Ever find yourself lying belly down, starring dreamily into the TV during the DNC/RNC and thinking “Gee, one day I want to cast a vote at a presidential nominating convention?”
Meet Dick McCormick. (Hopefully that name already rings a bell due to a lavish ad campaign hosted by this site.)
McCormick is a longtime Capitol Hill resident and financial adviser that’s making a serious, albeit improbable, run for POTUS. At the very least, he wants to get on the Washington state ballot, and that means he needs a convention.
McCormick will be holding his official nominating convention this Saturday in Volunteer Park from 12-4 p.m. According to Washington state law, all independent candidates need to hold a nominating convention where they must collect at least 1,000 verifiable signatures (effectively candidates need around 1,500).
Unfortunately, independent candidates must gather all signatures at the convention, so interested registered voters need to make a personal appearance. McCormick said he’ll have petitioners around for “as long as it takes.”
Signing the petition only shows your support for putting McCormick on the ballot; you’re obviously free to vote your favorite non-Hill candidate in the general election.
The Saturday event will feature McCormick’s convention speech and the formal announcement of his running mate. So come for the democracy-in-action, but stay for a show by Seattle’s The Dudely Manlove Quartet.
McCormick told CHS if he doesn’t get the 1,000 signatures, he’ll carry on as a write-in candidate. If he does make the ballot, he’ll need to win a majority of the statewide popular vote to win all the state’s electoral votes and officially make it on the board (at least that’s the idea, Florida). McCormick is not on pursuing a campaign to get on the ballot in any other state.
McCormick brands himself as a social liberal and fiscal conservative. He’s been a part of the anti-war movement since Vietnam and wants to toss the U.S. tax code. He’s also vehemently opposes the two-party system and sites it as one of his primary reasons for joining the race.