Alan Keyes to announce break with GOP

From Alan Keyes for President:

Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes has chosen April 15 to make a major announcement of his intentions, following indications he has broken with the GOP.

A life-long Republican who has increasingly cited the party’s failure to match conservative rhetoric with actual performance in the political arena, Keyes said he will reveal his reasons for departing the GOP at a press conference scheduled for 8:30 pm ET, at the Best Western Genetti Inn in Hazleton, PA.

The event will be video-streamed live at Keyes’ website [here].

Keyes added that he is looking to the Constitution Party as a possible home for his future efforts in politics, including a potential run for president in the 2008 general election.

“No other ‘third party’ is as well-established as the Constitution Party,” said Keyes. “They’ve been around since 1992, and have built a significant grassroots presence among patriotic, Constitution-minded citizens — with a registered membership of over 350,000. Conservatives have a home in the CP that they can find nowhere else, given the decline in the Republican Party’s credibility as a voice and vehicle for conservatism.”

Regarding his potential third-party candidacy for president in the fall, Keyes said, “I believe people deserve a choice. They certainly deserve a conservative choice — something neither John McCain, Hillary Clinton, nor Barack Obama can offer voters. All they can offer is empty promises based on liberal track records.”

Symbolic of Keyes’ break with the Republican Party is a caricature of the GOP logo — upside down — on the front page of his website.

The Constitution Party will hold its nominating convention April 23-26 in Kansas City.

According to Dan Smeriglio, a Keyes supporter who is helping to arrange the event, the former Reagan administration diplomat chose to make his announcement in Hazleton because of the town’s strong stance on illegal immigration.

“I understand a good portion of his speech next week will center on illegal immigration,” Smeriglio said. Smeriglio and a group he represents, Voice of the People USA, have been vocal in opposing illegal immigration since Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta introduced the Illegal Immigration Relief Act in 2006 — thrusting Hazleton into national prominence in the movement to stem illegal immigration.

Keyes — who has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard and wrote his dissertation on constitutional theory — served as Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, as well as Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, where he represented U.S. interests in the UN General Assembly.

40 Responses to “Alan Keyes to announce break with GOP”

  1. Kevin Thompson Says:

    Welcome Aboard, Dr. Keyes!

  2. Cody Quirk Says:

    One things for sure, I would be OK with Keyes being a CP member.

  3. Jerry S. Says:

    Hmmm, does the CP have it built in the budget to put him on the payroll ? If not, you need to get busy donating friends .

  4. Tom Says:

    Root unviels a Consitutional method to eliminate all
    Un-Constitutional spending. The headline that Root wants to “Cut JUST a FEW programs” is wrong. He wants to cut them all. Just read it. It’s beautifully constructed.

    Read the proposal and then go to www.rootforamerica.com
    and see for yourself.

    This is a bold and intelligent proposal any one who wants to restore Constitutional disapline must read.

  5. GW. Brown Says:

    Alan Keyes may or may not be the Constitution Party Presidential Candidate, but I hope no ones tries to drive him out of the party like was done to Jim Gilchrist. By the way Gilchrist was a life long member of the California AIP till driven out and now member of the other party.(Republican)

  6. Trent Hill Says:

    GW. Brown,

    It is my intention to make sure that does NOT happen. Jim Gilchrist was a several-year members of the AIP and our best congressional candidate ever. He also was willing to run for President and could have garnered alot of press, money, and votes.
    So while I do not support Keyes for President—I’ll be fighting to make sure he feels welcome in the party.

  7. Texas Conservative Says:

    I support Dr. Keyes for CP presidential nominee! It’s awesome to see the fusion of party and candidate in agreement with a powerful base to work with and with no distractions or CFR intruders backstabbing their own. AND FOR the payroll comment, believe me, I would gladly pay any guy who would go out in the political public and take up the conservative cause to the fullest like Dr. Keyes has done. NO one else has even dared go as far as he has done to fight in the trenches for conservativism. Who else helped engineer the creation of the Minuteman? Terri Schiavo, Judge Moore? FOR CP’ers this should be the proof needed, ask to see the battle scars!

  8. NewFederalist Says:

    He sure is a compelling orator but I would rather see Roy Moore head the ticket.

  9. Red Phillips Says:

    It’s awesome to see the fusion of party and candidate in agreement…

    TC, you keep on believing that they are in agreement. If they are in such perfect agreement then why are so many CP members objecting to Keyes?

  10. Ronald Monroe Says:

    Once again I welcome Mr. Keyes to the Constitution Party assembly at Kansas City and his potential run for president in the 2008 general election. I hope Keyes like other conservatives find a home in the CP that he did not find in the Republican Party.

    I hope our delegates are ready to have three days of speeches, election then a celebration. As you know we have Keyes, Baldwin and hopefully Moore, all running for the Constitution Party Candidate for President of the United States.

  11. Ronald Monroe Says:

    Once again I welcome Mr. Keyes to the Constitution Party assembly at Kansas City and his potential run for president in the 2008 general election. I hope Keyes like other conservatives find a home in the CP that he did not find in the Republican Party.

    I hope our delegates are ready to have three days of speeches, election then a celebration. As you know we have Keyes, Baldwin and hopefully Moore, all running for the Constitution Party Candidate for President of the United States.

  12. Red Phillips Says:

    Ugh! Mr. Monroe, if Keyes is the nominee then a lot of the party will not be celebrating. They will be crying. I can’t figure out if you are a closeted Keyes supporter or are just naive. There is nothing to discuss or speechify about. Keyes is not an acceptable nominee. Period. I know. I know. We need to be “open” to advocates of pre-emptive genocide.

  13. Trish Says:

    My vote is that Ron Monroe is naieve. Terribly, terribly naieve. I put Kevin Thompson in the same category.

  14. Lex Says:

    Someone ought to remind every media outlet that ever labeled Ron Paul “the longest of long shots” that he wasn’t even close—the Republican Party had 4 top tier candidates and 9 long shots, by my count, and Ron Paul came in 4th place by most objective analysis.

    Top tier: McCain, Romney, Giuliani, Thompson (Fred)

    Long shots: Huckabee, Paul, Thompson (Tommy), Hunter, Tancredo, Keyes, Cox, Brownback, and Gilmore

    Of those, John Cox was clearly the longest of long shots, followed closely by Keyes. Huckabee surprised and pass Giuliani and Thompson, as did Ron Paul, to a lesser extent.

  15. Ronald Monroe Says:

    Red and Trish, I may be naïve but I am willing let the delegates at the National Convention decide on who will be our next Candidate for President of our party. I will have a vote will ether of you. By the way I haven’t made up my mind yet all three have there good points.

  16. Trent Hill Says:

    Ronald,

    Im willing to listen to what Keyes says. It doesnt mean im any more likely to support him, or any less.
    However, I want to listen to his April 15th address,which will be his first address specifically to the Constitution Party.

  17. Ronald Monroe Says:

    Trent, good for you. That is the American way. I hope to see you at the National Convention

  18. Donna Says:

    I, too, welcome Dr. Keyes and his followers into the CP. This is where they have needed to be for years! If, as Red says, that a lot of the Party will be crying should he receive the nomination, then those cry-babies needed to take action and take part to have their voices heard and cast their vote accordingly. Computer cowards don’t count. That is why the MO delegation is required to be in attendance on both days: On Friday so they can hear ALL the candidates speak before casting their meaningful and precious vote on Saturday. As far as Judge Moore and Dr. Paul are concerned….....well, they were invited to the Party, and they refused. We can only assume they prefer their elephant friends more than us eagles.

  19. Alicia Says:

    Why does Keyes decide to join the CP only after he fails to get on the ballot or get attention elsewhere?
    He’s just another opportunist. If he was on the ballot, he would not give a lick about the Constitution Party.

  20. Red Phillips Says:

    Give me a break Donna. All this shilling to get people to go to the Convention sounds like a fund raising ploy. It is one extended late night infomercial. “Come to the convention and you will be healthy, wealthy and wise.” I intend to go, if I can make a few arrangements at work, but whether 2 or 2000 people show up ate the Convention has nothing what-so-ever to do with whether Keyes is an acceptable nominee. He simply is not, unless we are the party of pre-emptively killing the Islamomeanies while singing the praises of Lincoln and Strauss.

    “Cowards?” Are you sure you don’t want to withdraw that little un-Christian slander? All the Internet and otherwise opposition to Keyes IS MATTERING, and you know it is!

  21. Gary Odom Says:

    Ronald Monroe Says:

    April 14th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
    Once again I welcome Mr. Keyes to the Constitution Party assembly at Kansas City and his potential run for president in the 2008 general election. I hope Keyes like other conservatives find a home in the CP that he did not find in the Republican Party.

    I hope our delegates are ready to have three days of speeches, election then a celebration. As you know we have Keyes, Baldwin and hopefully Moore, all running for the Constitution Party Candidate for President of the United States.

    Red Phillips Says:

    April 14th, 2008 at 3:18 pm
    Ugh! Mr. Monroe, if Keyes is the nominee then a lot of the party will not be celebrating. They will be crying. I can’t figure out if you are a closeted Keyes supporter or are just naive. There is nothing to discuss or speechify about. Keyes is not an acceptable nominee. Period. I know. I know. We need to be “open” to advocates of pre-emptive genocide.—————————————————————————————————————————
    The difference is that Mr. Monroe is actually going to be at the convention participating in the decision making process as a delegate from Michigan, a ballot qualified state. He knows that it makes sense to welcome people who want to join the Constitution Party, if we want the party to grow and then it will be up to those new people to prove themselves or not.

    As I have said before, we perhaps don’t want to be the endless “big tent” that is the Republican Party, but we don’t want to be a “phone booth” either.

    And by the way, there is nothing at all wrong with strongly stating your preference or condemning those who you oppose, Red, but are you going to feel the least bit bad or guilty if we DO nominate a candidate who you CAN get behind and you have done nothing, or not enough, to get the party on the ballot in Georgia?

    Only action and results matter. Talk, unsupported by constructive action is meaningless.

  22. Alicia Says:

    Gary,
    Keyes is not going to stretch us from being a phone booth. Others will not join in if they know Keyes is with us. His support has dwindled and his critics increased. Having Keyes as the nominee effectively ends the CP for this election period.
    DO YOU HEAR ME?

  23. Red Phillips Says:

    Gary, as I have said before, it is virtually impossible to get on the ballot in Georgia without paid petitioners, and you know it. Is this the way it is going to be? People from States who have ballot access because ballot access is easier have more clout?

    And the talk of the Keyes critics has not been meaningless as I told Donna, and you know it. Some in the Party were clearly not expecting this sort of opposition, and it is making a difference.

  24. Gary Odom Says:

    Red,

    You seem to assume that everyone who generally welcomes Dr. Keyes and his supporters into CP are necessarily supporting him or that they are stupid or politically naive. That is a silly and errouneous
    assumption to make.

    Glad you’re coming to Kansas City. We’ll see you there.

    Shilling? Fundraising ploy? Have you ever run a campaign or chaired a political organization. Do you expect to do it without promoting events or raising money?

    Also, go out on the street and talk to the average voter and ask them their attitude about “Straussians.” I’d be interested to see what responses you get. It is these average Americans, for better or worse, who will be voting, remember? You can shout from the rooftops about “Straussians” all day and all night and I doubt many of them will care. Those who give you more than a blank stare will probably think you want to waltz with them.

    By the way, Abraham Lincoln is dead! He certainly brought about a number of evils in the area of abuse of federal power and he directly or indirectly caused the death of hundreds of thousands of Americans during the War Between the States, but going out of ones way to condemn Abe in 2008 is probably not the best strategy for winning votes. I certainly don’t recall Ron Paul knocking himself out to rewrite the history books about President Lincoln. Most people, astonishingly enough, don’t consider Abraham Lincoln a primary politcal issue in 2008.

    I think your political views, certainly on foreign policy, are probably pretty identical with my own. I just wished you had a more practical approach to achieving the results you seek.

  25. Red Phillips Says:

    Gary, I am not yelling Strauss or Lincoln to the voters. The voters are not my audience here. My audience is people who consider themselves to be conservatives. In fact, so conservative they belong to a third party instead of to the GOP. That is my audience at present. Those people should understand the significance of Strauss and Lincoln and should know better. In a campaign, I certainly would not lead with Strauss.

  26. Sean Scallon Says:

    Looks like the Pennsylvania chairman isn’t extending a warm greeting as one will find out by linking to Conservative Heritage Times at http://conservativetimes.org/?p=1826. In his words:

    Chuck Baldwin is our Nominee I will vote for him. If Alan Keyes is the Nominee I will write in Ron Paul. So will many people like me.

    - Hagan Smith

    Mr. Keyes and his supporters are certainly entitled to join the CP if they like. There’s just happens to be a large group of people within the party and those who sympathize with it that Mr. Keyes would be wrong as the party’’s nominee due to his past associations with neocons, due his views on certain issues and due to the fact every campaign he’s run has not been run well, has had problems with the FEC and winds up with Mr. Keyes using party treasuries and donations as his personal piggy bank.

    It’s nothing personal. It’s just the way many of us feel. I understand some see his name and think that alone will lead to more votes. Maybe it will. But we also feel it will lead to more headaches than their worth. We think there are better candidates like Judge Moore or Rev. Baldwin to lead the party in November.

    Come what may, I myself, if Keyes wins fair and square, will not urge any kind of splintering of the party or any kind of schisms whatsoever because would be a waste of time and be destructive. However, all of you who will pick the next CP presidential nominee have been warned and put on notice as to the kind of problems you may face with Keyes as your nominee judging by his past performances as a candidate for President three times and as U.S Senate candidate three times. Look it up for yourself. If those warnings turn out to be true, needless to say, the party will suffer the consequences. Just keep that in mind.

    Mr. Keyes and those who are his fans are certainly wlecome to join the Constitution Party if they wish

  27. Sean Scallon Says:

    greeting as one will find out by linking to Conservative Heritage Times at http://conservativetimes.org/?p=1826. In his words:

    Chuck Baldwin is our Nominee I will vote for him. If Alan Keyes is the Nominee I will write in Ron Paul. So will many people like me.

    - Hagan Smith

    Mr. Keyes and his supporters are certainly entitled to join the CP if they like. There’s just happens to be a large group of people within the party and those who sympathize with it that Mr. Keyes would be wrong as the party’’s nominee due to his past associations with neocons, due his views on certain issues and due to the fact every campaign he’s run has not been run well, has had problems with the FEC and winds up with Mr. Keyes using party treasuries and donations as his personal piggy bank.

    It’s nothing personal. It’s just the way many of us feel. I understand some see his name and think that alone will lead to more votes. Maybe it will. But we also feel it will lead to more headaches than their worth. We think there are better candidates like Judge Moore or Rev. Baldwin to lead the party in November.

    Come what may, I myself, if Keyes wins fair and square, will not urge any kind of splintering of the party or any kind of schisms whatsoever because would be a waste of time and be destructive. However, all of you who will pick the next CP presidential nominee have been warned and put on notice as to the kind of problems you may face with Keyes as your nominee judging by his past performances as a candidate for President three times and as U.S Senate candidate three times. Look it up for yourself. If those warnings turn out to be true, needless to say, the party will suffer the consequences. Just keep that in mind.

  28. Texas Conservative Says:

    If you don’t like Alan Keyes, that is ok. But to categorize him as an opportunist or as a moneymaker is ridiculous and makes me categorize you as ignorant of the facts. AGAINSHOW me one other person on EARTH, yeah I said Earth, who has fought and done what Keyes has done for conservative causes? The battle scars are there, ask him if you want to know but please don’t accuse him of being arrogant for saying the truth. AND dont’t just judge him by what he says on April 15th, look at his track record, look at his accomplisments and resume, read his writing, watch his videos. Then judge, its our right to speak to do so.

  29. Trent Hill Says:

    I suspect Keyes will largely base his campaign around Illegal Immigration. This will target the anti-illegal immigration folks that once said “No way im voting for John McCain”—and it would be a big score.

    I think he can still do this as VP,and he wont be as derisive since he wouldnt be carrying the banner.

  30. Dave Williams Says:
    1. Cody Quirk Says:
      April 14th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    “One things for sure, I would be OK with Keyes being a CP member.”

    Welcome back ….moron. (Red, I thought you might like that one.)

  31. kerwin Says:

    Keyes has accomplished absolutely zero so far. He was not allowed to write policy when employed at the UN. He has not won any election ever. He even cut off support for his daughter when she was in college thereby forcing her onto welfare and soup kitchens. Nice guy, great parent. BLECH

  32. chistina Says:

    Alan Keyes speaks for millions of conservatives who are frustrated atthe republican party. Alan Keyes is more in line with our hero, Lou Dobbs on CNN. Go Alan, you are being heard! (=

  33. Kevin Thompson Says:

    Trish,

    What is it that makes me “terribly, terribly naieve?”

  34. Sean Scallon Says:

    Uhh, TC we have looked at Mr. Keyes’ record and it’s not a pretty one to say the least.

  35. Trish Says:

    Kevin, you are naieve becaue you actually believe that the CP is a Christian party. It’s a pluralist paleocon party that takes all comers. Most every one who believed the CP was some how a Christian party left over a year ago. Many in leadership and with close ties to the CP leadership have trumpeted the exodus with a “don’t let the door hit ya on the way out” mentality. The rest have essentially stated that they wish these folks would come back, but they can do just fine without them.

  36. Kevin Thompson Says:

    I am under no impression that the CP is a Christian party. Quite frankly, if it ever claimed to be a “Christian party” I may leave. I am not looking to join a church, I already have one, thank you.

  37. Trish Says:

    Nice backstep from your campaign there. Kevin. So rather than being naieve, you are a deceiver. I’m sure your pastor is proud.

  38. Kevin Thompson Says:

    What in the world are you talking about? I have NEVER said the Constitution Party is a Christian party. Not one time. I have said that the CP would work to promote values I as a Christian would also work to promote. I believe Christians ought to vote their conscience and not vote for candidates who support such positions as abortion. Yet, I have never said it is a Christian party. I don’t know where you heard that from. I have not backed down from anything I have said during my campaign. How have I decieved anyone? Before making such a statement, could you show me one piece of truth?

  39. Sean Says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I wouldn’t worry to much about Trish. If she is resorting to name calling so quickly (as we have seen) you would be wise to not engage.
    Sean

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