Kotlikoff ends Reform Party presidential bid

In the aftermath of the Americans Elect board decision not to nominate a 2012 presidential ticket, the former senior economist of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and current Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff, who had sought that organization’s nomination, said in an e-mail that he now no longer wishes to pursue the Reform Party presidential nomination, which he elected to seek last month. He cited the party’s lack of ballot access, which thus far it has attained in only four states: Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Kansas.

When asked if this ends his presidential campaign as a whole, Kotlikoff, who writes an economics column for bloomberg.com that was suspended for the duration of his campaign, responded that he “decided to call it quits on running for president.” However, he still hopes to promote The Purple Plans, his campaign platform designed to appeal to Independents, Democrats, and Republicans.

Kotlikoff has advised the Reform Party of his decision, but remains listed on the party website as a candidate along with Buddy Roemer, who ended his own bid last week. The site also lists the following individuals as candidates: consultant Blake Ashby, fitness model Andre Barnett, retired Dow Chemical worker Ed Chlapowski, engineer Kenneth R. Cross, financial adviser Dick McCormick, and estimator Michael Whitley.

The Reform Party National Convention will be held August 10-12 in Philadelphia.

6 thoughts on “Kotlikoff ends Reform Party presidential bid

  1. Trent Hill

    How the hell does a 4-state party have so many people seeking its line?

    It’s a shame, the Reformers thought they had a former Governor or a popular professor with a national base. Instead, they’ll end up with a small-time businessman.

  2. Jeremy C. Young

    I think people were seeking the RP nom because of the name recognition from Perot days.

    As it stands, their best bet is Barnett, who’s been a steady-as-she-goes candidate for them and who really does share their ideology (as opposed to, say, Robby Wells). Barnett seems a little weird (like John Hagelin weird), but he’ll represent well and is a pretty face to put on their literature. He seems like a good stepping-stone to reviving the party in more states.

  3. Trent Hill

    They ought to go for anyone who isn’t nuts and is willing to spend money.

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  5. O Rly?

    If I ever run for something, can I bill myself as a “fitness model?”

    If you run often enough and hard enough, quite possibly.

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