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Congressional candidate Stinchfield braves "Occupy Dallas," emerges with showy campaign video

Former NBC5 reporter Grant Stinchfield's run for Congress might be quixotic. But whether you agree with him or not, he still knows how to turn a story.

Stinchfield sent an email late Wednesday night touting his visit to the "Occupy Dallas" camp, where he "found a group of misguided and confused misfits. I left well aware, the majority of so called protestors, have no idea what they are protesting. You need to watch this video. It's the story the media refuses to cover!"

Stinchfield, an avowed conservative Republican hoping to unseat incumbent 24th District Rep. Kenny Marchant, may have cannily picked his targets in this "report." But it likely was easy pickings, and he isn't shy about stating his views. "I think this protest is ridiculous," he tells one sad sack occupier before a group of them begin chanting "Shame" at him.

"I'm getting chased off by the entire 'Occupy Dallas' contingent," Stinchfield says as swelling music takes him to this big finish. He earlier assures viewers that "you can bet I paid for this message" in order to further set him apart from the mostly deadbeats he interviews.

Stinchfield, married to WFAA8 Good Morning Texas co-host Amy Vanderouf, left NBC5 in April of this year to take ownership of a Kwik Kar Auto Lube and Repair business in Irving. In September he launched his bid for Marchant's seat.

Here's Grant amid the Lilliputians. It's pretty good theater, and he does make some solid if showy points.