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emerge as the Reform Party’s nominee — and I was fully supportive of his insurgent candidacy — but now that he has withdrawn from the contest I decided to throw my hat into the ring.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.”