It seems that the American Independent Party of California has decided to switch national affiliations from the Constitution Party to the newly formed America’s Independent Party.
Assuming this holds up, and that’s a big if, it means several things…
1. Alan Keyes will now be on the ballot in California and Chuck Badlwin will probably not be able to get a line.
2. Based on voter registration totals, the new AIP now claims to be America’s third largest political party.
Here is the press release…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
American Independent Party of California
Sacramento CA – June 28, 2008
California’s American Independent Party, which has a forty-year history in the Golden State, today announced its affiliation nationally with the newly-formed America’s Independent Party of Fenton, MI. The Party had previously affiliated on a national basis with the Constitution Party of Lancaster, PA.
The State Central Committee of the American Independent Party voted unanimously in its Friday meeting to make the switch, after which the new 2008 national affiliation was duly filed with the Secretary of State’s office in accordance with the requirements of California’s Election Code.
State Chairman Edward C. Noonan, on hand in Sacramento for the official filing, stated, “We believe it is time to affiliate with a new party, one that has a will to win. In sixteen years, the Constitution Party has never elected a candidate. America’s Independent Party may be the best chance we have of stopping the never-ending advance of socialism.”
Friday’s move makes the newly-minted America’s Independent Party the third largest national political party in the United States based on voter registration.