Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Daniel John Essek
Sonny Landham wasn't the only would-be dark-horse candidate in the recent election.
A Whitley County truck driver named Daniel Essek ran for Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's senate seat, and actually garnered 14 percent. That may not seem statistically significant to you, but 14% is actually quite impressive considering Essek ran his campaign with very little money or publicity, and his press releases were rife with misspellings. With more of a budget and more of a staff, Essek could very well be a contender in 2010.
However, Essek's latest scheme is getting him some very bad press indeed. Essek has announced his intention to file papers to ask that President-Elect Barack Obama be compelled to submit his birth certificate to a judge in London, KY in order to prove his U.S. citizenship.
In preparation for this action, Essek has filed a request for permission to file a court case without having to pay a fee, citing an inability to afford it. "I also affirm, owing to my poverty, having not the money, request all fees of this filing and service be waived", he wrote.
In his legal motion, Essek stated he heads an organization called The Society for Liberty and Prosperity, which has no members. Despite this, the organization somehow held an organizational meeting at Essek's home in Emlyn, KY this past weekend.
You can read more about it here and here.