Historian and IPR contributor Darcy Richardson, who had sought the Reform Party USA presidential nomination, wrote the following about the party and his decision to not attend its National Convention this past weekend:
I never really liked going to funerals, so I skipped the Philadelphia convention.
For the record, I pulled out in late July, once it became clear the party wasn’t going to qualify for the ballot in Arkansas, New Jersey and a few of the other relatively easy states. At that point, the nomination really wasn’t worth fighting for… I wish the Reform Party well — and I may even endorse one of their congressional candidates — but, as far as the presidential contest is concerned, I’ll be putting my time and energy behind another minor-party candidate this autumn.
When asked which candidate he was supporting, Richardson responded:
While I deeply respect Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein, I’m in the process of organizing a Peace & Freedom Party affiliate here in Florida and hope to place Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan on the November ballot. We filed our qualifying paperwork — i.e., the party’s officers, bylaws and constitution — with the Division of Elections on Tuesday.
I’ve long admired the Peace & Freedom Party and was among those who encouraged the party in the past couple of years to expand beyond California for the first time in nearly four decades.