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Drunken Karaoke With Justin Amash and Thomas Massie

The House conservatives bring a fundraiser to libertarians' regular Tuesday-night haunt, and raise $9K for a man unlikely to face much competition.

By Tim Alberta
March 12, 2014

Just minutes after he strokes a $100 check to the campaign of Rep. Thomas Massie, a husky, balding, middle-aged man named Norm Singleton is on stage shrieking the lyrics to Eminem.

I've created a monster, 'cause nobody wants to see Marshall no more they want Shady I'm chopped liver, well if you want Shady this is what I'll give ya, a little bit of weed mixed with some hard liquor …

Singleton isn't much of a singer (or rapper). In fact, his shrill voice is downright disturbing. But nobody minds. There's only one requirement for attending the weekly Liberty Karaoke event at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub in Arlington: You must be a "defender of liberty." And Singleton, who worked for 15 years for then-Rep. Ron Paul, qualifies.

"We love Norm," says Matt Hurtt, the 26-year-old libertarian activist who organizes Liberty Karaoke, after Singleton drops off the check.

Hurtt explains that a group of local libertarians, most of them in their 20s or 30s, attend this every-Tuesday event that was organized several years ago. Normally, he says, between 20 and 60 people show up. Tonight there are more than 100, but it's not your typical Liberty Karaoke event. Instead, Hurtt has teamed with the Tea Party Express to transform this affair into a fundraiser for Massie, the freshman lawmaker from Kentucky who ran for Congress as a Ron Paul acolyte.


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