by Peter B. Gemma
Darcy Richardson, well known to IPR readers as a political and campaign historian via his many books, has a lifetime record as a candidate — running on third party lines. He was the Consumer Party nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania in 1988 while serving as the national campaign manager of former Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign. In 2010, he ran for Lt. Governor in Florida on an independent ticket. Last year he made a bid for the Reform Party presidential nomination (this writer interviewed Richardson regarding that race here.)
Richardson is running on the NPA line (No Party Affiliation) for the Florida House District 14 in Jacksonville. Incumbent Rep. Kimberly Daniels is running for a second term, and no Republican has filed for the seat.
Ms. Daniels is the founder of Spoken Word Ministries, Kimberly Daniels Ministries International, and Word Bible College. In February 2017, on her Facebook page, she recorded prayers on behalf of Donald Trump:
God, I command every witch and every warlock that would try to send confusion to this nation, confusion to this government, confusion to this great man, what blood was shed for religious liberty, God, in the name of Jesus, not by power and not by [unintelligible], but by your spirit, I say they will be fired…
According to the political news site Tallahassee Reports, Rep. Daniels has crossed party lines and supported GOP proposals 64.8 percent of the time.
In an interview with Florida Politics, Richardson assessed his opponent as a “disgrace, not only to Jacksonville, but to the entire state of Florida. She’s a national embarrassment and deserves to be seriously challenged in 2018.”
Because of Richardson’s populist, thought-provoking, and outside-the-box take on a wide variety of issues, support has already come his way from Republicans, liberals, independents, conservatives and Democrats. A GoFundMe campaign has just begun, and an official website page will be launched next week. Checks payable to the Darcy Richardson for House account can also be mailed to 7810 Fox Tail Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32219.
Darcy Richardson is the author of a dozen books including, A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign (2002), Battling the Duopoly: A Short History of the Reform Party’s Struggle to Save America’s Middle Class (2016), and a multi-volume series on independent and third-party politics in the United States. His latest book, published last year, is a biography of Senator Bernie Sanders: Bernie: A Lifelong Crusade Against Wall Street and Wealth.