Commentary by Kay B. Day
Republican senator Ted Cruz (Texas) may be the first viable candidate to announce, but wannabes waiting in the wings have already filed an official federal Statement of Candidacy Form to register as a 2016 presidential candidate.
Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks, easily capturing honors for most descriptive name, hails from Buffalo in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Buttocks is running as an independent.
Buttocks will have competition from candidate Pogo Mochello Allen-Reese who filed in February, 2014 as Reese Pierluisi of Sugar Land, Texas. Keenly aware of social media, Pierluisi included his Facebook page, email address, and website URL on the return address part of the envelope he used to mail in his federal form. The FEC lists Pierluisi as a Republican.
Some 2016 hopefuls have tried before. Kip Lee, of Redding, Calif., who lists the Libertarian Party as his affiliation, has filed candidacy statements dating to 1993. There was a bit of a mixup Lee admonished the Federal Elections Commission about:
“In the 2012 listings in a packet, You have me listed as a DEMOCRAT.I ask you change to read as a LIB, a Libertarian in the packet of 2013. Read me as a LIB.”
Did the FEC translate ‘lib’ as ‘liberal’ as in ‘Democrat’—standard stereotype promoted by pop culture? Today’s Democrats are anything but liberal in the true sense of the word.
Elaine Whigham Williams, Democrat from Orlando, filed her paperwork on March 10, 2014. She had a website at the time, but it has expired.
Willita D. Bush of St. Louis has filed as a Green Party candidate. Her form contains the notation “testing the waters.” Bush has a website up but the content isn’t fleshed out yet—there’s a “Check back soon” greeting on the portal page.
Considering there are already 196 candidates and many more to come from the Republican, Libertarian, and Democrat sectors of the aisle, 2016 is shaping up to be a year promising Americans an abundance of choices for commander-in-chief. The FEC specifies a 15 day deadline to file FEC Form 2 after an individual becomes a candidate.
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