Constitution Party Gains a Mayor

It appears that the mayor of the tiny town of Paynesville, Minnesota has given the Constitution Party reason to celebrate.

Jeff Thompson has been the mayor of the town, with a population of about 2,300 people, since first being elected in 1996.

Although the post is non-partisan, Thompson does have a history of activism within the GOP, and is redirecting his energy into growing the Constitution Party. He was recently re-elected to a new mayoral term that will expire in 2008, and he will be working to establish the Minnesota chapter of the CP’s new “Veteran’s Coalition.”

Information on the town:
http://www.paynesvillemn.com

Part of the letter from the CPMN’s website...

I’ve also been involved in non-partisan politics and local government. I’ve served on the Paynesville city council since 1989. In 1996 I ran for, and was elected mayor, and have served in that position since. On November 7th I ran again and was elected to my sixth two-year term.

Above I referred to my so-called maturation. But as I’ve matured and gathered experience, I’ve come to understand that it is not I that has changed. What has changed is what our so-called “major” parties have become and have to offer. Like big-box super stores, they’re willing to promise, say, or do anything to get our vote or contribution. We’re the sweatshop workers toiling away for the benefit of others. We’re the small business owners run out of town over political greed. Lobbyists, PACS, special interest groups, and party leaders make up the political boards of directors. I began to wonder if there was a political party at all that was a steady, principled party that had any values at all.

I’ve been studying the Constitution Party for some time, and have seen it as a very principled party, with a very strong and stable platform. But, I had been hesitant to take the plunge until learning of the new Veteran’s Coalition. At last I’ve found a party that takes our country’s veterans seriously and is not interested in using them as political pawns or cannon fodder in political battles.

For 25 years I served as an active duty, Army Reserve, and Minnesota National Guard soldier. That career included serving as a Military Intelligence battalion operations NCO, and stints as a First Sergeant in both the Army Reserve and Minnesota National Guard. Today I embark on a new mission.

Upon consultation with the Constitution Party of MN chairman, I hereby announce my service as the founding chairman for the CPMN chapter of the Constitution Party Veteran’s Coalition. Please watch for details in the coming months as developments occur. With that, I just would like to say that I am delighted to be on board with the party of “conservative” principle here in Minnesota, and am looking forward to getting involved with the CPMN and Veteran’s Coalition.

The site also notes that the Minnesota Constitution Party re-elected Marcie Stromgren from Duluth to another four year term as St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, and another CP candidate polled 40% of the vote for city council in the city of Blaine.

Overall, this is turning out to be a very nice year for the Minnesota Constitution Party.

21 Responses to “Constitution Party Gains a Mayor”

  1. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    California’s Ronald Grundman, twice CP affilliate [American Independent Party] for United States Sentate is a Constitution Party type guy whom ‘gets it’ with abused veterans issues. *

    Although the state reform party went with Lib [sitting judge] Jim Gray in 2004 both the districts near veterans homes recommended Grundman.

    We non Democans and non Republicrats have got to continue to recommend [nominate, endorse, promote] other folks candidates in races where we don’t ‘have a dog in the hunt’. We would say this is especially true of Reform and VETS. To go it alone when ya don’t even have a candidate is suicide!

    • Standing ovation on veterans issues in 2004 nat’l CP convention!
  2. RCAIP Says:

    Yep, it certainly looks like God is punishing the CP for keeping Nevada…

    NOT!

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  4. Kris Overstreet Says:

    I congratulate Mr. Thompson for finding the political party that best represents his beliefs.

    I think those beliefs are very WRONG if he’s going with the CP, but at least he’s being honest enough to recognize that you can’t get what you want if you don’t act to support it.

  5. Derek Says:

    Well, well, look at that! This week has been a good one for the Libertarian Party and Constitution Party. I have to congratulate the CP for their state rep in MT and also the incorporation of this Mayor. Together with Bob Barr’s incorporation to the LP, for those who predicted 08 was going to be a very weird year, keep it up because if these 2 can help get both the LP and CP on track, 08 might be the biggest surprise in American elections in a long time. 08 is going to be great, I don’t know why but I smell a voter revolution coming up. Third parties stay united because the duopoly won’t know what hit them. Congrats to all and good luck with the beginning of the local and federal campaigns!

  6. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    The Libs as the one world no borders party.
    CP as the Bible Thumping, anti gay, anti abortion party.
    The Dems and the GOP are the in power bad guys.
    But LP and CP/AIP/IAP cabal are ‘oil and water’!

  7. RCAIP Says:

    “CP as the Bible Thumping, anti gay, anti abortion party.”

    -Uhmmmm, take out the Bible Thumping part; those people left, and plus a large percentage of the CP is LDS:)

  8. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    And yet nationally they have an enduring reputation of being anti Saints

  9. Trent Hill Says:

    Ummm….why?

  10. RCAIP Says:

    Citizens,

    Yes, it was true back in the old days (a few years ago)...

    But not anymore!

    LDS have been rising in rank in the CP, besides having 4 LDS state Chairmen. We have two LDS Area Directors and a National Communcations Director that’s a BYU graduate. We’ve been running many LDS candidates in the past few years. Besides the Hansen family in Nevada, and the Utah Party, Ed Noonan was the Cali. candidate for Governor- Ed is also our State Chair and a Ward Mission Leader for his local Ward (congregation).
    And we make up as much as one-third of the members on the national committee of the CP.

    the Saint-haters not only have lost their rank in the Party and moved underneath the rug, but are finally leaving the Party- as I say it again for the zilllionth time.

    It is with hope that we elect a LDS national chair or vice-chair at our next convention, which we have a good chance of doing so.

    ....And no, even if we made a majority in the Party, we will NOT endorse Mitt Romney, he’s way too moderate-GOP for us!

  11. Sean Scallon Says:

    I hate to toot my own horn (even thought I have to because I’m selling a book) but the idea of Veterans Coalition is something of influence of mine from Beating the Powers that Be. I make the point in my book that non-major parties need to start building themeseles the way the major parties do, through using building blocks of different kinds of voter groups whether ethnic, economic or cultural rather than just through ideology as has been done in the past. Veterans are such a voting group and putting together a veterans colation is way to reach such members in order to bolster the ranks of such parties and it looks like that has taken place here.
    The CP is moving in the right direction because they realize now what it take to build a legitimate party. The Greens understand this too. Now hopefully the LP can as well.

  12. RCAIP Says:

    Agreed Sean.

  13. CaptainNeon Says:

    Cody-

    I know who the 4 Mormon state chairmen are, the Mormon field director, and that Frank Fluckiger is one of two Mormon regional chairmen. Who is the other Mormon regional chairman?

    Where do you come by your claim of over 1/3 national committee members being Mormon? There are almost 300 national committee members. How do you come by that number? Do you mean the Executive Committee of the national Constitution Party? Could you “out” these Mormons for the benefit of the class?

  14. RCAIP Says:

    Hello Ben Powers,

    The other is Scott Bartlett, you should know, you’re in Minnesota, didn’t he speak at one of your state meetings? I know you don’t care for him.

    The Utah Delegation is almost all LDS, the Nevada Delegation is majority LDS, You have LDS delegates from California, a couple from Idaho, South Dakota, and a few other states, There was a LDS delegate with the disaffiliated Montana Party that voted to remove Nevada out of peer pressure.
    Before Tampa, LDS members didn’t have a large percentage of delegates on the national, but since Maryland, Ohio, New York, Oregon and other states and their delegates left, well, statistics have changed and that also includes the flock of LDS conservatives coming over to the Party, just ask Frank or Scott, or Gary Odom.

    I know you don’t care for LDS people in the Party, well, that’s really too bad, we’re here to stay, if you don’t like it, then pack your bags and join the AHP!

    BTW, why do you have the screen name of a movie character that’s played by a pedophile? Hmmm, no wonder you couldn’t muster even half a percentage point in your race for US Senate.

  15. RCAIP Says:

    I take that back, I made two mistakes in my last post-

    I take back my comment on your name- Jackson played Captain Eo, so accept my apologies.

    And the Idaho Party has a majority LDS delegation to the national committee.

  16. Trent Hill Says:

    Whoa.
    RCAIP. Your comments are way out of line. Not befitting a leader of the CP. “CaptainNeon” is entitled to ask a simple question about your statements. I understand you two probably have some sort of rivalry. But I think you can both agree to put aside the “Religious differences” and cooperate for the advancement of the CP.

  17. RCAIP Says:

    CaptainNeon has bashed Mormons many, many times in the past and present, he’s difinally in the P-U-ka camp. Although what I’ve heard and read of his past comments is only the tip of the iceburg.

    Any bigot in the Party stupid and ignorant enough to purify the Party instead of moving forward doesn’t deserve any cooperation! Besides, they don’t want it, they don’t do anything for the Party, and they only want division amonst us.

    Another thing- this guy got ONLY 0.25% of the votes, even both the CP Senate candidates from Nevada and California got more votes then Ben, both number-wise and percentage-wise!
    And Nevada has less registered voters then Minnesota!

    I think there’s a reason for his poor showing.

  18. CaptainNeon Says:

    Cody-

    I simply asked a question, just as Mr. Hill stated. I was not aware that Mr. Bartlett was a Mormon. It didn’t come up in conversation, and I didn’t ask. And once again, I do not dislike LDS people. I have a dear friend from college that has probably the most impeccable LDS credentials. Direct descendent of both Parley Pratt, Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young. He’s willing to be my friend despite the disagreements we have theologically. I ask him simple questions about Mormonism in a clinical acedemic sense and he is more than happy to answer them for me, even inviting me to peruse his extensive and impressive library. I do disagree with the very basic tenets of Mormonism. I care enough about Mormons to show them the fallacies of their religion.

    Why 0.25%? Well, its the best any state-wide CP candidate has done in Minnesota since 2000. The CPMN had state-wide ballot access in 2000, and David Swan got 0.54%. His poor showing required the CPMN to once again gather signatures in the two-week window to register as an “independent” candidate.

    We received 5408 votes in 2006. Over 2.5x the voter turn-out as 2002. The party in Minnesota almost died in 2002, and I have been given a lot of credit over the past three years for re-building the party to what it is now.

    Yes, more help would have been nice. The election’s over, and I will state that I was a very reluctant candidate that did as much as I could personally. I’m not independently wealthy and could not afford to quit my job or “loan” my campaign hundreds of thousands of FRNs. We spent less than a FRN/vote, and took advantage of what was available to us. Was the whole issue with Nevada a factor? I believe so.

    The majourity of CPMN supporters didn’t know where I stood on disaffiliation, and it was agreed that it would not be made an issue by me or any other party leader during the campaign. Due to that, a lot of people on both sides sat out for fear that I was in opposition to their deeply held beliefs. There were people that specifically asked and I was as charitable as I could be to the other side without lying to the person asking.

    Cody, I’ve never met you, but I’d strongly encourage you to study the ballot-access laws of other states before you make some of your claims. Most states do not have the same ballot-access laws as California and Nevada. There’s a lot of anger in you, and I pray that the Lord brings peace to your life. I am currently writing a series for the CPMN, that is to appear in its monthly newsletter, about my experiences as a candidate. Ask Leo Heinze to add you as a subscriber, his e-mail address is LeBev (at) wcta.net .

    As for my own future political involvement, I am taking a year off from party politics so that I can pray and assess where God wants me to put my efforts. My wife deserves as much having spent the last four summers working parades and winters coordinating events. I’m not rushing to the AHP, nor am I bolting from the CPMN. BTW, yes, I am in the Peroutka camp. I consider him my political hero. Peroutka 2004 turned a nearly dead national third party back into the limelight. He deserves at the very least your appreciation for the sacrifices he and his family made to rebuild the CP.

  19. RCAIP Says:

    Cody-

    I simply asked a question, just as Mr. Hill stated. I was not aware that Mr. Bartlett was a Mormon.

    =I’ve heard otherwise. And I also heard you didn’t like him speaking at one of your state meetings.

    It didn’t come up in conversation, and I didn’t ask. And once again, I do not dislike LDS people.

    =Are you sure? I’ve read a few of your sacastic posts from the Constitutionalists discussion forum that says otherwise.

    I have a dear friend from college that has probably the most impeccable LDS credentials. Direct descendent of both Parley Pratt, Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young. He’s willing to be my friend despite the disagreements we have theologically. I ask him simple questions about Mormonism in a clinical acedemic sense and he is more than happy to answer them for me, even inviting me to peruse his extensive and impressive library. I do disagree with the very basic tenets of Mormonism. I care enough about Mormons to show them the fallacies of their religion.

    =You haven’t been courteous or civil in that discourse though. And being a convert, I’ve done plenty of research on my own faith from both sides that only reinforces my personal convictions. In fact a lot of the arguments against the Church are either fabricated or twisted from honest perspective.

    Why 0.25%? Well, its the best any state-wide CP candidate has done in Minnesota since 2000. The CPMN had state-wide ballot access in 2000, and David Swan got 0.54%. His poor showing required the CPMN to once again gather signatures in the two-week window to register as an “independent” candidate.

    =That’s unfortunate, perhaps if the CPMN allowed people to register with the CP without having to agree 100% with the platform, the Abortion issue, blah-blah-blah. Then you guys wouldn’t have to worry about ballot-access. Or, if you aren’t as anal about people joining or registering with the Party as Wisconsin and the other ineffective state affiliates, then have patience.

    We received 5408 votes in 2006. Over 2.5x the voter turn-out as 2002. The party in Minnesota almost died in 2002, and I have been given a lot of credit over the past three years for re-building the party to what it is now.

    =Now if you can keep it ballot-qualified or active.

    Yes, more help would have been nice. The election’s over, and I will state that I was a very reluctant candidate that did as much as I could personally. I’m not independently wealthy and could not afford to quit my job or “loan” my campaign hundreds of thousands of FRNs.

    =Neither are the other CP candidates around the nation.

    We spent less than a FRN/vote, and took advantage of what was available to us. Was the whole issue with Nevada a factor? I believe so.

    The majourity of CPMN supporters didn’t know where I stood on disaffiliation, and it was agreed that it would not be made an issue by me or any other party leader during the campaign.

    =Wise move.

    Due to that, a lot of people on both sides sat out for fear that I was in opposition to their deeply held beliefs. There were people that specifically asked and I was as charitable as I could be to the other side without lying to the person asking.

    =As long as you’re honest, I’ll respect you for that.

    Cody, I’ve never met you, but I’d strongly encourage you to study the ballot-access laws of other states before you make some of your claims.

    =I already know that some states are harder in run in then others, especially in states like Oklahoma, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas.
    But I do know that here in California, it takes 80,000 people to register and ballot qualify a new political party, the AIP barely made it there in 1968, but since then, have kept ballot-access all these years, even with problems running candidates. I admit our name has helped us, but maybe the CPMN ought to chage their name to something more populist-sounding, and maybe you won’t have to worry about ballot-access again. That’s my two-cents worth.

    Most states do not have the same ballot-access laws as California and Nevada.

    =Der!

    There’s a lot of anger in you, and I pray that the Lord brings peace to your life.

    =I’m not angry, I’m just Irish! I come from a incredibly stubborn and hard-working family. My wit is my word. But maybe I do harbor some black feelings from the Past.
    I joined the Party in 02’ with Reed Heustis, whom I regarded as a friend at the time. I thought that the CP would take off once the Buchananite members from the RfP joined ranks. Well, I was young and unrealistic at the time. When the Preamble issue came up, I stayed neutral and spoke for ‘Party Unity’. I believed Reed about the things of Bill Shearer and the leaders of the Party, I did think they were the bad guys and us the good. But then I got to know Bill and the others in the AIP, and in the other states too, and they became my best friends. Reed, on the other hand put more and more distance between us, even when Bill agreed to compromise on the Preamble issue- Reed would have none of it and eventually turned against me when I supported Bill- I was fooled and mislead by Reed and stabbed in the back. And his friends, like Frank Kellam and Angelia Wittman, I realized, were psychotic liars and vipers- with Reed being more like a Devil’s advocate, literally. While people like Bill, Gary Odom, Janine and Chris Hansen I believe are the only ones that deserve to be called Constitutionalists. The chatrooms ran by Reed caused nothing but division and trouble for the Party and only served the GOP in their theocratic viciousness.
    And before then, I was a no-exceptionist on abortion, until I talked to Chris, and realized he was right. Chris Hansen may shoot his mouth off, but only because he’s too honest and has done his homework, more so then I have.

    =So basically, what I have is dark resentment and regret that I didn’t do things differently in the past and didn’t trust the wrong people then.

    I am currently writing a series for the CPMN, that is to appear in its monthly newsletter, about my experiences as a candidate. Ask Leo Heinze to add you as a subscriber, his e-mail address is LeBev (at) wcta.net .

    =Is it availible to read on the CPMN website?

    As for my own future political involvement, I am taking a year off from party politics so that I can pray and assess where God wants me to put my efforts.

    =I’m close to calling it quits as being a County Chairman, temporary, since me and my wife work full-time and raise a child.

    My wife deserves as much having spent the last four summers working parades and winters coordinating events. I’m not rushing to the AHP, nor am I bolting from the CPMN. BTW, yes, I am in the Peroutka camp. I consider him my political hero. Peroutka 2004 turned a nearly dead national third party back into the limelight.

    =He got way more votes then Howard Phillips did in 2000. That’s the only thing I give him good credit for.

    He deserves at the very least your appreciation for the sacrifices he and his family made to rebuild the CP.

    =I campaigned vigoriously for Peroutka in 2004, I put up almost 40 of his signs around my town, in neighboring towns, in front of colleges, and on 4 different freeways. I went to a campaign rally and met him in person, even got to shake his hand. I thought he was great then. Well, when he came down hard on Nevada, especially on the Hansen family, even calling Janine a ‘Murderer’, when she has done much for the Pro-Life cause and picketed countless times outside of the clinics, that really pissed me off, and the Peroutka signs I kept as sovieners I tore up and threw away. It’s ironic that he came out against LDS when he spent so much time in Utah and brown-nosed the Party there in 04’.
    Peroutka is a liar and a bastard and I do thank God that he is out of the CP for good! I won’t give him one single ounce of respect or admiration! The only thing he puts his time and money to is the American View website and John Lofton’s Theocratic vomit!

  20. RCAIP Says:

    Off of the subject…

    On one of your chatrooms, you stated:

    “I challenge Ed Noonan to get a better state-wide percentage than me!”
    —————————————
    Election results:

    Edward C. Noonan= 61,901 votes- 0.71%

    Ben Powers= 5,408 votes- 0.25%

    ED WINS!

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