John Bloom, chairman of the Constitution Party of Virginia, which disaffiliated from the national party last June and attempted to reaffiliate last month, wrote a letter, posted on American Third Party Report, in which he makes false statements about newly-minted 2020 Constitution Party presidential nominee Don Blankenship and calls the national Constitution Party a “FAKE political party.”
Bloom falsely claims Blankenship is “responsible for the deaths of 29 minors.” Blankenship was CEO of Massey Energy during the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in which 29 miners, not minors, perished in an explosion due to improper ventilation. Blankenship was neither found personally responsibility nor accused criminally of being personally responsible for the deaths. Instead, his misdemeanor conviction was for conspiring to willfully violate safety standards, which were not directly related to the explosion. He was found not guilty of making false statements and securities fraud, which were also unrelated to the explosion. Blankenship blames the explosion on the negligence of officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Bloom accuses the “CORRUPT” national Constitution Party of “undermining their own political party to help Donald Trump and the Republican Party” citing outgoing chairman Frank Fluckiger’s supposed replacement of the Chairman of the South Dakota Constitution Party with a “REGISTERED REPUBLICAN.” This story goes back to 2018 and concerns an internal dispute within the state party. The FBI refused to investigate the allegations.
Bloom seems upset that national Constitution Party delegates did not take his advice not to nominate Blankenship. He calls on national and state media to expose Constitution Party leaders as “FRAUDS” and hopes to see party leaders placed in “Orange Jumpsuits and in JAIL.”
Bloom seemingly endorses Libertarian presidential candidate Justin Amash at the end of his letter. This does not make much difference since the Constitution Party of Virginia is not a qualified party and never has been previously. The party has had to petition to get on the ballot each cycle and there is nothing stopping the national party from petitioning in Virginia and using the “Constitution” label.