Thomas Bleming, a Vietnam veteran and self-described soldier of fortune from Lusk, is taking another shot at running for the U.S. Senate.
Bleming lost the Aug. 21 Republican primary to incumbent Sen. John Barrasso by a vote of 5,077 to 73,498. Next year, he will run for the seat held by Sen. Mike Enzi.
“My campaign starts today for the U.S. Senate, and I will be actively getting out and making myself available to constituents so they can give me input as to what concerns them,” Bleming said.
Bleming’s platform is Second Amendment rights, but said he won’t campaign with a gun in hand this time around.
“Everywhere I went I had a 9 mm” weapon, he said, of his 2012 run.
He is in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.
Bleming said he wasn’t too familiar with the bureaucracies and congressional committees he would be responsible for overseeing. He said he can learn.
“I am a real go-getter,” he said.
Bleming came under fire after calling the Holocaust the “hoax-o-caust” on his Facebook page during his last run for office. Bleming blamed the media for the issue.
“There’s not a racist bone in my body,” he said.
Yet Bleming freely expresses his anti-Semitic views, although he objects at being called an anti-Semite. The candidate believes only 280,000 people of the Jewish faith died in the Holocaust. He doesn’t believe the Nazis used gas chambers to commit genocide. He also believes an elite class of Jewish bankers controls the United States.
“It’s the truth,” he said.
Bleming admits to a deep fear of the government and corporations. He’s only running as a Republican to get on the ballot in the 2014 primary election, he said.
“In my opinion there isn’t a damn difference between Democrats and Republicans,” he said. “They’re both in bed with the big boys.”
Bleming is the first candidate to announce a run for Enzi’s seat. Enzi has yet to formally announce a re-election campaign.