A white supremacist has won the right to run for Wyoming's vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Daniel Johnson, who 10 days ago announced he had moved to Casper from California, succeeded in obtaining signatures from 479 registered voters to qualify for a spot on the April 26 special election ballot, Secretary of State Kathy Karpan said Wednesday.For Johnson, the achievement gives him a platform on which to spread his views that America is quickly going downhill.
"Whites don't have a future here in this country, and that is . . . one of many issues that I am addressing," Johnson said Wednesday during a telephone interview from California.
The 34-year-old attorney is one of three independent candidates. The others are Craig McCune, who ran for Congress as a Libertarian last fall, and Al Hamburg, a perennial candidate aligned with the New Alliance Party.
The special election was called after former Rep. Dick Cheney, a Republican, resigned the seat after being nominated defense secretary.
State Sen. John Vinich, who fell 1,322 votes shy of knocking U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop out of office last fall, is the Democratic nominee for the seat, and state Rep. Craig Thomas is the Republican nominee.
Karpan said she was concerned about the political ramifications of someone moving into Wyoming shortly before an election and gaining access to the ballot. But she said there was nothing illegal about it.
While Wyoming has residency requirements to run for governor and the Legislature, the U.S. House race is covered by the U.S. Constitution, said Karpan. The only federal requirements, under the constitution, are that the candidate be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the country for seven years, and 25 years old, she said.
Johnson, a lawyer, used the pseudonym James O. Pace to write a book titled "Amendment to the Constitution - Averting the Decline and Fall of America." In that book, which spawned the League of Pace Amendment Advocates, Johnson calls for racial separation.
Johnson said he decided to move to Wyoming because the league decided to move its offices from Glendale, Calif., to Casper, where he said "we have a lot of advocates."