Author, political historian and progressive activist Darcy Richardson.
|Born||Darcy G. Richardson
December 6, 1955
|Political party||Peace and Freedom|
|Alma mater||Temple University|
|Website||Darcy Richardson 2012|
In the 2012 presidential election, Richardson challenged incumbent Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in five states. He was later a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Reform Party of the United States of America.
Richardson 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 opportunistic last-minute 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 written for several left-wing blogs and is the co-founder of a blog called Uncovered Politics, which focuses on insurgent candidates and third party politics.
Although a registered Democrat and elected Montgomery County precinct committeeman at the time, Richardson was nominated to run for the position of Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1980 on the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party's ballot line. In that race he finished third with 48,783 votes.
In 1988, the Consumer Party again nominated Richardson, this time to run for U.S. Senate. That same year, Richardson was the national campaign manager of former Senator Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign. McCarthy was also running on the Consumer Party ticket. Richardson was later a senior advisor to McCarthy's final presidential campaign, in which he ran as a candidate in the 1992 Democratic primaries.
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On October 21, 2011, Richardson filed as a candidate in the 2012 New Hampshire Democratic primary and became the first Democrat to file in a primary against President Barack Obama. A total of 14 Democrats, including Obama, eventually filed for the primary ballot. Richardson stated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he decided to enter the race after failing to convince former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to mount a bid. Richardson also noted his campaign was to be national in scope, with plans to file in numerous other states where ballot access laws would allow him to either pay a qualifying fee or gather signed petitions. In addition to New Hampshire, he qualified for a spot on the Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas Democratic primary ballots, and accumulated 41,730 votes at the end of the primary season.
In April 2012, Richardson suspended his presidential campaign, and announced plans to support Reform Party presidential candidate and former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer in the general election. After Roemer ended his campaign, Richardson decided in June 2012 to renew his campaign and seek the nomination of the Reform Party and that of several single-state qualified parties.
After withdrawing from the Reform Party presidential nomination race, Darcy Richardson endorsed Roseanne Barr's presidential campaign and organized a Florida chapter of the Peace and Freedom Party.
|Republican||H. John Heinz III (Incumbent)||2,901,715||66.45%|
|Libertarian||Henry E. Haller II||11,822||0.27%|
|New Alliance||Sam Blancato||4,569||0.11%|