Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., son of 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, informed me via Facebook that there is “no truth” to the speculation that he will seek the Constitution Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
Goldwater, 76, represented the 27th and 20th Districts of California in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from 1969 to 1983. Notably, during his tenure, he drafted the Privacy Act of 1974, which provided protections for personally identifiable information stored in government databases.
In 2008, Goldwater backed the presidential campaign of Congressman Ron Paul in the Republican primaries. In that year’s general election a group of Paul supporters paid $500 to list Goldwater on the Louisiana ballot as the running mate of Paul. Though Paul publicly backed Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin, the Paul-Goldwater ticket outpaced all the other third party tickets in Louisiana, including Baldwin’s. Paul-Goldwater appeared under the header “Louisiana Taxpayers Party,” borrowing from the ancestral name of the Constitution Party.
The Founder of that Louisiana group, former IPR Senior Editor Trent Hill, who has ties to the Constitution Party, spurred Goldwater 2016 talk after mentioning that the Constitution Party was actively seeking to nominate a certain “big name” in 2016. Hill, who had correctly reported in November 2008 that then-Congressman Virgil Goode was interested in joining the Constitution Party to seek its 2012 nomination, flatly denied some suggestions, but did not initially rule out Goldwater. Eventually, Hill denied Goldwater as the “big name.” Former Republican Congressman Steve Stockman seems to be who Hill had in mind, though Stockman has yet to publicly express any interest in the nomination.
According to Politics1, the current candidates for the Constitution Party’s 2016 presidential nomination are: Betsy Elgar of Washington, Jim Hayden of Tennessee, former U.S. Senate candidate Chad Koppie of Illinois, and Curtis Woolsey of Arizona. Virgil Goode and former vice presidential nominee Darrell Castle are listed as potential candidates.
The Constitution Party is expected to hold its nominating convention in Las Vegas sometime in the Spring of 2016