According to Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, despite the announcement made five days ago, former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska will not seek the Constitution Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
In an e-mail to party members, forwarded to IPR by Idaho Constitution Party Chairman Floyd Whitley, Miller writes:
I am not seeking the Constitution Party nomination at this time.
First, it is apparent to me that many delegates are understandably
suspicious of candidates who have not had a history of involvement in
the party. Most are unaware that I endorsed Alaska’s lone Constitution
Party candidate for legislature over her Republican opponent in 2014 –
and even wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times supporting
the U.S. Taxpayers Party as far back as 1992. I also know Herb Titus,
James Clymer, and others involved with the party, but have admittedly
not participated with the CP as a member or candidate.
Second, to compound this outsider problem, it’s apparent that a
significant number of delegates will, understandably, be supporting the
candidate who has been with the party since its founding. He is a known
quantity who has earned the trust of many delegates.
Nevertheless, it was truly an honor to be able to discuss with many of
you the issues facing the nation and the role of the CP in the future.
And I am humbled by those who committed their support if I ran for the
In addition, also according to Winger, 2008 Constitution Party vice presidential nominee Darrell Castle will seek the 2016 presidential nomination, despite the announcement earlier this year that he would not.
The 2016 Constitution Party National Convention convenes tomorrow in Salt Lake City.