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Oregon Constitution Party Nominates Will Christenson for President

The Oregon Constitution Party has been disaffiliated from the national committee of the Constitution Party since 2006. It was widely expected not to nominate Virgil Goode for President this year and that expectation was proven correct on August 18th when they nominated Will Christenson of the Independent American Party as their nominee. Christenson is, as far as IPR knows, not on any other ballots. Richard Winger, as usual, sheds some light on the situation.

He had formed the Independent American Party some time ago but it did not carry out any successful petition drives. The Independent American Parties of Nevada and New Mexico are not associated with Christensen’s party.

Christensen campaigns by listing his “dream cabinet”, which he hopes would include persons such as Congressman Allen West of Florida for Secretary of Defense, and Congressman Ron Paul for Secretary of the Treasury. However, there is no indication that these individuals are even aware of their status. Christensen attempted to obtain the presidential nomination of the American Independent Party of California earlier this month, but did not succeed. His vice-presidential running mate is Kenneth Gibbs.

Christenson’s party has previously been in talks with the Constitution Party about mergers and cooperation.

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  1. FAN of Dr. STAN FAN of Dr. STAN September 1, 2012

    Seems like just another sign. As Howard Phillips health declines with the onset of old age the CP begins to splinter into smaller and smaller pieces. Goode may have a hard time even reaching Baldwin figures.

    Write-In votes are easily lost in the enomous undertaking. A Gary Johnson vote seems like the ideal protest this time. Let them know fiscal sanity is needed. Know your vote will be counted.

    Gary Johnson: ‘Mickey Mouse Would Poll 15 Percent Against Obama And Romney’ –

    Help Gary Make the Fall Debates. Fifteen Dollars ($15) NOW and Twenty-Five Later or better $50 later will help Gary Compete with the Corrupt Corporate backed Obama and Romney ! Please! Thanks!

    Please don’t be a mushroom and allow the overpaid LACKEY major media to pick your candidate ! RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH !!!

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  2. paulie paulie August 30, 2012

    She has no list of most of those supporters.

  3. Timothy Yung Timothy Yung August 30, 2012

    Well Chelene Nightingale got 166,308 votes during the 2010 election. If every one of her supporters registered for the Constitution Party that be enough for ballot qualification. She can use the old mailing list to tell people about the CP.

  4. Gary Odom Gary Odom August 30, 2012


    Bill was a personal friend of mine for 35 years and I spent all of my adult life working in the AIPCA, including chairing it in 1988-90. I want to be ticked off at this comment, but alas I fear it is the truth. Fortunately, the Constitution Party will rise like a phoenix from the ashes of the AIP by 2016.

    The last four years we floundered as sudden orphans trying to win back our political home (the AIP) after the hijacking, both in court and in the 2010 primary (where we clearly prevailed–they only ran 3 candidates compared to something like 17 for us) so we haven’t ever really started to build the CP in CA, but that will be changing very soon. It won’t be easy or inexpensive, but it is too important to the national Constitution Party for it not to happen.
    Howard Phillips never would have founded the US Taxpayers Party without the participation of a ballot qualified party in California. California was essential for giving the new national party a strong foundation in the beginning years (90-92) and it will definately again be part of the equation starting in 2016.

    In fact, there will be an agressive write-in campaign this year in California for the Goode/Clymer ticket this year, which will serve as the first step toward building the new Constitution Party of California.

  5. Sean Scallon Sean Scallon August 30, 2012

    “Has there been any effort to merge these parties? Would anyone involved in these parties be willing to attempt such a thing?”

    There has and unfortunately it ended badly. As Jim Clymer once said to me “People who support independent parties tend to be very independent themselves. Well, now try to get them to all work together. It’s like herding cats.”

  6. NewFederalist NewFederalist August 27, 2012

    Oh I get it now… I thought they wanted Adam West for SecDef. I figured Batman would be kinda cool in the job!

  7. RedPhillips RedPhillips August 26, 2012

    Allen West for Sec. of Def.? Good grief no!

    My suspicion is that the Oregon CP is a shell of it’s former self. If they disaffiliated over the abortion issue like all the other states at that time, then I find it hard to believe that the same group would nominate someone who wants a hawk like West as Sec. of Defense. A hard line on non-interventionism generally follows a hard line on abortion in our circles.

  8. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak August 26, 2012

    I thought they nominated Ron Paul earlier in the year? What the hell?!

  9. J.D.FARGO J.D.FARGO August 26, 2012


  10. Don Grundmann Don Grundmann August 26, 2012

    Brian – As I have partially described at it is not possible for the CP to merge with the AIP of California as that party has been taken over by an alliance of the Southern Poverty Law Cneter (SPLC ), the Anti-Defamation League ( ADL ), and the ” moderate ” Republican Party Establishment. Despite any surface pretensions they are a pro-U.N. neo-con party which believes in abortion and homosexual marriage as their controllers do. They keep up a surface act pretending to be Christian to lure unsuspecting patriots in so that their money and energy can be drained in the futility of doing and accomplishing nothing; which is exactly their current purpose. There is a tremendous amount of money behind attacking the 3rd party conservative movement in our nation in order to destroy it so that it cannot be a threat to the fake conservatism of the Republican Party.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party of California

  11. Brian Brian August 26, 2012

    I don’t understand why it’s not possible for these constitutionalist parties, that agree on 99% of everything, to simply unite. There really isn’t that much of a legitimate difference between the Constitution Party, the various disaffiliated state parties, the American Independent Party, the Independent American Party, the America First Party, the Christian Party, the Jeffersonian Republican Party, etc. It seems unfortunately that personality differences create most of the trouble.

    Has there been any effort to merge these parties? Would anyone involved in these parties be willing to attempt such a thing?

  12. Trent Hill Trent Hill Post author | August 26, 2012

    Im gunna go out on a limb and say that the idea to “merge” or “cooperate” between these two parties didn’t mean that the CP wanted an affiliate to nominate the other party’s no-name presidential candidate. It’s just silly.

    The IAP, it’s leader, and the CP would all benefit from a merger. Certainly the IAP has a list that the CP would find beneficial.

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