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Alan Keyes, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, has his die-hard fans.
But who among them would actually bid to purchase a napkin Keyes used to blot sweat from his brow at his acceptance speech?
Only eBay knows for sure.
Immediately following the announcement by Keyes to replace Jack Ryan as the candidate to face Democrat Barack Obama in a long-shot bid for the Senate, a zealous Alan Keyes supporter daubed sweat from the candidate’s brow and placed the perspiration-soaked napkin for sale on eBay.
Here’s the ad copy from eBay: “Napkin with sweat from Ambassador Alan Keyes’ forehead: Blotted from Keyes’ brow at Senate announcement 8-8-04
“Own a part of American history; own the napkin containing sweat from Ambassador Alan Keyes’ forehead, immediately following Alan Keyes’ historic announcement that he agreed to replace Jack Ryan as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois to take on Democrat Barack Obama.
“GOP senatorial candidate Keyes was sweating profusely after his stem-winder speech and the sweat was collected from a napkin at approximately 3:02 pm Central Time just outside the Wellington Restaurant in Arlington Heights, Illinois, under the watchful eye of multiple news reporters including multiple television cameras.
“Many at the Keyes event are calling for Lincoln-Douglas style debates between the first match up of two African-American senatorial candidates in the history of United States elections.
“Current plans are to donate proceeds from this sale to the Keyes for Senate campaign, pending a legal opinion. Due to Federal Election Campaign Laws, we might have to stop the bidding at $999.99 to avoid having to form a political fundraising committee. This sale is on behalf of an individual Alan Keyes supporter but not affiliated directly with the Keyes’ campaign.”
The unnamed napkin entrepreneur has even hired a publicity firm to book interviews should the media take interest.