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Joe Bellis Joseph K. "Joe" Bellis III (Kansas)

Joe 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..


Gerald Daigneau (I-New Hampshire)

Gerald 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)

W.A. Gregory -- 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.


US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)

Republican 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), The People's McCain Committee 2004 (unofficial), The McCain Reader (negative) and DumpMcCain.com (negative).


Jakob Nielsen (I-California)Jakob Nielsen

Dr. 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.


Andy Nouraee Andisheh "Andy" Nouraee (Georgia)

Andy -- 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 (Pennsylvania) Kurt Weber-Heller

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.


James W. "Jim" Wright (Texas)

Wright -- 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.


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