for U.S. Senate, they might find themselves considering another option: Do they want Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for another six years or do they ‘Wana Dubie’?  

On Wednesday, a man named Chief Wana Dubie (that’s really his name, at least, it is now) announced his candidacy as an independent to take on Blunt and Kander when voters head to the polls next November. But Dubie, perhaps mindful that the race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, focused his attention solely on the Missouri Republican.  

“It’s going to be Dubie versus Blunt in 2016,” the politician told a crowd of 100 people in his hometown near Rolla, according to the Salem News . “Senator Blunt better get ready, because I am going to smoke the competition.”  

Dubie, who sports a full beard and a marijuana leaf tattooed on his forehead , has sought public office before. In 2006, he unsuccessfully ran as a libertarian for the Missouri House of Representatives. In 2008, he considered a run against Matt Blunt, the senator’s son, for governor using the same slogan. (The younger Blunt opted against a run for re-election, and soon after, Dubie’s $200 filing fee was rejected by the state Libertarian Party).  

A spokesman for Blunt’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday evening.  

Correction 10:16 a.m. A previous version of this article misstated the number of years Blunt will serve until his next election.

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