Friday, March 09, 2007

Dead Presidents Walk Among Us!

Thomas Jefferson would like to be President of the United States again. Well, okay, he's August "Gus" Jaccaci, a Jefferson impersonator -- which is lucky for him, because Jefferson already served two terms! Kathryn Skelton, reporter for the Lewiston Sun Journal, tells us more. Full article available through "Source" link at end of excerpt.
Dead president: Vote for me
By Kathryn Skelton, Staff Writer
Friday, March 9, 2007

A Thomas Jefferson impersonator from New Gloucester will announce his write-in campaign for president of the United States today - as Thomas Jefferson.

He's got a platform and, he swears, plans for campaign swings through New Hampshire, Nevada and Iowa, all in character.
The kickoff is planned for noon at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., where Jaccaci said he has taught, coached and worked as assistant to the dean of admissions.
Jaccaci, who turns 70 today, said he "absolutely" expects he'll be taken seriously.

He boiled down his campaign themes to: "End war. Love nature. And know your neighbors."

And yes, he anticipates some ribbing.

"I've been doing this for 10 years and people have asked, 'What about Sally Hennings and why didn't you let your slaves go?' That's part of the dance; I'm always ready and willing and eager to deal with whatever the public wants to talk about."
"The current political scene needs somewhat of a radical facelift," Jaccaci said.

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