On Tuesday, members of the right-wing American Independent Party had the opportunity to vote in the non-binding California primary for three candidates seeking their presidential nomination.
With all precincts reporting, former American Independent Party chairman Edward C. Noonan won with 13,557 votes, 39.4% of the total. Radio host Laurie Roth came in second with 12,771 votes (37.1%), and Mad Max Riekse finished third with 8,083 (23.5%).
First-place Noonan was the American Independent Party nominee for Governor of California in 2006 and for U.S. Senate in 2010. He announced his candidacy for president last August with an 11 plank platform posted on his campaign blog, which apparently doubles as his campaign website. He appears to care deeply about birtherism and lists “attack [President Barack Obama's] Phony Natural Birth Citizen Status” as the first plank on his platform. In his latest blog post from May 26, he endorses an effort to recall California governor Jerry Brown.
The second-place Roth, who felt “called by God” to run for president, was a candidate for the Constitution Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, but finished in last place at the National Convention in April with only 6 votes. She decided to continue her campaign and even picked up the endorsement of leading birther Orly Taitz. Roth proclaims on her campaign website that as president she will institute a 2% consumption tax while phasing out all others, and will erase all American debt in 4-5 years. As mentioned on the site, she suffered “severe brain injuries” in 2005, but recovered “with no outside help, other than hard work, vision and God.”
There is much less information on the third-place Riekse, who is apparently also seeking the presidential nomination of the Citizen’s Party, whose website lists him as a candidate. The site includes a post from Riekse himself, where he appears to defend Social Security, while redirecting readers to his campaign website. One reader of the site claims that Riekse wrote that he voted for “Ralf Nadir” in 2008. Unfortunately, his campaign website is currently down, but some of his views can be discerned from a 2011 interview he did for The Stark Truth and a 2008 interview with Wikinews.
Despite the results, the California American Independent Party primary has no effect on the allocation of delegates at the nominating convention, which is set for August 11. Candidates who did not appear on the primary ballot, but are said to be seeking the nomination include Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode and America’s Party nominee Tom Hoefling.
The nomination is prized because it guarantees ballot access for the winning candidate in California, the most populous American state. In 2008, ambassador Alan Keyes won the party’s nomination and received 40,673 votes in California.
Results by County
Blue – Edward C. Noonan – 13,557 votes (39.4%)
Green - Laurie Roth – 12,771 votes (37.1%)
Orange – Mad Max Riekse – 8,083 votes (23.5%)