Joseph K. "Joe"
Bellis III (Kansas)
Bellis, a computer software project manager and former evangelical
minister, founded America's
Party in 1998 because he was disillusioned by the existing political
choice presented to the American people. A former Republican and
self-proclaimed "average American" who buys his clothes at garage
sales, Bellis used the amusing campaign slogan of "Not a Lawyer!
Not a Washington Insider! Not a Politician! Just an American, like
you" in 2000. He ended his previous campaign in July 2000 and subsequently
endorsed Pat Buchanan for President. Then, in September 2000, Bellis
announced his candidacy for President in 2004 -- with the proposed
slogan of "Your Voice for Change" (note: this was before he even
knew whether it would be Bush or Gore he was proposing to replace
in 2004). Bellis says he is a "strict constructionist conservative."
He wants to outlaw all abortions, end federal involvement in public
education, transfer most crime-fighting powers to the states, withdraw
the US from the United Nations and the World Bank, cancel the NAFTA
and GATT treaties, tighten immigration restrictions, repeal the
16th amendment (and abolish the IRS), and block "the socialization
of American medicine." He vows to run an "internet-based campaign."
And he's changed his slogan again -- next was "The Quiet Voice for
a Conservative America" ... and last time we checked it was "The
PaleoConservative Voice of America." He ended his 2004 write-in
campaign for President in August 2004, and instead became the Libertarian
Party's replacement nominee for a Congressional seat..
Daigneau (I-New Hampshire)
Daigneau -- a 2000 write-in candidate for President -- had filed
notice with the FEC in December 2000 that he intended to run again
in 2004. However, after getting annoyed with the federal paperwork
involved in making a Presidential race, he filed the following notice
in May 2001 with the FEC: "This is to inform the FEC that I, Gerald
Daigneau, do not want anything to do with the FEC any longer. You
are all screwed up." The FEC treated the handwritten note as Daigneau's
official "Notice of Termination" of his candidacy.
W.A. Gregory (Pennsylvania)
-- who turns 35 in 2004 -- is an 11-year US Marine Corps veteran
and currently a computer systems consultant. He hoped to gain attention
for his campaign by participation in the FX Network's proposed game
show about Presidential candidates. Gregory named his campaign website
"The Plebisciary" -- which, he explains, "I am not sure is a real
word, at least yet. I fished it out of the word Plebiscite." That
relates to his promise to do away with out republic form of government
in favor of direct democracy: "We need to return to popular vote
and opinion with regard to decisions made on behalf of the people
of the US. Personally, I feel that representative government has
become a thing of the past." Describing his campaign as "an experiment
in the validity of the US Constitution," Gregory wants his campaign
to prove elections are about more than the money and influence of
the two major parties. He withdrew in February 2003.
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
US Senator John McCain -- a decorated Navy pilot, former Vietnam
War POW and champion of campaign finance reform -- ran a strong
"outsider" campaign in the early GOP contest states in 2000. Although
he polled well nationally (24%) as a potential 2000 Independent
hopeful for the general election, McCain said he was loyal to the
GOP and would not run that year as an Independent or third party
candidate. Still, Bush and McCain clearly dislike each other --
and this dislike continues to the present day. Although McCain had
a solid social conservative voting record prior to the 2000 race,
he publicly broke with the Religious Right and denounced its leaders
in a 2000 speech. Since then, McCain has evolved into a social centrist.
Since the 2000 race, McCain has evolved into a social centrist and
made a point of expressing support for gay rights, gun control and
health care reform. And -- of course -- campaign finance reform
remains his top priority (the McCain-Feingold bill banning federal
"soft money" was signed into law in 2002). For a period of time
in 2001, it looked like McCain may have been interested in making
an Independent run for President in 2004, but that talk faded away.
McCain seemed to close the door on a 2004 run with these remarks
in August 2002: "I am sixty-five years old ... and facing the question
that comes to everyone blessed with long life. Has my time passed?
Is it time to withdraw from public duty, retire to my home on Oak
Creek, and pursue my private interests? My third term in the Senate
will end in 2004, and I must soon decide whether I want another.
I have had a bout with cancer, and the immortality that was the
aspiration of my youth, like all the treasures of youth, has slipped
away. I did not get to be President ... and I doubt I shall have
reason or opportunity to try again." He shut that door entirely
in January 2003 by announcing he intended to seek Senate re-election
in 2004. After flirting with the possibility of becoming John Kerry's
runningmate in Spring 2004, McCain endorsed Bush for re-election
in June 2004. Other sites related to McCain include: Straight Talk
America (McCain's official PAC),
People's McCain Committee 2004 (unofficial), The
McCain Reader (negative) and DumpMcCain.com
Jakob Nielsen (I-California)
Jakob Nielsen is a well-known computer consultant and expert in
the field of "usability." He briefly waged a less-than-serious bid
for President to bring attention to his call for more user friendly
computer voting system programs. Neilsen emailed Politics1 to say
that -- despite this satirical website -- he's not really running
in 2004. Still, lots of good tips on website design can be found
in the articles on Nielsen's site.
Andisheh "Andy" Nouraee
-- as he was simply identified throughout his campaign web site
-- waged a rather racy and unusual run for President in 2000. Along
with links to music and photography interests, Andy's site also
gave "shopping" tips to would-be Y2K looters ("Steel garbage cans
arenít just useful for breaking storefront windows, you can also
use them to carry away looted goods"). He also recommends an array
of rather graphic sex books in the "notebook" section of his site.
Among his various campaign slogans: "I'm So F***ing President",
"Putting the 'racy' back in democracy" and "Putting the 'vice' back
in service." In his humorous 2000 concession speech -- posted on
the site in English and Spanish -- he wrote that he plans to "resume
the writing and distribution of petulant, self-serving essays with
the intent of positioning myself well for winning the presidency
in 2004." Presumably, that meant a second run was in the works.
By 2003, the stuff about a 2004 run was gone from the site.
Kurt Weber-Heller co-founded the Christian
Phalangist Party of American (CFPA) in 1985. A "Falangist" -- just
in case you've forgotten -- is a follower of the authoritarian
political views advocated by the late Spanish dictator Francisco
Franco (to wit: largely a blend of 1930s fascist ideology, strong
nationalism and conservative Catholic theology). Outside of Spain,
Falanagists in Lebanan succeeded in electing Bashir Gemayel as President
in 1982 -- but he was assassinated by Muslim terrorists before taking
office. The CFPA "is dedicated to fighting the 'Forces of Darkness'
which seeks to destroy Western Christian Civilization." The CFPA
site explicitly defines "Forces of Darkness" as being "Radical Islam,
Communism/Socialism, the New World Order, the New Age movement,
Third Position/Neo-Nazis, Free Masons, Abortionists, Euthanasianists,
Radical Homosexuals and Pornographers." Numerous attacks against
Islam can be found throughout the CFPA site (which also explains
to party's strong for Israel). Yet, despite this lengthy list of
foes that it wishes to destroy -- umm, "defend" themselves against
(the wording they use) -- the CFPA helpfully notes it is "not a
hate organization and does not condone acts of violence or hatred
towards those of differing or opposing viewpoints and lifestyles,
nor does it condone racism in any form." The CFPA promised to "bring
excitement to the otherwise boring American political arena" by
fielding CFPA National Chairman Kurt Weber-Heller as a write-in
candidate for President in 2004 -- but they seemed to have dropped
the idea by late 2003.
W. "Jim" Wright (Texas)
-- along with runningmate Leonard "Len" Foster -- are conservatives
who denounce both major parties, former President Clinton, the FBI,
etc. Like several others listed on this page, the Wright-Foster
team is running an Internet-based campaign under the banner of "Independence
USA." Blasting "politicians, corporations, and foreign powers,"
Foster vows to return control of "America to the Americans" and
protect individual rights. Wright was previously a write-in candidate
for President in 1992 and 2000. Except for adding a mid-page reference
to the Wright Presidential Campaign 2004, it is hard to find
any updates to the site since his 2000 run. He moved away from his
conservative views -- but remained anti-China -- when he ran an
unsuccessful race for the Green Party's nomination for US Senate
in 2002. He took all the Presidential references off of his above
site in 2003, when he announced he would run as a Democrat
for Congress in 2004.