On December 31, 2012, the Wikipedia entry for the Jefferson Republican Party was deleted. Six Wikipedia users commented on whether or not the article should be deleted, and five of them said it should. Concerns that where brought up included that the JRP’s current website is a blog that hasn’t been updated since January 2012, the fact the JRP only ran one candidate for office, the fact the all four of the references on the page were links to the JRP blog, the fact that it had no outside news coverage, wasn’t officially registered as a political party, had garnered only 177 likes on Facebook in a 2 year span, and the fact that the group appeared to be moribund.
According to the now-deleted Wikipedia entry, which I managed to save, the party was founded in 2006 by former members of the Constitution Party in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina. The party’s signature founder was William Potter, a city councilman residing in Fyffe, Alabama. The party did not have a specific ideology but drew it’s inspiration largely from Thomas Jefferson and his writings as well as political views. In the 2006 elections the party ran Carl T. Whitaker for Governor of Tennessee and he came in 3rd place with 0.41% of the vote (however, he was listed on the ballot as an independent). Since the election the party endorsed several Republican candidates for statewide races, and strongly supported Ron Paul for President in both 2008 and 2012. However, the entire activity of the party seems to be confined to their Facebook page and blog, which was last updated on January 1, 2012.
The official website for the JRP is below: