By Josh Richman
Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 6:39 pm in 2012 presidential election.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen today released the list of generally recognized candidates she intends to place on California’s June 5 presidential primary ballot – and some of them are AWESOME.
For instance, how did I miss the fact that actress, comedienne and nut farmer Roseanne Barr is running for president? Ah, but it’s true! And according to her campaign website, she announced her candidacy way back on Aug. 4 on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, declaring she wouldn’t run as a Democrat or as a Republican “because they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals.” She is seeking the Green Party’s nomination instead. (Note to self: Change registration to Green immediately so I can cast a meaningful vote this year.)
The others pale beside Roseanne, of course, although not by much.
There’s also American Independent candidate Mad Max Riekse of Fruitport, Mich., a retired Army lieutenant colonel who says he would cut the U.S. Department of Education by 80 percent; nominate Clarence Thomas as Chief Justice; leave assisted suicide and medical marijuana to the states to decide; abolish most federal gun laws; deport all illegal immigrants; and “appoint Richard Gere and Steven Seagal as special U.S. diplomats to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, and his government-in-exile.” (“Steven Seagal: Diplomat.” Someone call A&E, quick!)
Bowen can put more names on the list until March 29, when the list of presidential candidates is officially certified, but she can’t take any names off the list once they’ve been announced unless a candidate asks to be removed by filing an affidavit with the Secretary of State’s office. The last presidential primary, in February 2008, had 51 candidates on the generally recognized candidate list; this year’s list has 24 names so far.