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Independent U.S. Senate candidate vows to 'unite people through song'



If there is one state where an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate is going to have disputed ties to Ozzy Osbourne, surely it has to be Florida.

That’s the case this year because of Steve Machat, a former music industry attorney, who is now trying his hand at politics.

“I love politics,” Machat said during a stop in Tallahassee to promote his campaign. “I love people. Music and politics is the same thing. You put together a team you want a dream. You go make it happen. And your message is to unite people through song and dance.”

Machat, who has lived in Miami since 2011, said he’s been a registered Republican and a Democrat before, but decided against aligning with any party for his first ever run for higher office. He said when a group he was speaking to recently asked if he was Republican or Democrat, “I said to them, ‘how about if I’m human,’” Machat said recounting the experience. “And I said ‘we are all human when you get down to it. That is what I’m doing, I’m running a human campaign to unite people.’”

Machat, who features a picture of him and Sen. Marco Rubio on his website, is one of four little known candidates who have qualified to be on the November general election ballot for the U.S. Senate as candidates with no party affiliation, in addition to the eventual nominees that will be decided on Aug. 30 for the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties. To qualify the candidates had to pay nearly $7,000.

Machat, son of longtime music industry attorney Marty Machat who represented the Rolling Stones, says he followed in his father’s footsteps and helped represent dozens of musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne. After Steven Machat was quoted in Radar Online earlier this summer as a “former manager” for Osbourne in the 1980s, Osbourne’s official Facebook social media page responded with a statement from Osbourne saying Steven Machat “NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career.”

Though he is running to beat him, Machat said he has nothing against Rubio personally, but said the nation needs someone who can help heal the partisan divide.

“I can help unite us. I have a 50 year history of uniting people,” Machat said.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2016 6:32pm]


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