Rep. Mike Pompeo — a freshman incumbent in the safely-Republican 4th district of Kansas — is facing a challenge from Thomas Jefferson.
A part-time stand-up comedian and Libertarian candidate formerly known as Jack Talbert legally changed his name to Thomas Jefferson in an effort to boost his candidacy and garner attention for his Ron Paul-ish views, which include returning the U.S. to the gold standard and restraining the Federal Reserve…
"When people see that Thomas Jefferson's on the ballot, half will think I'm committed to the Libertarian Party and the other half will probably think I should be committed," Jefferson said. "But whether you think it's crazy or not, hopefully it gets people thinking about the founding fathers and Thomas Jefferson in particular and whether we have that form of government still."
And here I thought Black Metrosexual Abe Lincoln was the only historic figure active in current politics. At least Jefferson's wife seems approving of the name change, which suggests that the artist formerly known as Talbert has not taken historical veracity to its endpoint by banging the help.
Should this novel campaign strategy turn into a trend, voters are likely to be confused by the proliferation of Jesus H. Reagans and Franklin D. Kennedys on their ballots, along with a bunch of Ron Paul-inspired candidates who rename themselves after the Founding Fathers. Which is somewhat redundant. Voters aren't going to think a candidate hates taxes and is uncomfortable with black people because his name is Thomas Jefferson. They'll think that because he's a libertarian.
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