American Independent Party Makes the News Due to George Wallace Mailers, Misprints, and Endorsements

Deborah Pauly is a Republican candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisor, but she is getting some unasked-for-help from the California campaign manager of the former Governor George Wallace of Alabama, who ran for President as a third party presidential candidate in 1968 and who died decades ago. Here is the Orange County Register to clear things up:

Back in 1967, when Gov.  George Wallace of Alabama was running for president on the American Independent Party ticket, Robert Walters was his California campaign manager.

Today, Walters lives in Orange. Last month, he mailed a letter on “Wallace for President” letterhead to 7,900 registered American Independent voters, asking them to support Deborah Pauly in her candidacy for the 3rd District seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors.

Wallace, who called for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in 1963 in a symbolic attempt at  preventing two black students from trying to enroll. Walters, then a UCLA student, wrote a book defending segregation, which he self-published two years later after failing to find a publisher.

In his letter to voters, Walters notes that Pauly condemned two Muslim speakers outside a Yorba Linda fundraiser where the two speakers were appearing in February 2011, then adds “We need Deborah Pauly and her brand of hard core limited government, fiscally-conservative positions on the County Board of Supervisors.”

In an interview, Walters said the $3,600 cost of printing and mailing the letter was paid by himself, his wife and his daughter.

“I was moved by her commitment to standing up for what I think are the right causes, so I thought I’d help her,” Walters said.  “She didn’t ask me to do it.”

He said Pauly knew about the mailer only because he sent her a courtesy copy. “Otherwise, she never would have seen it,” he said.

It is quite possible this mailer did more harm than good, since it is a widely accepted fact that most of the members of the American Independent Party are not conservative admirers of Governor Wallace, but independents who simply registered wrong. Walters, who sent the mailer, says he is no longer a segregationist.

In other American Independent Party news, the party seems to have endorsed two GOP candidates for U.S. Congress – Steve Foley and John Stahl.

Lastly, it seems that every ballot-stub for the June 5th primary election in San Francisco will indicate that the voter is from the American Independent Party. This is a misprint and one that will not be corrected–though voters will be informed as they vote of this inconsistency.

 

30 thoughts on “American Independent Party Makes the News Due to George Wallace Mailers, Misprints, and Endorsements

  1. Trent Hill Post author

    This is the weirdest story we’ve had in a while.

    I mean, nothing can top that candidate that admitted to having sex with goats. But this IS weird.

  2. LISTEN anytime 24/7 to the T-Rex of Talk Radio

    Why weird ? Like millions of other bigots, he (and wife and daughter) have been allowed to pass the hate off onto the muslims from the negroes without much negative press for doing so……

    Make LOVE, not war !

    First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I’m not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I’m not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I’m not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me. – Pastor Father Niemoller (1946)

    I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights. – Abraham Lincoln

    Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

    The War Prayer- http://lexrex.com/informed/otherdocuments/warprayer.htm

    Explaining the left-right paradigm to a co worker!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kw7j4lbDB4

    “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.” -H. L. Mencken

    Americans Are Living In 1984; by Paul Craig Roberts – http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2011/05/americans-are-living-in-1984/

    “I think now would be an apt time for the Nobel Peace Prize committee to issue the following succinct press release: ‘OOPS’ ”
    – Brandon Robison,Winter of 2011 after Obama orders the attack on yet another sovereign nation murdering innocent children, women and babies.

  3. bruuno

    Sorry but this is a pet peeve of mine (especially when people like Glenn Beck purposely leave out certain groups). The Niemoller quote is-

    “First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    Niemoller did versions that included (or substituted) socialists, Jehohvah’s Witnesses, the Church and the incurably ill. Never did he mention Catholics and he even made it clear in an interview that he was referring to the Grman Protestant Church. Niemoller himself even admits he isn’t sure which version was the first one he gave but said he prefers the ‘communists, socialists and Jews’ version.

  4. Richard Winger

    California has non-partisan elections for all county and city office, so it is somewhat misleading for this post to say she is a “Republican candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisors.” No party labels appear on the ballot for county office in California. It is probably true that she is a registered Republican, of course.

  5. Trent Hill Post author

    Richard–she is the Vice Chair of the OC Republican Party. I’d say that makes her a Republican candidate.

    Cody–no idea. I’d be curious to hear his opinion here.

    Walters’ move was really silly. Not only will most people that got that mailer not be impressed or moved to vote, they may be moved to vote against his preferred candidate, since George Wallace and railing against Muslims isn’t a particularly popular issue with Independents/Moderates who make up the majority of that mailing list of 7000+ AIP members in Orange County. A real waste of $3500. Would’ve been better to print it on American Independent Party letterhead and say your candidate would fight against the partymen and corruption of the two parties to lower spending and taxes.

  6. Cody Quirk

    Unfortunately I do concede that many California voters that are registered AIP both don’t know what the party stands for, and probably wouldn’t be registered AIP if they did. -Being a former AIP’er, I know that from experience.

    However, Nevada voters are a different creature altogether, and the majority of Independent Americans here do vote for our state and local candidates on the ballot.

  7. paulie

    Walters’ move was really silly. Not only will most people that got that mailer not be impressed or moved to vote, they may be moved to vote against his preferred candidate, since George Wallace and railing against Muslims isn’t a particularly popular issue with Independents/Moderates who make up the majority of that mailing list of 7000+ AIP members in Orange County. A real waste of $3500. Would’ve been better to print it on American Independent Party letterhead and say your candidate would fight against the partymen and corruption of the two parties to lower spending and taxes.

    Not necessarily.

    1. Assumes his motives are straightforward. I don’t know that they are or are not. Assuming they are:

    2. There are a lot of bigots out there, and many of them are old. This could be just the pitch that would appeal best to them.

    3. It is true that younger people and those who have registered AIP in recent decades match your description with relatively few exceptions.
    But, a large number of people got registered AIP to initially qualify them. Many of those people are still alive, still AIP and still hold those views. They will respond positively to such a mailing.

    4. The first job of a mailing is to be noticed and read. Most mailings fail at this. This one gets attention and free publicity such as this here and elsewhere. That multiplies its reach. Greater reach – greater ROI, even to a niche market, assuming mailing costs as a constant. In this case that assumption applies.

    On the other hand you may well be right.

  8. paulie

    However, Nevada voters are a different creature altogether, and the majority of Independent Americans here do vote for our state and local candidates on the ballot.

    Is there any way you can know whether the people who vote for those candidates and those who register IAP are the same people? Since there is a secret ballot many of those who vote for the candidates may be registered with other parties or no party; and many of those who may have registered IAP by mistake may not be voting for them.

    I’ll grant that I am speaking based on CA experience, so maybe there is an answer to my question. If so I would be interested in what it is.

  9. paulie

    Why weird ? Like millions of other bigots, he (and wife and daughter) have been allowed to pass the hate off onto the muslims from the negroes without much negative press for doing so…

    Also teh mexicunz and teh gayz.

  10. Hoosier Hospitality

    “However, Nevada voters are a different creature altogether, and the majority of Independent Americans here do vote for our state and local candidates on the ballot.”

    LOL, well, certainly not your presidential candidates. Baldwin got what, 3000 votes and you supposedly have 50,000 registered voters?

    Are there any other states (besides CA & NV) where CP registered voters ditch your candidate by 94%?

  11. Hoosier Hospitality

    Baldwin got roughly a third of the CP registered voters in Nebraska; still bad, not anywhere as bad as in CA & NV. I’m guessing that in Nebraska & most other states, when people register for the CP they actually realize what they’re doing. In NV & CA they think they’re registering independent.

  12. paulie

    Utah as well due to name.

    In Nebraska they are the Nebraska Party, hence my guess.

    People register that way because “Nebraska is a great state” or “I am a University of Nebraska football fan” among other reasons….

  13. Peter Gemma

    @ paulie #10 – excellent analysis of direct mail impact. Controversy breeds publicity – negative always trumps positive in campaign tactics. There will be far fewer people motivated enough to vote because theyve heard or maybe saw something that said some woman might be supported by bigots. However there is a constituency (and I do not see them a racist bloc, but rather mostly anti-PC, or Buchanan-type voters) who will remember “she’s one of us” and that will get them to the polls.

  14. Paulie

    Peter,

    Where would you draw the line between anti-PC and racist? Was the Wallace ’68 campaign one or the other or both? How about Maddox ’76?

    Without any details, did the candidate here condemn Muslim speakers because they were Muslim speakers per se, or because of some particular thing they said or did? If the first one, would that be akin to racist? (I realize there are Muslims of all the supposed races, of course).

    Would linking a conservative candidate to opposing Islam (possibly…there may be more to that part of the story) and a famous segregationist at the same time be merely un-PC or would it send a rather unmistakable message of exclusion based on religion and perhaps ethnicities associated primarily with that religion?

    I grant there are degrees of such things; there were no swastikas, burning crosses, sunwheels, 14/88s or racial slurs as far as I know and I would reasonably suppose there wouldn’t have been any.

    But is there a point at which we can take a hint, and if so, when, where and how?

  15. Paulie

    Wallace, who called for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in 1963 in a symbolic attempt at preventing two black students from trying to enroll.

    In the mid-90s I hate an office at the University which had windows facing that exact location.

  16. Cody Quirk

    LOL, well, certainly not your presidential candidates. Baldwin got what, 3000 votes and you supposedly have 50,000 registered voters?
    Are there any other states (besides CA & NV) where CP registered voters ditch your candidate by 94%?

    = Hey dumbass, do you actually know anything about voting attitudes and elections? (Nope) Notice how the majority of the time, third party candidates running for federal offices get less votes then third party candidates that run for state, or sometimes county offices?
    Look at Joel Hansen’s run for State Supreme Court in 2004, or Janine Hansen’s run for State Assembly in 2010- she got more votes then the number of IAP registered voters in her district, and she placed second in a 3-way race, beating out the Democrat!
    Chuck Baldwin didn’t bother campaigning in Nevada, and spent most of his time in Utah, where he got third place. That’s another factor.

    And how about 2 of our 4 elected office holders- they were running in partisan races with two other opponents and they still won.

    Please! Any other moron bloggers out there that want to clash with me?

  17. Cody Quirk

    Is there any way you can know whether the people who vote for those candidates and those who register IAP are the same people? Since there is a secret ballot many of those who vote for the candidates may be registered with other parties or no party;

    = Is there any way we can tell how many Democrats voted for Brian Sandoval over Rory Reid in 2010? Or what about the vice versa scenario with Harry Reid’s re-election race in 2004 against Richard Ziser?
    -It’s just like asking how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop.

    and many of those who may have registered IAP by mistake may not be voting for them.

    = Meh.

    However, you must agree that in some races, we certainly attract voters from other parties.

  18. Cody Quirk

    I like # 12 -that gives me some ideas for this upcoming Halloween 🙂

  19. Cody Quirk

    However Paulie, ever compare the voter registration percentages of IAP’ers in the rural counties to the urban ones?

    The results makes H.H.’s arguments look quite simpleton.

  20. Hoosier Hospitality

    Besides the CP affiliates in NV and CA, are there any other examples of parties’ registered voters ditching their federal candidates over 90% of the time?

  21. paulie

    Is there any way we can tell how many Democrats voted for Brian Sandoval over Rory Reid in 2010? Or what about the vice versa scenario with Harry Reid’s re-election race in 2004 against Richard Ziser?

    Opinion surveys/exit polls. Does IAP get included?

    ever compare the voter registration percentages of IAP’ers in the rural counties to the urban ones?

    Yes.

  22. dan

    George Wallace? How long ago was that? The man has been dead for many years and changed his views later in life. To condemn the whole Constitution party because one of the fragments of the cp supported Wallace in ’68 and ’72 seems ridiculous to me. We know that the late senator Byrd was a former kkk member; does that mean anyone who supported him, or the dem. party, is a cross burning retard? Also the idea that anyone that questions the strait jacket of political correctness ,in any way, is a raving terrorist/racist is laughable. That’s right out of the DHS playbook by J. Napolitano [ who gets her info. from the wonderful Morris Dees] states with a straight face that anyone who supports Ron Paul, believes the Constitution needs to followed again, or is a member of the libertarian or constitution parties [especially returning veterans] are all potential terrorists.

  23. paulie

    To condemn the whole Constitution party because one of the fragments of the cp supported Wallace in ’68 and ’72 seems ridiculous to me.

    Did someone do that? If so I forgot. I didn’t, if you misinterpreted anything I said.

    Also the idea that anyone that questions the strait jacket of political correctness ,in any way, is a raving terrorist/racist is laughable.

    Who did that, when, where and how?

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