Darcy Richardson to Seek Reform Party Presidential Nomination

Darcy Richardson, a contributor to IPR who challenged President Barack Obama in five Democratic Party presidential primaries, says he now plans to “actively seek” the presidential nomination of the Reform Party and several single state ballot-qualified parties in hopes of attaining ballot access  in a dozen states for the general election.

He sent the following via e-mail:

I can’t in good conscience support President Obama’s re-election. He’s a good man, but entirely out of his league in putting the country on a path to economic recovery. The American people are hurting, and they’re hurting badly. President Obama squandered the first two years of his presidency on a health care bill that nobody wanted while essentially ignoring the private sector in his $787 billion stimulus package in 2009 — legislation that did little other than preserve the bloated payrolls of public sector employees across the country.

We need a President who understands what it will take to end this depression, somebody with extensive private sector experience. Unlike President Obama, I have spent my entire life in the business community.

I was hoping former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana, a successful small businessman and banker, would emerge as the Reform Party’s nominee — and I was fully supportive of his insurgent candidacy — but now that he has withdrawn from the contest I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I’m hoping to gain ballot access in about a dozen states this autumn.

I will also be seeking the nomination of several single state ballot-qualified parties.

We’ll be reactivating my campaign web site shortly.

Richardson joins the Reform Party’s large field of candidates that includes consultant Blake Ashby, fitness model Andre Barnett, retired Dow Chemical worker Ed Chlapowski, engineer Kenneth R. Cross, financial adviser Dick McCormick, and estimator Michael Whitley. Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff, who ended his campaign several weeks ago, remains listed on the party website.

The Reform Party is currently ballot-qualified in Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Kansas. Its National Convention will take place August 10-12 in Philadelphia, Darcy Richardson’s former “stomping ground.”

16 thoughts on “Darcy Richardson to Seek Reform Party Presidential Nomination

  1. Jeremy C. Young

    This is silly. I love Darcy, but he’s a terrible fit for the Reform Party, an avowedly centrist party. Darcy should join up with one of the existing leftist parties, such as the GP or Justice Party; he’d have more success there.

  2. ctomp

    Why is the field for the Reform Party nomination so large this year? The number of candidates seem disproportionate to the number of state ballots.

  3. NewFederalist

    What’s up with the Reform Party of Kansas? In 2008 they nominated Chuck Baldwin who would be as much to the right of the so called center as Darcy Richardson would seem to be left of it. I wonder who they will nominate this year?

  4. Thane Eichenauer

    @1
    Any given candidate is an opportunity for both the candidate and the party to advance a set of ideas. Even if Richardson and the Reform Party have a minimal overlap his campaign will allow Richardson to promote his ideas to a group which is politically active and is probably more open than most to adopting his ideas.

  5. Trent Hill

    “Why is the field for the Reform Party nomination so large this year? The number of candidates seem disproportionate to the number of state ballots.”

    This. But I really like Darcy and I hope he does well.

  6. ctomp

    @4 & @6- the Kansas Reform folks are largely right wing, probably Buchananite remnants. Though they went along with the Nader nomination on 2004, they have stayed on right since then. Very pro-Paul. On the state level here in Kansas, they often run local rightwing activists, like Susan Ducey who often goes after the CP nod. The last I checked, their website appeared moribund. It will be interesting to see if they go for Goode considering his record.

  7. Trent Hill

    The Reform Party of Kansas is manned by people who entered the Reform Party from 1999-2000. They are Buchananites who have basically aligned with the Constitution Party for years now.

  8. Nick

    @3 The reason the Reform Party has a lot of candidates is they went out and entered talks with a lot of them. There was an effort to recruit as many as we could.

    @4 The Kansas Reform Party is not affiliated with the RPUSA

  9. Bill

    Having worked for Plant Superintendent Ed Chlapowski, he was in the real world of making things happen not a LEFTIST writer/activist trapped as an insureance adjuster.

  10. Bill

    LaRouche Party plan NAWAPAxxi, endorsed by Darcy is far Left. The recovering Reform Party should watch him as a surrogate sent to destroy the party as the Republican surrogate Buchanan did in the 2000 election.

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