Alliance Party political director Tim Cotton sent out the following email yesterday announcing the selection of 2020 Alliance Party vice presidential nominee Darcy Richardson as the next chairman of the Alliance Party. He replaces the outgoing chairman, former South Carolina Education Superintendent Jim Rex. Richardson is a longtime IPR contributor.
The National Chair of the Alliance Party, Dr. James Rex, has announced that he is stepping down from the position effective Dec 31, 2020. Dr. Rex had graciously accepted an appointment to fulfill the term vacated by former chair Brian Mistrot in September of 2019.
We are grateful for Jim having stepped up to lead the party at a critical juncture. Under his tutelage and leadership we have, in a record setting short amount of time, moved into the national arena as a viable and credible player. Although Jim will remain involved in various capacities, we wish Jim and his family all the best.
Jim has offered this statement, “Allow me to emphasize that my involvement with the Alliance Party is not ending with my approved request to the National Committee to allow me to relinquish the Chair responsibilities on December 31st. Although my personal circumstances will no longer allow me to commit to the hours and effort required of the National Chair, I fully expect to remain significantly involved in whatever ways I can to assist the new Chair and the future efforts of the Alliance.”
We are excited to announce that last evening, the Alliance Party National Committee appointed Darcy G. Richardson to fulfill the term of National Chair which expires in 2023. He will assume the position on Jan. 1, 2021.
Darcy G. Richardson (born December 6, 1955) is an author, historian and political activist.
He was the Reform Party of Florida’s nominee for governor in 2018. In the 2012 presidential election, Richardson challenged incumbent Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in five state primaries.
Richardson was the vice-presidential nominee of the Alliance Party for the 2020 election alongside presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente. The ticket appeared on more than 15 state ballots and finished in 5th place nationally with more than 84k votes nationally.
Darcy is the author of A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign, published in 2002. The book describes in detail the “Clean for Gene” phenomenon that led to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s startling withdrawal from the race and Robert F. Kennedy’s resulting candidacy, as well as the campaigns of Republican Richard M. Nixon and others. He has also authored four books of a planned seven volume series on the history of third party politics in the United States, with a heavy focus on progressive movements. The first volume, “Others: Third-Party Politics From the Nation’s Founding to the Rise and Fall of the Greenback-Labor Party” earned a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) award for 2005.
Richardson has contributed articles to numerous publications and is the co-founder of a blog called Uncovered Politics, which focuses on insurgent candidates and third party politics.
Between 1989 and 1992, Richardson served as the National Chairman of The New Democrats, a Progressive reformist group that included Eugene McCarthy and Gary Hart.
We are excited that Darcy has accepted the position as we prepare to move to the next phase of our ascent as a major player in American politics.
National Political Director