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Prohibition Party presidential Candidate, C.L. Gammon Holds Campaign Event in Tennessee

C.L. Gammon

On June 8th, C.L. Gammon, the Prohibition Party presidential candidate for 2020, held a campaign event in Hartsville, Tennessee. The event was hosted by the Trousdale County Historical Society and was attended by about 50 people. C.L. Gammon spoke about his campaign and the Prohibition Party, and he responded to questions from the audience. He talked about the party’s history of campaigning against alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other vice industries, as well as it’s history of working to advance women’s suffrage and civil rights. He spoke about the human and social costs of alcohol, tobacco, and gambling, and the need to take stronger action to address these problems. He stated that alcohol had produced a public health crisis, which has affected the lives of more people than HIV/AIDS, TB, and Polio, and it needs a strong public effort to address it. He stated that alcohol, tobacco, and gambling costs jobs, destroys lives, causes poverty, and wrecks the lives of kids. “Thousands of kids will go to bed hungry tonight because their parents stopped at a convenience store on their way home and spent all their money on beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets” Gammon stated.
Gammon also spoke about his stances on other issues. On immigration, he stated that it was in the best interest of immigrants to enter the country legally, that illegal immigrants were more likely to fall prey to unscrupulous persons, and that he favored a clear path for legal immigrants to gain citizenship. On abortion, he stated that he opposed abortion on demand, and that he favored programs that explain the options other than abortion that are available to pregnant women. On gun issues, he stated that he supported the second amendment, and favored strong punishments for those who use guns to commit crimes. On government spending, stated that he supported requiring the federal government to pass balanced budgets.
In remarking on the impact of the event, Gammon stated, “Overall, I think it was a success.”

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  1. Jonathan Makeley Jonathan Makeley June 26, 2019

    The party is hoping to get Gammon on ballot in Utah and possibly Idaho in 2020. The party is still in the early stages of its 2020 ballot access effort. SO it remains to be seen how things will turn out.

  2. paulie paulie June 23, 2019

    Why doesn’t this party focus on a state that might favor some of the beliefs. Maybe Utah or Idaho.

    They are in fact working on some geographic concentrations of states for ballot access, but it does not have nearly enough support to win any state nor are its supporters limited to any one state. For the moment they are concentrating on qualifying some southeastern/south central US states for the presidential ticket. Utah and Idaho will also be added if and when possible.

  3. Jonathan Makeley Jonathan Makeley June 19, 2019

    The website is run by the Partisan Prohibition Historical Society, of which Hedges is a leading figure.

  4. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 18, 2019

    Both name changes came in the 1960’s and 70’s as I recall. I actually used to have infrequent contact with Earl Dodge as a political button collector. I swapped him some Bergland/Lewis buttons for some really odd Prohibition ragalia from the 1920’s. I also swapped him some of the old “1776 – 1984 There is no middle ground” buttons for some other interesting stuff. He went kind of weird later in his life which was too bad.

  5. wolfefan wolfefan June 18, 2019

    Per Wikipedia they changed their name to “National Statesmens Party” in 1977, and reversed the change in 1980. That was the name of their newsletter for many years. is a fantastic resource on Prohibition party history. I think James Hedges runs it. I haven’t had time to check it for information on the party name.

  6. paulie paulie June 18, 2019

    They tried American Christian Party and even Statesman’s Party in the past but to no great result.

    Interesting. I either did not know it or forgot. When was this?

  7. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 18, 2019

    Perhaps another name change might help. Since they have some progressive views and some conservative views perhaps Progressive Conservative Party (like in Canada) and call themselves ProCons instead of Drys. They tried American Christian Party and even Statesman’s Party in the past but to no great result. Or they could just remain the historical oddity that they are.

  8. Johno Johno June 14, 2019

    Why doesn’t this party focus on a state that might favor some of the beliefs. Maybe Utah or Idaho.

  9. Seebeck Seebeck June 14, 2019

    I hear the event was BYOB with Bingo and cigars to follow…

  10. fred stein fred stein June 12, 2019

    Make America DRY Again …………………..voluntary by using alcohol shaming and culture not laws

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