Loggers Don't Mind a Good Fight : Gene Amondson and the Prohibition Party

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I like third parties and political underdogs. As some of you OlyBloggers might recall, my 2008 presidential coverage began with Mike Gravel's announcement of his candidacy and his brief Olympia connection. Last week I had the opportunity to chat with another long-shot, Gene Amondson, 2004 candidate (and presumptive 2008 standard-bearer) of the Prohibition Party.

Actually, Mr. Amondson was not the candidate in 2004, but rather a candidate. The Prohibition Party, America's oldest continuous third party, has been experiencing some intra-political struggles in the last few years. Amondson appears to represent the new blood, the dynamic faction. He was on the ballot in Louisiana and Colorado in 2004. In the latter state, Amondson outpolled Earl Dodge, a name linked with the Party's old guard. This result has apparently been viewed by Amondson's followers as a party primary, making Gene the provisional candidate for 2008.

My interest in his campaign stems from his Washington State connection. Off the top of my head he is only the third Evergreen State native, after Scoop Jackson and Pat Paulsen, to seek the presidency. Mr. Amondson opened our phone conversation with questions for me. He likes to know his audience. Was I raised Catholic or Protestant? I grew up Methodist. Am I still going to church? I answered that I'm not religious but I think of myself as spiritual. "I'm not religious, but I'm a liar, but I like you anyway," he cheerfully responded.

The Amondson campaign does seem based on religion. Well, Protestant religion to be more precise. Two of his heroes are John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and Billy Sunday, the take-no-prisoners hell-fire preacher of the Jazz Age. Amondson has a one man Billy Sunday performance, re-enacting the old timey sermons. He is particularly fond of this Billy Sunday quote: "I hope to see the United States become so dry that you will have to prime a man before he can spit."

Which brings us to the subject of alcohol. Mr. Amondson is against it.

Alcohol, says Amondson, is the original gateway drug. "It fills our prisons," he points out. The fact one of America's most dangerous drugs is not only legal but promoted through advertising is something the Prohibition Party wants to change. Where a Libertarian (Amondson enjoys the term "Losertarian") might want to decriminalize a number of currently illegal substances, prohibitionists want to add alcohol to the list alongside heroin and meth.

The Prohibition Party's 2004 platform is extremely conservative on non-alcohol issues, so it is startling to hear Amondson give a strong anti-corporate angle to his message. "Nobody is dealing with alcohol," he says, pointing out the famous right-wing radio hosts, televangelists, and Republican leaders have been "bought off" by the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries.

"We gotta wake up!" is a motto he likes to use. "Dumb people drink," Amondson says as he outlines a vision of starting a national preventative education program in the event he wins the election. He is pleased to see smoking has become less and less socially acceptable. "We need to look at drinking as dumb as smoking," and is disappointed at the right wing for dropping the ball on the smoking issue. "It should have been the Christians, the Republicans, but it was the Democrats" who cracked down on tobacco, he says with disgust. One is left with the impression he is attempting to shame his fellow conservatives into joining the fight rather than reach out to moderate voters.

In spite of that, Amondson still likes George W. Bush. Although he thinks Bush has really stopped drinking, he wishes the President would use his high-visibility position to educate young people on how much damage alcohol created in his life. He thinks Laura Bush might possibly be a smoker, and that bothers him. I didn't ask about the escapades of the Bush twins.

Amondson clearly enjoys being a candidate, even when being the butt of a joke, as he was on the Daily Show. "It's fun," he says. He is probably the only person running for President who dresses up as the Grim Reaper to make a political point, whether it is picketing a winery or just walking in front of bars with a bottle in hand asking tavern customers, "Still drinkin' this stuff?" In 2008 he would like to be on the ballot in five or six states and double his 2004 media coverage to get the anti-alcohol message out there. He likes "revealing new facts the voters never knew." Especially when it comes to defending America's experiment with Prohibition in the 1920s.

Aside from having a religious foundation, his campaign also sees alcohol as a human rights and child abuse issue. This was shaped by his personal experience while growing up in the area of his native town-- Morton, Washington.

The Amondson name is part of Lewis County history. Gene's father was a preacher. His uncle "Porky" Amondson was a well known law enforcement officer. Neil Amondson, a recent Republican State Legislator from Lewis County, is Gene's brother.

Morton, where Gene was born in 1943, was (and is) in logging country. And Eastern Lewis County being isolated, it was also something of a refugee camp for moonshiners who had been chased out of other areas or released from prison, according to Amondson. As a child he witnessed drunken logger brawls and went to school alongside children of alcoholics who were inadequately clothed. "I grew up in a little denomination like Methodist called Church of God (Anderson, Indiana bunch). My Dad worked for a logging company in Kosmos, Washington, and the logging camp and booze is where I learned about booze." He became aware of how alcohol abuse was a family disease and not a victimless problem.

He worked as a choker setter for logging operations from Oregon to Alaska, continuing to see how alcohol ravaged the lives of his fellow lumbermen. In Alaska, Amondson said "Mail pilots could always tell a drunk town from a dry town from the amount of garbage visible from the air."

When I asked Mr. Amondson if there was something about being a Washingtonian that set him apart from other candidates, he replied:

"Loggers don't mind a good fight"

Comments

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Amondson Endorses McCain?

In this Orlando Sentinel profile from earlier this month, Gene apparently endorses Sen. McCain. In describing how Amondson will only be on the ballot in a few states, not including his own, the concluding paragraph reads:

Amondson, a resident of Washington state, could vote for himself as a write-in. But he says he doesn't intend to do so. "I will probably vote for the Republican candidate," he says. "All third-party people are a little goofy."

Now here's the fun part. Mrs. McCain is chair of a large Anheuser-Busch distribution company. 

 

2008 Election Results

I identified three states where Gene Amondson's name was on the ballot. Between the three he won a combined total of 636 votes. Not one of the best showings for the Prohibition Party in their long history.

Florida: 282 votes. Placed 13th out of 13.

Colorado: 79 votes. Placed 16th out of 16.

Louisiana: 275 votes. Placed 9th out of 9.

Third Parties in 2008

Third parties had a real struggle in the 2008 presidential race. There were very few cases of candidates cracking 1%. Here's the list from the returns with percentages thus far. The Constitution Party (Baldwin) and Libertarians (Barr) had a pretty dismal performance.

Paul: 2.17 Mont.
Nader: 1.48 Maine
Nader: 1.32 N.D.
Baldwin: 1.26 Utah
Nader: 1.2 Alaska
Nader: 1.18 Ark.
Nader: 1.12 S.D.
Nader: 1.11 Conn.
Nader: 1.1 Idaho
Barr: 1.07 Ind.
Nader: 1.04 Minn.
Nader: 1.03 R.I.
Nader: 1.01 West Va.
Nader: 1 Vt.

 

Update, July 1, 2007

Mr. Amondson has recently started a myspace account for those of you who are interested.

July 4, 2007 update

Trial set in Media, Pennsylvania for Aug. 16 will determine which faction gets the $$$

Third Party Watch

Ballot Access News

Prohibition Party Heals Rift

This in last week from Ballot Access News:

"The faction of the Prohibition Party formerly led by Earl Dodge has now nominated Gene Amondson for president to replace Dodge himself, who died in November 2007. Since the other faction is also running Amondson, there is no longer any factionalism in the party over the presidential nomination this year."

Almost missed update

Amondson made the local news in the May 28 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber. "Run-in with King county over codes highlights affordable housing crisis" by Amelia Heagerty features Gene. It might be of more interest to Camp Quixote activists than P2008 junkies, however. Still, an interesting piece the national P2008 press never picked up.

Gene and Energy

Gene Amondson recently sent me this very interesting video link regarding John Kanzius and the use of salt water as an alternative form of energy. I know Prohibition Party candidates prefer we use water as an alternative to addiction to alcohol. Apparently Gene proposes we use salt water as an alternative to addiction to petroleum.

I would be floored if any of the major party candidates, including the ones I like, even dared to suggest a strong and swift alternative to our oil-based economy. So I say, Go Gene! Recognize that oil has been as destructive to our lives as alcohol, with the same addictive properties.

More Washingtonians Running for President

In addition to the above mentioned candidates, I have found the following would-be US CEOs hailing from Washington State courtesy of the impressive Politics1 website.

Bob Dorn, 2004: "All we know about Dorn came from an email he sent Politics1 in April 2003: 'Please include my name on your list of Presidential candidates for the 2004
election ... I am an Independant from Washington ... I am a musician band leader by trade ... My band's name is Melchi. I am a Christian by faith, led by the Holy Spirit, and founded upon the New King James Bible. I attend Alderwood Manor Community Church in Lynnwood.'" Hey-- "Independant"? Apparently the Holy Spirit does not also serve as a dictionary. 

Max Engelarius, 1996-2004: American Tradition Party.  Here is a link to a community TV appearance by Max. Warning *Offensive and Sexist Language*

Bruce Mukian: 2000: "Muckian's campaign is entirely facetious and -- he concedes -- his chances of winning are 'somewhere between astronomical and totally outrageous!' He's really running for the fun of it and, he claims, to raise money for a family trip to Ireland on the Concorde. With his cousin Mike as a runningmate, he has several clever campaign slogans including: 'At least they're not the Clintons,' 'You've Done Worse' and 'Vote for Muck -- The Others Suck!'."

Aug. 2007 update

The two factions have split the dough.

Goodbye Gene

After my initial hour-long telephone interview with Gene in 2007 he kept me on his email list, so for the last couple years I read about the big and small issues on his mind. Some of those I have shared on this thread.

He was very personable and cheerful. Like Hubert Humphrey, calling Amondson a Happy Warrior would be appropriate. I must say he was a fun and unpredictable conversationalist in my audio sliver of time with him.

Was he a nut? Probably. But I'll miss him in the 2012 race and I sincerely hope the Prohibition Party stays alive and fields a candidate who can attract votes in the next round. With both Dodge and Amondson gone, America's oldest third party is at the crossroads. 

My suggestion is that they aim at their main issue: the societal damage of alcohol. All that typical and insipid Right-wing hateful nonsense in their platform concerning non-alcohol topics just divides people and drives away many potential voters and obscures the anti-alcohol focus . Even Gene apologized to me about the Party's platform. So Camels, ditch the other stuff and get back to basics. The platform: No booze. Period. You'll get more votes that way.

It isn't often Washington State has a presidential candidate. Goodbye Gene. You made our lives more interesting.

 


 

 

A look at history

 A look at history will show us all what we really know, and avoid talking about at social gatherings - prohibition didn't work and opened the door to incredible crime.  You can bet your bottom dollar that there is lots of lobbying money coming from drug cartels (and the liquor industry) to make sure that mood altering substances, other than alcohol, will not be legalized.

A "free market" would ruin the "black market"

Anonymously Larry No Longer Muted

The Anonymous ThurstonBlogger

Gene is in

Gene Amondson is now officially a candidate for 2008.

Earl Dodge

Earl Dodge died yesterday at the age of 74.

Three Washingtonians

In addition to Prohibition Party Gene Amondson of Vashon Island and Democrat Dal LaMagna of Poulsbo, I see we can include Republican Keith Sprankle of Everett among the Washingtonians seeking the presidency in 2008. Perhaps we could get the three of them together in a candidates forum?

Republican Presidential Candidate Debate in Ames, Iowa 11/6/2007

My name is Keith Sprankle, Republican Presidential Candidate, from Everett, WA and actively running for the nomination of the Republican Party.

We desperately need your help!

I would like to introduce the very strong and sound Family values and moral standing of my campaign to the general public. To this end, we have been trying to contact Gregory L Geoffroy, president of Iowa State University of Science and Technology in an attempt to gain a invitation to the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate in Ames, Iowa on November 6, 2007 Telecasted by MSNBC.

We feel this debate would be the important stepping stone we need to share with America the vision of hope and cures for the near future. A couple of key phone calls are needed to break the glass ceiling we are facing in this race. Therefore, I humbly would indulge your assistance.

We have been building a great deal of local support on the west coast and now in Texas and across America. I will be in the Oklahoma Presidential straw poll later this month.

I bring a sound Health-Care plan which truly will work for America. Along with this my platform provides more solutions to help build back many of the fading moral values our Country is losing. I truly can compete against the Big four Republicans heading into this year-end race.

The lives of many Americans are depending on this message.

So i am asking that everyone that reads this message please make a phone call to Gregory L Geoffroy, and Kate Bielenberg at (515) 294-4941 and demand that KEITH SPRANKLE be invited to the Ames, Iowa November 6, 2007 Republican Presidential Debate!

Once you have made the phone call please email me at Keith@Sprankle2008.com or make a posting here to let us know that you have made a demand for us.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!
SPRANKLE FOR PRESIDENT 2008 http://www.sprankle2008.com

Ellen Linea W. Jensen

I have stumbled upon another Washingtonian who ran for President. This is from a murky newsclipping, from the November 10? 1952 issue of Seattle Daily Times:

"Seattle Woman Running For President"

"A Seattle grandmother has enjoyed greatly her campaign for President as the nominee of the Washington Peace Party, her son said today."

"The candidate, who was not on the ballot in this state is Mrs. Ellen Linea W. Jensen, a Seattle resident for 35 years."

"Mrs. Jensen has been conducting her campaign from Miami. Her son, Paul R. Jensen, 2700 59th Av. S. W., said he talked with her on the telephone last night."

"'She said she expects to receive quite a few popular votes in California and Florida,' Jensen said. Jensen believes his mother was the only woman running for President in today's election."

"The Washington Peace Party's platform calls for a 'a return to the principles of George Washington.'"

Mrs. Jensen was also covered in the Sept. 1, 1952 issue of Time:

"Washington Peace. For President, Mrs. Ellen Linea W. Jensen, 50-year-old Miami grandmother and astrologist who claims to be in close communion with George Washington 'on the other side'; for Vice President, a man whose identity Mrs. Jensen doesn't feel free to reveal. Candidate Jensen, who says she was a 'Himalayan Master' in a previous incarnation, promises to stamp out Communism 'within nine minutes' of her inauguration. Though her party is 'very loosely organized' and has only 'a bare possibility' of getting on the ballot in Texas and Washington, Mrs. Jensen believes she is a shoo-in, since her horoscope is favorable."

GOP Candidate Keith Sprankle

Hello Steven,

It’s very nice to see more people looking and informing the public about the other Presidential Candidate. I would like to take the time and invite every reader back to our website as we have made many new changes. SPRANKLE2008.COM

First you'll notice that our Campaign did very well in Washington state, we spent 3 days during labor day weekend at the Evergreen State Fair in Washington, and now Our campaign is gearing up to hit the road. Our first stop is Tulsa, OK were we have been invited to the GOP Presidential Straw Poll and to attend the Tulsa State Fair. We are planning for a very large turnout in Tulsa as we have many supporters in Washington State, Texas, Florida, Organ.

I would also like to bring to your readers the following:

Press Release: Senator Barack Obama embraces Republican Candidate Keith Sprankle's Iraq Plan for the future.

September 12, 2007

Everett, WA. – I was honored to have Democratic Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama, embrace my plan and vision for the redevelopment and solutions for the Country of Iraq.

This is truly a sign these are plans in which all people, both Democratic and Republican, can come together in seeking a single vision for the future of our Nation and of World Peace.

Senator Barack Obama released his plan consistent with my "Nation Building Program" for Iraq today, September 12, 2007, just seven months after I published this purposeful, goal oriented, solution to the current situation we are experiencing today.

All of us must show the wisdom and the will to bring lasting peace to the Middle East and all corners of our world which rely on stability in that region.

America is a peace-seeking country. Despite the repeated terror attacks against our Nation, the people of this great Country do not wish to wage war in the far reaches of our world. Instead we wish to share the economic freedoms with encourage personal development and a sense of accomplishment.

It is the people of America who desire to be known for their achievements, caring, compassion and economic ingenuity, rather than in the battlefield settling wars. We are committed to make the world a better place for all people, no matter what drives their beliefs and society.

My plan will create a new and better reality for country of Iraq. And it also has the potential to create the right conditions to resume negotiations between Nations with whom we have previously shut the door on communications. I was encouraged by Senator Barack Obama when he voiced his positive response and support for my "Nation Building Program" through his duplication of the specific outline. Our Country can forge new ground in diplomatic world relations and build ongoing deep and sincere friendships throughout the world.

I believe that my plan can be an important contribution to the advancement of economic development for all people in the Middle East, and together will build our trust, which is the only viable way to achieve the peace and security in the Middle East.

As President, I would push to implement my solution for Iraq, no matter what the current circumstances are when the powers that be hand over the keys to our Nation.

Keith Sprankle, Republican Candidate for President 2008

If you are interested in interviewing Keith Sprankle or having him on as a guest commentator on a issue, please call Richard Sprankle at (425) 647-8292.

Thank you again

Richard
Sprankle for President 2008

Gene's Oct. 22 Press Release and Video

AMONDSON WILL CHANGE FLORIDA

FRIENDS I HAVE LEFT.....

THIS MINUTE AND A HALF WILL PLAY ON FLORIDA
TELEVISION THE 27 TH. OF THIS MONTH

HIT ON THIS.......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6LKDIQDvFY


THIS WEEK I SPOKE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI,

THEN CAME BACK TO ARIZONA TO SPEND A HALF HOUR
FILMING AND SPEAKING TO THE MOST WELL KNOWN SHERIFF OF THE
UNIVERSE

REMEMBER HE GOES AFTER
ILLIGALS,
AND TO KEEP THE COST DOWN
HE HAS
TAKEN AWAY
salt
coffee
pornography
movies, tv, except for education
gives them all haircuts
makes them wear pink under(so they will not steal them, and they hate them
has chain gang's, for men and women
they only get two meals a day,
and they have to pay for their white bread blongia San witches 35cents


[stevenl note: Apparently there were supposed to be photographs included, but they didn't make. However, the captions follow]

IN THE FIRST PICTURE WITH MY MOVIE MAKING 3 BOYS

YOU WILL SEE A PAIR OF SHORTS, JOE SIGNED FOR ME

WE NEED MORE GREAT SHERIFFS IN AMERICA

YOU WILL BE INTERESTED TO KNOW
THAT THESE PRISIONIRS LOVED HEARING THE
QUOTES OF BILLY SUNDAY, HELPING
THEM UNDERSTAND they  are in prison because of
booze


AMONDSON WILL CHANGE THE VOTE IN FLORIDA!In Joe Arpaio's Office





Tent City





Tent City




"Dump It!" Demonstration Protesting McCain's Ties to "Big Booze"


 

 

July 29, 2008 update

Mr. Amondson sent me the following press release:


PRAY FOR OUR PROHIBITION PARTY, AS JOHN MOE, FROM AMERICAN WEEKEND, WILL DO AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR SECRETARY JIM HEDGES AND I FOR RADIO (THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT PRODUCE THE PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SHOW, FOR NPR)
4 YEARS AGO WE RAN IN TWO STATES.........THIS YEAR WE WILL BE RUNNING IN 6 STATES, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida,Tennessee, Louisiana, & Mississippi

HOPING TO PICK UP MINNESOTA

THIS IS A BIG YEAR FOR US AS DR. DAN AMEN OF NPR, RADIO, COMES TO SEATTLE SPEAKING FOR 75 DOLLARS A POP, SAYING HEY DUMB DUMB, 3 DRINKS A WEEK WILL NOT HURT YOU, BUT 4 OR MORE  WILL DAMAGE YOUR BRAIN

Gene Amondson Dead at Age 65

Interesting stuff

Thanks for keeping us updated.

Video from Max

I don't know if that's hilarious or deeply disturbing. A "license to vote?" hahaha

awesome

It's great to see some creative ideas filtering into the political consciousness of this nation. Recognize these truths indeed!

Absolutely

I may not like it, but I agree with you %100 here Larry.

Sounds like she was a promising candidate

Can't imagine why she didn't win. Can't imagine how things would be if she had!

Welcome to OlyBlog

I'm sending you an email so we can set up an interview. As the first presidential campaign to actually take the initiative to contact us, you deserve some recognition.

Getting Serious

It looks like Mr. Amondson is getting very serious about winning elections. His obvious ability to shout through capital letters and insult a NPR radio personality for discriminating between the effects of having 3 drinks per week v. 4 drinks per week should clearly make him out as an extremist, a thoughtful extremist nonetheless.

Amondson, thanks for polarizing the debate. Sheesh. /end uninformed reactionary diatribe.




Water Car

Gene sent me this very interesting press release on Aug. 28. I'll keep you posted if I hear anything about the outcome:

HEY .........

NEXT WEEK, I WILL TURN MY 98 HONDA CIVIC
INTO A CAR THAT BURNS HALF WATER, AND HALF GASOLINE.......

THE KIT COSTS ME 300$ AND I WILL PAY THIS GUY
200$ TO PUT IT ON.......

IS THERE ANY GAMBLE, COULD BE, BUT I
LIKE THE CHRISTIAN GUY THAT IS MAKING THE KIT.
AND HIS CAR RUNS LONGER, COOLER, AND SMOOTHER

IF INTERESTED, YOU CAN LET ME KNOW.....
THE IDEA IS JUST TO GET ON THE LIST

IT TURNS THE GALLON AND A HALF H2O INTO HYDROGEN, AND
PUTS IT INTO THE CARBURETOR, YOUR CERTIFIED MECHANIC
WILL PUT IT ON WHERE YOU LIVE......

IT IS LIKELY VERY GOOD, AND IF IT IS NOT, WELL THEN
TELL JESUS HI

WORKS ON DIESEL CARS

THE MAKER OF THE KIT,
WILL TEACH AT OUR COLLEGE IN TACOMA
GENE 206 463 6333......

i am not going to take time to write details, but if you call
i will tell you what i know, i get mine put on tuesday

 

Not my favorite thought either...

 We agree, Norm.  I don't like it either, but I can tell you from my "past life" that it's not the street dealer that is making the big money.  There are some people in this world with huge amounts of cash that need to keep things just the way they are, for their benefit.

Anonymously Larry No Longer Muted

The Anonymous ThurstonBlogger

Prohibition Platform Etc...

Great story Steven, thanks for doing the interview and writing it up and sharing it with the OlyBlog community.

I think history is pretty plain on the failure of the prohibition.

I totally agree that alcohol causes a great many problems in our society. Alcohol is associated with an astoundingly high percentage of violent crimes.

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism have very high societal costs. We would be much better off without the plague of the disease of alcoholism. However, as long as alcohol is available, which it will be I'm afraid, whether it's legal or not, there will be alcoholism.

I think Mr. Amondson would find a greater degree of success in trying to stamp out the evils of chemical dependency and drug abuse - rather than assume the fascist and totalitarian stance of prohibiting the use and sale altogether.

Thanks for giving me a chance to spout off. I support legalization and taxation of mood-altering chemicals. The tax revenue can be used to fund treatment, education, and abuse prevention programs.

In the Course of Events

Prohibition is fascist?

 I appreciate the opinion and viewpoint submittted, but prohibition cannot be called fascist. Puritan? Maybe! At least to a lot of folks. But fascist carries the implication of Nazis who were actually national socialists. The Prohibition Party is for religious freedom and also for racial equality, two ideas contrary to facsists.

Abstention v. Prohibition

It is one thing to personally abstain from drugs (including alcohol.) It is quite another to legislate and enforce the abstention of others (prohibition.)

Perhaps calling prohibition was slightly antagonistic and inflammatory. I think that the definition of fascism is, however, much broader than the fascism of Italy and Germany prior to WWII. Fascism, to me, means dictatorial.

I don't think that dictating, or legislating, against the consumption of alcohol is appropriate to a free society that prides itself on liberty.

Of course alcohol abuse has a multitude of very serious societal consequences. But when regulated, tax money can provide the basic economic substance to provide preventative programs.

In the Course of Events

Good interview

This is a very good interview and a great scoop also, I see this article is listed on the PNW Topic Hotlist too.

Amondson Interview

Hi Steve,

This is a good interview. It was interesting how Amondson was influenced by growing up in a logger town in Washington and seeing the effect alcohol had on the populace. And if he spent a significant amount of time in Alaska, where alcoholism has traditionally been a big problem, I could see how that would factor in as well.

I looked at the 2004 Party Platform for the Prohibition Party and think a lot of it is far-right wingnuttia.

As far as Bush in concerned, several people have told me he comes off like a dry drunk.

Comment From Don Webb

Don Webb, the Prohibition Party National Chair, sent the following comment:

A very good summary of the Amondson Campaign. We need and appreciate this type of coverage. The only point of correction, Gene Amondson was THE - not A - Prohibition candidate for President in 2004. Earl Dodge used the label "Prohibition" in Colorado wiithout permission from the Prohibition National Convention or the Prohibition National Committee. Lack of finances kept us from having him legally removed from the ballot using that label. It could be argued that Dodge ran as "A" Prohbition candidate, but Amondson was "THE" official candidate. Otherwise, the article is good and we need more of this type of exposure.

Don Webb

Digg it (vote for)

Anyone can digg (vote for) this story. Easy to sign up for a Digg account if you don't already have one. I've started the ball rolling here (please ignore the fact that I did not spell the title correctly).

(Later edit, hopefully I have the links correct now.)

Our Campaigns

This article is also now on ourcampaigns.com .

The Need For Third Party Debate

 In recent weeks the two major party candidates for nomination have debated and recieved coverage by the mainstream media. Where is the coverage of third party candidates?

 The 2007 World Almanac gives the list of presidential candidates for 2004 and how many votes each recieved. There were 15 third party candidates. Their votes made up 1% of the popular vote, enough to change election results in the tight 2004 presidentila race. I just wonder how many more people would have voted for third party candidates if there had been media coverage.

Gene I like this!

 Gene Amondson, I like this blog site! I wish you had been on the ballot in Missouri in '04. I would've voted for you. As it was, i opted for Peroutka, the Constitution Party candidate.

 I'm familiar with the Church of God, Anderson beliefs and with three groups which broke off. It is interesting how many holiness preachers have run for president on the Prohibition Party ticket. I'm glad you're on that list.

Richard D. Swift

Update, June 14, 2007

Looks like the Prohibition Party is in for another election cycle with a split in the ranks. A faction has once again nominated Dodge .

Meanwhile, I have found another Washingtonian running for President, Dal LaMagna of Poulsbo is running as a Democrat.