As the 2012 presidential race kicks into gear, a voter may well wonder: Who are these people, and what planet are they from?
Let's put it in perspective: The mainstream hopefuls may have weird ideas or crazy eyes, but the fact remains that, in terms of bizarreness, the current crop of candidates aren't within a light year of Prince Mongo, the centuries-old alien from Zambodia, or Scott Malcomson, whose alter ego is an anthropomorphic unicorn. Both candidates may have dwelled in fantastic realms, but they earned real votes, thousands of them, in actual elections.
Electoral history is filled with wacky perennial candidates. After all, one day aliens may land on Earth ask to be taken to your leader. Maybe the best candidate is the one that already speaks their language.
We dug through the election archives and found these 14 candidates who used fantasy, sci-fi and otherwordly concepts to campaign for office.
Lord Buckethead, Gremloid Party
British Parliament, 1987, 1992
Background: A spoof on Darth Vader, Lord Buckethead took on Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and John Major in 1992. It all seems to have been part of an elaborate marketing campaign for the 1984 sci-fi film Hyperspace (aka Gremloids):
Loch David Crane, Democratic Party
Mayor of San Diego, 2012
Background: Crane is a skilled magician and eccentric performer best known for his "Star Trike," a Starship Enterprise replica mounted on a three-wheeled chopper that's been a Comic-Con legend since 1982. Crane has been running for mayor of San Diego for almost as long. He's also a brilliant orator:
Scott Malcolmson, Reform Party
Governor of Arizona, 1998-2002
Background: Also know in the furry community as the unicorn Roy Calbeck, Scott Malcomson was not exactly on scritching terms with the leadership of his party. Quite the opposite: According to his Wikifur page, Malcolmson was perpetually attempting to gore Pat Buchanan.
Platform: I caught him at a debate in 2002 and noted his support for Native American sovereignty and two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew: Code Red.
Result: 8,371 votes in the 2002 general election. He failed to qualify for the ballot in 2002. It didn't help when he was cited for a traffic violation after trotting his campaign on a street median.
Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey
Jonathon Sharkey, Vampires, Witches, and Pagans Party/Independent/Reform Party/Republican
Governor of Minnesota, Congress, President, 1999-2012
Background: Luciferian Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey is not only a perennial competitor on the ballot, but a competitor in the pro wrestling ring. On the side, he sucks blood, makes videos of himself working out and gets arrested. He's also the cheesiest vampire ever:
Philip Sargent, Science Fiction Loony Party
Science Fiction Looney for Parliament, 1976
Background: According to a British sci-fi fan zine from the Prime Minister Harold Wilson era, Sargent was the first candidate recruited to run by the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society, a geek prankster club. He's now an expert on energy issues and posts boating pictures to Facebook.
Platform: To make the Guinness Book of World Records for candidate with the least amount of votes.
Result: Sargent proved more popular than he intended: He received 374 votes, significantly more than the 22 or fewer votes he needed to break the record.
Gabriel Green, Universal (Flying Saucer) Party
President, 1960, 1972 and Senate, 1962
Background: Gabriel Green, a scientist from California, and his vice presidential nominee, Daniel Fry, both claimed to have been in contact with beings from outer space, who he said could "at any time take over between breakfast and lunch and make robots of all of us." Though that would be against their principles.
Michael Jesus Archangel, Republican Party
Background: Michael Jesus Archangel (reportedly his real name) describes himself as God the Great Holy Spirit, Saint Michael the Archangel and Jesus all in one, and also the CEO, president, treasurer and general counsel for the United Domains of Heaven Treasury Corporation. He has a secret CIA fax number.
Platform: He promises to use the War Powers Act to defeat Satan-worshipping Communazis (his word for Democrats) to free the world from poverty, war and taxation. He is against abortion and gay marriage.
Result: While he did announce his candidacy to the great amusement of message boards across the planet, it is unlikely he received any votes, except for maybe his own.
Warren R. Ashe, Democratic Party
Background: He claims to be the president of a Fortune 500 company and able to travel 500 years in the future (where he's already dropped off some sperm and DNA) using flux capacitors and wormholes. He also builds interplanetary spaceships capable of warp speed. According to his Project Vote smart page, he has had a long career in the military and his favorite recording artists are Jay-Z and "Snoops Dog." There are those who believe he is an alien-human hybrid (OK, only this guy).
Platform: Immigration seems to be his top issue, and he promises that illegal European immigrants will be treated the same as those of other ethnicities.
Result: There is no record of Ashe receiving any votes, but he did file official paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.
Jeff Peckman, Natural Law Party
Background: Prior to running for mayor, Jeff Peckman was best known for campaigning for a ballot initiative to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. He claims to have evidence that the little grays have visited Earth. Peckman also markets "Metatron Technology," which blocks evil electromagnet rays and can promote ethical government with a bubble emanating from your computer.
Platform: Emphasizing that he's the only mayoral candidate who has the guts to face the issue of UFOs, Peckman also advocates for the use of brain fingerprinting by law enforcement and using medical marijuana to grow the local economy.
Results: In the mayoral race, he received 803 votes, less than 1 percent of the total electorate.
John Waite, Independent
Spokane City Council, Washington legislature, 2007-2011
Background: The owner of Merlyn's science fiction shop made nerd headlines when he campaigned on Free Comic Book day wearing a Starcraft costume. If Waite is ever elected, he won't be the only geek to represent Spokane: Current Councilman Jon Snyder used to be editor-in-chief of Star Wars Insider.
Platform: Job creation, public safety and "Defeating the Zerg Scourge and Balancing the Budget, Galaxywide."
Results: In 2011, he received 1,109 votes, or about 17 percent of the vote.