Tre Arrow received nearly 6% of the vote when he ran for Congress in 2000 as a member of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon. Now he’s headed to prison for two years, as part of a plea bargain against charges of environmentally motivated property destruction and arson.
Born Michael Scarpitti, the 34-year-old Tre Arrow legally changed his name “because the trees told him to,” according to the Associated Press. The FBI claims Arrow is associated with the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).
Arrow pleaded guilty to destroying concrete-mixing trucks in April 2001 and firebombing logging trucks in June of that same year. He faced up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the arson charges, but he plea-bargained for 78 months, with credit for time served in a Canadian jail for shoplifting.
In 1998, Tre Arrow was arrested outside of a Proctor & Gamble executive’s home while wearing a pink bunny suit. He was charged with leafleting without permission and assessed a $130 fine. This did not stop him from winning 15,763 votes — a superb showing for a third-party candidate — in a race that included a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian, and a Socialist, two years later.