Chapman accuses Odom of attacking him

Presidential candidate Gene Chapman posted the following to his blog in response to the comments Constitution Party national field director Gary Odom made to the item I posted yesterday concerning Chapman’s complaint that he tried to reach out to the Constitution Party and never received a response:

. . . I’m seeing that I’m getting attacked for not attending the National Meeting of the Constitution Party by the “Field Director” (?) at the Third Party Watch blog, a meeting I knew nothing about, as no one in the party communicated with me or my people from about five contact attempts that we made. Just keeping the facts correct.

Chapman says that he tried calling the Constitution Party five times, but Odom says he never got one message. It seems to me that either one of them is lying or Chapman was dialing the wrong number. Once or twice you could attribute to an oversight, but five unreturned phone calls? Can anyone think of another explanation?

26 Responses to “Chapman accuses Odom of attacking him”

  1. Chris Moore Says:

    You’ll also notice by reading Chapman’s comments on his blog that he didn’t even know the phone number for the national CP until a commenter told him. He even admonished Mr. Oldom for not providing a number.

    I’m wondering how he could have called five times without knowing the phone number he was calling?

    I’d be interested in hearing Mr. Chapman detail his previous attempts at contact. Did someone answer at the number he was calling? If so, who? If not, was there an answering machine? What was the message on the machine? What message did he leave in response?

  2. gene chapman Says:

    No, I just don’t wank around with the CP national phone number in my head, concerning the comment above.

    What should have been done by the Field Director was to call me the moment he found there was a communicaton problem, not leave me a comment with no contact information, then go over to another blog and try to tell me he meant no disrespect but then spend the next several paragraphs tearing me down in public. All unfounded and not well reasoned, in my view.

    I’m trying to save this country from Global National Socialism, and I don’t put up with people acting like they have good intentions out of one side of their mouth and tear others down out of the other side of their mouth. I’m a twice ordained Christian minister; I know the Christian game of politics and backhanded attacks better than most becuse I’ve been in alot of fights for Christian things through the years, having run with Jack Hyles, Lee Roberson and Harold Sightler for a decade. I’m no chump, and the CP leaders will learn that I can be a great benefit to their efforts, if they will make peace with me.

    Gene Chapman

  3. gene chapman Says:


  4. Tom Kovach Says:

    Given that the CP phone number is prominently posted on the party’s Web site, there is no need for anyone to “wank” around with the phone number in his head.

    If Gary Odom didn’t get any messages, then he could not “know” that there was a communication problem. Therefore, how could he do anything to correct it? And, after five phone messages unreturned, wouldn’t it be a good idea to write a LETTER? (I’ve e-mailed and spoken with Gary Odom several times, and I find him to be sincere, politically savvy, quick-witted, and thorough. It is not likely that he would “drop the ball”. So, perhaps he never got the ball in the first place.)

    Further, the National Meeting was publicized on the party’s Web site for weeks (months?) in advance. So, how is it that one could claim not to have received an “invitation”, when the Web site is an open invitation to the whole country?

    If a man spends weeks complaining that he can’t find a political party’s phone number that is posted on the Internet, is that man qualified to earn that party’s endorsement? Is he qualifed to become president?

    After weeks of bad-mouthing the Constitution Party, Mr. Chapman says that the CP should “make peace” with him. But, shouldn’t the one that fired the first (and the most) shots be the one to make the effort toward peace?

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    Gene Chapman,

    The national office’s number is prominently listed on the website, as if contact emails. I have been emailing Mr. Odom for months,and he always returns emails within a day, and answers his phone immediately.
    Mr. Chapman, I will be at the National Meeting in Boise and would be happy to meet with you and pick your brain.
    Remember that you are one of many people who are CAMPAIGNING for the Constitution, Libertarian, and other party labels. So you have to WORK for it.

  6. bcsears Says:

    Sorry Chapman,
    You’re both stupid and scary.
    I’d rather write in Micky Mouse.

  7. Donald Raymond Lake Says:

    Citizens For A Better Veterans Home
    was ‘Chapmaned’ as far as our mail,
    email, and voice attempts.
    FINALLY, months later, we got the
    email notice of the web site.
    A web site which does not include us,
    a May 1998 organization which first
    contacted the local CP group!

    The San Bernardino County AIP
    FINALLY informed us that their state
    secretary was a patient at the older
    site in Napa County and he reported
    no known problems.
    Since then the ‘no problems’ have
    mounted up——in the cemetary!

  8. Anthony Distler Says:

    Anyone else wonder why I left the right of politics?

  9. matt Says:

    This has about as much to do with ‘the right’ as it does with lasertag.

  10. Gene Berkman Says:

    I have known Gary Odom for many years, and he is certainly committed to building up the Constitution Party. He certainly would respond to any communication from someone interested in the Constitution Party.

  11. Reality Check Says:

    Maybe the reason a group calling itself the Constitution Party does not want to return your calls is because you have stated your intentions to suspend the Constitution, declare yourself “Sole Representative of the Sovereign Will of the American People”, and sign legislation “bringing all laws under my immediate control.”

    Maybe it was because you attempted to light yourself on fire in front of the IRS building next to a truck with a leaky propane tank.

    Maybe it was being diagnosed with a mental disorder, taking PRIDE in the fact that you were diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder, and the idea of a man suffering from clinical depression is slightly unnerving to a party that would like to be taken somewhat seriously.

    Maybe it was your two “death fasts” related to your tax-protester nonsense (and curiously you gained weight during both fasts).

    Maybe it was your “exorcism” of an IRS building where you tried to purge the demon “Enslaving Thief” from a 6 story office complex.

    Maybe it is your chats with underage girls on the internet.

    Maybe it is about your bragging about having an IQ of 98.

    Maybe it is your “Libertarian Breeding Program” where libertarian woman would get pregnant every nine months in order to “out-breed” Democrats and Republicans. You know, the plan where you selflessly volunteered to be the father of the brood.

    Maybe it was your thinking Fox News wanted an interview with you and somehow could not figure out how to reach you except by posting to a blog that has your email and other contact info prominently displayed.

    I don’t know Gene, you think maybe, possibly any of these reasons might have something to do with it? Could be? Possible?

    For the record Gene, are you off your Risperdal again? Risperdal for those of you wonder is for antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia treatment. Gene’s suppose to still be taking it.

  12. Gary Odom Says:

    Oh, for crying our loud everybody!

    After I finally learned of the existence of Mr. Chapman I told him he was calling an 800 number that does not even come to my office and that nobody who I talked to ever recalled hearing from him. After I invited him to call my number and told him about our upcoming national committee meeting in April in Boise I received the following message

    “Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the reply. I’ll plan to be at the meeting in April. Do I need
    to jump through any more hoops before we get there? I hear that there are
    several questions I am to answer before I can run on the CP ticket.

    respectfully in Christ,

    Gene Chapman”

    I answered that and then I saw that there was still something about me “attacking” him on his site and I sent him a message indicating that I really didn’t appreciate it and he sent me a brief message saying he had been away from his computer or something of that nature.

    I thought all was warm and cuddly and then I turn to TPW and see all this nonsense and based on Mr. Chapman’s comments above, I guess it was ok for him to lambast the Constitution Party on his website and in TPW for not paying any attention to him, but not for me to respond that with the simple explanation that I’d never heard of the guy. The whole thing is totally ludicrous.

    Gene Chapman, you are welcome to run for President wherever you want, including the Constitution Party. But I gotta wonder, do you suppose Hillary Clinton calls the Democratic Party 800 number to find out how to run for President in that party?

    The best part of this is that it brought out my old friend (and former rival for the 43rd Congressional District) Gene Berkman. Friends, the best discussions about 3rd Party politics anywhere, bar none, take place in his bookstore.

    This is the silliest story on TPW since Chief WannaDubie was profiled for his campaign last year!

  13. Cutty Sark Says:

    Yo, Genie….


    Sure about that? I think you had it right the first time.

  14. Cutty Sark Says:

    I’m a twice ordained Christian minister; I know the Christian game of politics and backhanded attacks better than most becuse I’ve been in alot of fights for Christian things through the years

    Gene, would you be so kind as to tell the good folks out there how your Christian beliefs relate to your stated intent to use your campaign to pick up girls and your fantasy about a “breeding program” with you and Doug as the chief Stallions if you are elected?

  15. Cutty Sark Says:

    Given that the CP phone number is prominently posted on the party’s Web site, there is no need for anyone to “wank” around with the phone number in his head.

    Is it an 800 number? Gene may have dialled the same number but it was a 900 number instead - force of habit, you know. That’s what happens when you wank around with your numbers in your hand, em, head, uh, jeez, let me clean up this keyboard. My fellow Americans, ask not…

  16. Anthony Distler Says:

    That’s it. I’m running for president. Hell, after hearing this guy, and John Bowles in the story above this one, I’m starting to think EVERYONE can run for president.

  17. Cutty Sark Says:

    They seem to have a lot in common.

  18. Joey Dauben Says:

    All of this talk about Gene Chapman isn’t making a productive ounce of good.

    Stick to local stuff. I mean, seriously, if you were a presidential candidate, would you really be spending time writing on blogs? Honestly ask yourself that.

    You guys have way too much time on your hands…

  19. Timm Knibbs Says:

    I attended the last nation committee meeting and to the best of my knowledge Mr. Chapman’s name never came up. It definitely did not come up in any of the meetings and I never heard anyone mention it in any other conversation.

  20. Joey Dauben Says:

    I’ll probably be bolting to the Constitution Party pretty soon.

  21. Trent Hill Says:

    Joey, good news man!
    What state are you in?

  22. Cody Quirk Says:

    Gary is telling the truth, this Gene is nothing but another Marvin Richardson minus the religious extremism.

  23. Joey Dauben Says:

    I’m in Texas.

    Bryan Malatesta and I are good friends.

  24. Trent Hill Says:

    Ah. Well,im in Louisiana. Maybe someday before ‘08,we can do some sort of Constitutionalist outing. We’ll see.

  25. Brad Winthrop Says:


    I have posted local stuff. Compare six comments for “William Potter announces reelection bid” vs. almost thirty comments on this one. Local stuff, by definition, will generate limited interest on a site like this one. As long as alternative parties continue to nominate candidates for national office, it will continue to be relevant here. Considering that Gene and the Constitution Party have apparently reconciled, I think it may have produced an ounce of good after all.

  26. Chris Campbell Says:

    The Constitution Party, the 3rd largest political Party in the United States of America, has for sometime been concerned with the usurpation of power by the Federal Government. We also have been concerned with the Real Id Act of 2005, a Division B of an act of the United States Congress entitled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat. 231 (May 11, 2005).

    This Act, set to take Effect on May 11, 2008, would:
    -impose undue financial costs on the State of North Carolina
    -take from the State of North Carolina powers left previously only to it, of the issuance of drivers’ licenses
    -place a citizens personal information on a card that could be used for criminal gain, with the possibility of financial and medical information. This card would be swiped through readable technology, instead of the traditional method of police interview.
    -Be used for possible checkpoints throughout the United States.
    As Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tx) has said:
    This legislation gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to expand required information on driver’s licenses, potentially including such biometric information as retina scans, finger prints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology. Including such technology as RFID would mean that the federal government, as well as the governments of Canada and Mexico, would know where Americans are at all times of the day and night. (Ron Paul -A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform, Before the US House of Representatives, February 9, 2005)
    Therefore, we the members of the Constitution Party of North Carolina-in solidarity with the Legislature of Maine and several other states now considering similar measures, call on our elected North Carolina State Legislators to pass this resolution:
    WE, the Members of the Legislature of the State of North Carolina now assembled, most respectfully present and petition the President of the United States and the United States Congress, as follows:
    WHEREAS, the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 mandates an unfunded national driver’s license on the people of North Carolina, and;
    WHEREAS, implementation of REAL ID would cost North Carolina taxpayers approximately $200-$400 million (conservatively out of the $11 billion total cost), and;
    WHEREAS, the REAL ID national database will invite theft of identity and invasion of privacy, and;
    WHEREAS, REAL ID will impose inconveniences and higher taxes on North Carolinians with no attendant benefit such as protections from terrorism; now, therefore, be it
    RESOLVED: that North Carolina State Legislature refuses to implement the REAL ID Act and thereby protest the treatment by Congress and the President of the states as agents of the federal government; and be it further
    RESOLVED: That the North Carolina State Legislature implores the United States Congress to repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005; and be it further
    RESOLVED: That official copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States; the Honorable Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff; the Honorable Michael Easley, Governor of the State Of North Carolina; Richard Cheney, President of the United States Senate; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; and each member of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation.

    We, the Members of the Constitution Party of North Carolina, do call upon the elected Legislators of the State of North Carolina, to pass this resolution without delay. We call on the North Carolina Legislature to pass laws interposing the power of the State of North Carolina, between her citizens and this unconstitutional attack on their liberties and welfare.

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