We turned to the speaker schedule, and couldn't figure out if Richard Hoagland—an author who argues that NASA is covering up evidence of dead civilizations found with their probes—was an official convention speaker. Hoagland, Latham mentioned, had really had an impact on Utah House candidate Joe Buchman. "He went to one of those conferences and came back convinced."
Latham read my expression: I was wincing. "You'll meet him," Latham said. "He's not a kook. He talks about this as a secrecy issue, in a relatable way."
"No matter how he talks about it," I said, "can't the two parties use it to marginalize him? I mean, how is it playing."
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"It's playing pretty well!" Latham thought about it. "The polls aren't great, though. We just got the first one in from the district and we've got... zero percent. I was hoping to start off better than that."