by Clay Herrmann
Why an imaginary rather than a real interview? In this case it is primarily because I thought an imaginary interview would be much more fun. Hopefully Sheriff McCormick will have a good sense of humor about this, and think so too. With just a few days remaining before the March 1st Primary, you may have noticed that no candidate has more large format signage up in more places around Garland County than unopposed incumbent sheriff candidate Mike McCormick.)
CH: Sheriff McCormick, you defied the odds and made history in a way no one ever had before in the last election. Running as an Independent without the backing of a political party, you were elected County Sheriff, something that to my knowledge had never been accomplished before your victory … not just in Garland County, but anywhere in Arkansas.
Sheriff McCormick: Yes, thank you. The last election certainly was a hotly contested and grueling contest, but it was very satisfying to prove that it is possible for a candidate to win as an Independent in Arkansas.
CH: Anyone who has been out and about in Hot Springs or elsewhere in Garland County lately can see that you have a lot of signage up this year in anticipation of the March 1st Primary. The message is “Re-Elect Mike McCormick for Sheriff”. How do you feel the race is going? What do you think your chances are for surviving the Primary and moving on to the November General Election?
Sheriff McCormick: I feel pretty good about it.
CH: Do you feel that the fact that no one else filed to run against you gives you an advantage?
Sheriff McCormick: Maybe, but I don’t want to make any assumptions. You know the old saying spelling out the word. When you ass-u-me, you make an ass out of u and me. The main thing right now is to win the Primary.
CH: And just to be clear, you do believe that being unopposed in the Primary is a good omen?
Sheriff McCormick: I’m not big on putting a lot of stock in omens, but I would say that I think that being unopposed is more of a plus than it is a negative.
CH: With respect to all of the other unopposed candidates who have NOT put up signage for their campaigns (evidently hoping to be elected just because no one is running against them) … are they missing the boat by not following your example?
Sheriff McCormick: Maybe, but I don’t want to criticize the choices candidates for other offices make about their campaigns. I am content to concentrate on my own campaign and on what I should do to maximize my chances of victory.
CH: Is there anything in particular that makes this 2016 race especially challenging for you?
Sheriff McCormick: Well there is ONE difficulty that is particularly problematic. Because no one is running against me, it is especially hard to come up with something appropriate to say about my challengers … you know, why people should vote for me instead of for them.
CH: Would it be going too far to say that you are a little paranoid about threats to your reelection in 2016?
Sheriff McCormick: Let me give you a tip. It’s not paranoia if they REALLY ARE out to get you.
CH: Good point Sheriff, and thank you for granting this interview. We do wish you all the best in the Primary race on March 1st, and if you should survive as an uncontested Primary candidate on March 1st, here’s wishing you success as an uncontested candidate in the November General Election as well.