AIP Nominates Rocky De La Fuente/Kanye West Ticket; Darcy Richardson Responds

Earlier today the California ballot-qualified American Independent Party (AIP) nominated Reform Party and Alliance Party presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente for president and rapper Kanye West for vice president.  According to Ballot Access News, the decision was unanimous save for one abstention among twenty delegates.   Even though Prohibition Party presidential nominee Phil Collins had won the party’s nonbinding presidential primary in March, De La Fuente, who finished second in the primary, paid AIP vice chairman Mark Seidenberg cash, according to FEC records, which likely improved his chances of winning the nomination.

The AIP reportedly was not able to contact West about the vice presidential nomination but nominated him still.  No California law requires individuals to agree to be the presidential or vice presidential nominee of a ballot-qualified party.  The nomination of West snubbed Reform Party and Alliance Party vice presidential nominee Darcy Richardson, who has served as De La Fuente’s running mate in all other states in which De La Fuente has qualified for the ballot.

“Please let Rocky know that if he runs with the unstable, bi-polar Trump-loving Kanye West in California that I will withdraw as his vice-presidential running mate nationally,” Richardson declared in a text message to Seidenberg earlier today. “I’ve spent my entire adult life battling the duopoly and certainly DO NOT want my name associated with a candidacy that peripherally includes a Trump/GOP plant like the unhinged rapper….Bill Shearer must be rolling over in his grave.”

Richardson sees the nomination of De La Fuente/West as a non-transparent attempt from Seidenberg “to siphon votes from Joe Biden in the nation’s most populous state” to help President Trump. However, he adds, “Biden will win by 2-3 million votes there, so it really doesn’t matter.  A stranger ticket would be hard to imagine, even in California.”

According to Richardson, Seidenberg has been on the De La Fuente payroll for a while, as has Florida Reform Party chairman Joe Wendt, “another avid Trump supporter.”  Wendt denies he supports Trump.

“The Alliance Party deserved better than this,” Richardson declared upon hearing news of the nomination.

The AIP usually nominates right wing or right-leaning candidates for office.  In 2016, it nominated Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president.

32 thoughts on “AIP Nominates Rocky De La Fuente/Kanye West Ticket; Darcy Richardson Responds

  1. Joe Wendt

    You have 24 hours to remove that god damn reference. Not an avid Trump supporter. That is Malicious and an outright lie.

  2. J.R.Myers

    The “Third Party” movement has been successfully co-opted and corrupted. I have also tried to expose this in my campaign. There should be prison terms for some of these criminals!

  3. Floyd Whitley

    I always regretted Darcy Richardson’s withdrawal (December 9, 2019 by email) from CP-Idaho’s presidential primary, to support Mr. de la Fuente as his running mate.

    Had Mr. Richardson campaigned under his own brand in Idaho and participated in the Boise Debate, it is likely he would have won the CP-Idaho primary. Given subsequent widespread state party insurrections within the national CP, it is possible Richardson may have gained other CP state nominations as well.

    In mid September 2019 at the Latah County Fair (Moscow), CP-Idaho booth staff handed out numerous rack cards when Mr. Richardson was running. Mr. Myers also participated. So, we knew voter interest existed in Idaho.

    In retrospect, this has been an unfortunate outcome.

  4. Justice Apash

    In 2016, the AIP nominated Donald Trump. What changed between then and now that the party no longer supports him? Since the beginning the AIP has nominated candidates that are considered conservative if not paleo-conservative or ultra-conservative. Rocky De La Fuente is pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-amnesty, and on his campaign website he mentions: “We propose providing every American with a publicly funded basic single payer health plan. A plan where the patient chooses and employs his personal physician – not a big hospital system or the government.” What has shifted in the AIP and are you planning to join the Alliance and/or Reform Party?

  5. Tony From Long Island

    Joke #1 and Joke #1

    Darcy shouldn’t want to be associated with either of them.

  6. Ryan

    “In 2016, the AIP nominated Donald Trump. What changed between then and now that the party no longer supports him?”

    It was reported either here or at Ballot Access News that the party sent out feelers some time ago to the Trump campaign about nominating him again, and the Trump campaign declined. Beyond removing one ballot line from the California presidential ballot, in 2016 there was some kind of give-and-take between the California Republican Party and the California AIP to have the same slate of electors. Think in the end it was 50 Republicans and 5 AIP members. Maybe the Republicans in California don’t want to deal with or legitimize the AIP there.

    I’m supportive in principle of the De La Fuente/Richardson ticket more due to the spirit of the Alliance Party than any real support for either of the 2 individuals. This however I find to be not a bright statement:

    “Richardson sees the nomination of De La Fuente/West as a non-transparent attempt from Seidenberg “to siphon votes from Joe Biden in the nation’s most populous state” to help President Trump. However, he adds, “Biden will win by 2-3 million votes there, so it really doesn’t matter. A stranger ticket would be hard to imagine, even in California.”

    1. The American Independent Party can do whatever the hell they want. It’s their ballot line. No different than the Alliance Party of South Carolina, the Natural Law Party of Michigan, the Reform Party of Florida, the American Delta Party of Delaware deciding it was in their interest to nominate you for vice president. Some of them probably have never met you or have an opinion about you, but they chose to nominate you out of their own concerns deciding what was best for their organization moving forward.
    2. As it is their ballot line, the AIP have their own political aims. I’m sure they want to maximize their vote count, duh, that’s how elections works.

  7. NewFederalist

    I’m still curious… has Darcy decided to withdraw his vice presidential candidacy?

  8. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Joe Wendt: You have 24 hours to remove that god damn reference.

    Or else, what? Sue?

    It’s an opinion about a political activist, so it wouldn’t be libel. Opinions about political candidates, activists, and issues enjoy the greatest degree of First Amendment protection.

  9. Justice Apash

    Okay it is their ballot line but it would have been better if they had just put Kanye West for president and whoever for vice president unless the AIP is playing to merge with the Alliance Party. They would have gotten a ton of publicity and been able to maximize their voting. Kanye West is way closer to their platform.

  10. Jared

    I’m not sure what Rocky is doing to dazzle all these B-tier third parties into nominating him, but I doubt it’s his platform, his record, or that winning smile.

  11. wolfefan

    Just wondering… where has Darcy referred to Joe as a Trump supporter? And if someone is being quoted, that person should be identified in the article that quotes them, not in the comments.

  12. Thane Eichenauer

    Jared> I’m not sure what Rocky is doing to dazzle all these B-tier third parties into nominating him, but I doubt it’s his platform, his record, or that winning smile.

    You underestimate the persuasive power of a winning smile. I am sure that Rocky De La Fuente also has a can do attitude that serves him well.

  13. Don Grundmann

    The current AIP is an utterly corrupt-to-the-bone-and-beyond party which is totally controlled by 2 outright criminals, Mark Robinson and Mark Seidenberg, who filed fake documents with the Secretary of State office to seize control of the party. I documented their corruption/criminality at TheCorruptionOfAlanKeyes.blogspot.com. Money is valuable but secondary to Seidenberg as his joy was the destruction of the 3rd party conservative movement in service to the ” Deep State ” for whom he is an agent. He and Robinson infiltrated the AIP with the express purpose of destroying it and the Constitution Party. They are utterly evil and totally corrupt enemies of our Republic; self-identified Zionists whose 1st allegiance is to Israel. They attacked the AIP/CP not simply as undercover agents for the Deep State and the Republican Party but because the foreign policy of the CP opposed involvement in foreign wars, opposed subserviance to another power in regard to our foreign policy, and had a lack of open support for Israel. Bottom Line – they are traitors to our nation.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C.
    Chairman, Constitution Party of California; the only remaining true conservative party in the state

  14. Justice Apash

    Do we have any updates on Darcy Richardson? Did he withdraw or did they reconcile? I live in California and I am considering this ticket. For me the options I see himself doing are:

    1. Write in: Kanye West for prez. Believe it or not his political positions are the closest to mine resides the American Solidarity Party.

    2. Support the AIP ticket despite any reservations I have about Rocky De La Fuente

    3. Vote for Jorgensen as a protest vote even though I am not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination and repealing Obamacare will be a disaster which will put millions of Americans without health insurance.

  15. Ryan

    Per BAN, the American Shopping Party (???) are considering also nominating this De La Fuente/West ticket.

  16. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Cody Quirk: So we’re blaming the Jews now, Don?

    Don was blaming specific (albeit unnamed) infiltrators who put Israeli interests first. Such Israel Firsters do exist. The Israel lobby and its support network is well known and well funded (e.g., Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, AIPAC, ADL, etc.).

    You’re making a leap to go from some people who put Israel First, to “the Jews.” But you know that.

    This is a standard intimidation tactic. An ad hominem attack that makes it impossible to criticize Israel and its supporters, or even to point out their activities, because to do so is immediately spun as an attack on all Jews.

    Why don’t you argue, or ask about, the specific situation at the AIP, instead of resorting to ad hominem attacks against Don?

  17. wolfefan

    Sorry I missed your earlier reply William. I was confused about the source of the quote since some of that paragraph was in quotes and some wasn’t. I understand now. Thanks!

  18. Jared

    RTAA: “An ad hominem attack that makes it impossible to criticize Israel and its supporters, or even to point out their activities, because to do so is immediately spun as an attack on all Jews.”

    Problem is, it cuts both ways. The ultra-Zionist fringe dismisses all criticism of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic racism, while actual anti-Semites like to hide behind the anti-Zionist label.

  19. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Jared: Problem is, it cuts both ways. The ultra-Zionist fringe dismisses all criticism of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic racism, while actual anti-Semites like to hide behind the anti-Zionist label.

    So what’s the solution? To never criticize?

    No. The solution is to allow people to criticize freely, then judge each criticism on its merits.

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