IPR contributor, writer and libertarian activist Thomas L. Knapp made the following announcement today at Liberty.me:
Attn: Delegates attending the Reform Party’s 2016 national convention, July 29-31, Bohemia, New York
I, Thomas L. Knapp, hereby declare myself a candidate for the Reform Party‘s 2016 vice-presidential nomination. My declaration to this effect is pursuant to having been named as the preferred running mate of prospective 2016 Reform Party presidential nominee Darcy Richardson.
I aver that I am constitutionally qualified for election to the vice-presidency of the United States, being a natural born citizen thereof, having attained the age of 35 years (turning 50 this November, in fact), and having been 14 years a resident of the United States (the last time I left the United States was in late December of 1990, pursuant to military orders; I returned in late May of 1991).
I am neither wealthy nor famous, but I am an experienced campaigner, going back to 1992 when I gathered ballot access signatures for Reform Party founder Ross Perot’s first presidential campaign and proudly cast my vote for him. I pledge, if nominated, to use such resources as I have at my disposal to actively and energetically campaign on behalf of the party and its presidential ticket, and to help begin the process of rebuilding a Reform Party which can put itsnext presidential ticket on many more ballots and back that ticket with a much higher level financial and volunteer support.
Due to the lateness of this declaration, I do not expect to be able to attend the party’s national convention next weekend. However, I will gladly make myself available via phone or videoconference should my virtual “presence” be required. Between now and the convention I invite delegates to contact me via email (email@example.com) or on Facebook (thomaslknapp). Said contacts can be escalated to phone or Skype as necessary.
Thank you for your consideration.
Thomas L. Knapp