Whigs Return

Ocala, Florida — For the first time in more than 150 years, a candidate is running for federal office under the Whig Party. On Thursday, Craig Porter of Miami became qualified to run for Congress’ 25th District in South Florida as a member of the Florida Whig Party. The Whig Party was once one of the two major political parties of the United States, from 1833 to 1856. Two U.S. presidents were elected from the Whig Party, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor. Both died in office, and were succeeded by John Tyler and Millard Fillmore. Fillmore was the last Whig to hold the nation’s highest office. The Florida Whig Party is a more recent creation, having formed in 2006. A press release announcing Porter’s eligibility to run for Congress listed … eight key issues for his platform.

Interesting. The Florida Whig Party, created in 2006, predates by a few years the current Tea Parties, but appears (according to that press release) to share the same philosophy and goals. Unfortunately, running as a third party candidate (and thus splitting the votes on your side of the spectrum) is usually a recipe for letting the other side win. (That’s why the Dems tried to run a bogus Tea Party candidate in Nevada to siphon off GOP votes and save Harry Reid’s reelection – a gambit which is currently unlikely to succeed, although a lot can happen in the next seven months.) The short news article above doesn’t say anything about the other candidate(s) in the race.

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