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Tony Zirkle, the creative candidate

February 9, 2008

From Progressives, South Bend

by Don Wheeler

I noted with some interest a “Brief” which appeared in the South Bend Tribune. As is often the case, I think they missed the point.

It’s short, so I’ll reprint it:

Zirkle to provide free consultation
— South Bend

Tony Zirkle, a Republican candidate for Indiana’s 2nd district Congress seat, will open his law office on Sunday to provide free 10-minute legal consultations for anyone seeking to a suspended Indiana driver’s license reinstated.

Zirkle’s law office is at 110 N. Main St. The offer is open to any resident of Indiana’s 2nd District. The office will be open from 8am to noon and from 1 to 5pm. To make an appointment call (574) 968-8557. If demand is great, Zirkle will extend the service on future Sundays.

“I’ll tell them what they need to do to get their license validated again, ” Zirkle said. Cases involving driver’s license issues make up 10 to 15 percent of Zirkle’s practice, but he said he isn’t offering the consultations to attract more clients. “I can refer them out. I’m not doing this to get business,” he said.


Notice who is eligible? Any resident of the 2nd Congressional District. What is the jurisdiction Mr. Zirkle seeks to represent? The 2nd Congressional District.

I don’t think the problem here is that Mr. Zirkle is trying to drum up business. Actually, this seems to be a quite legitimate way to try to drum up business.

No…buying votes is what comes to mind – or something like it.

Just me thinking out loud.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.