Over the past week I've been writing on some rather unusual Republican Party candidates in the 2010 election, for example the much discussed Kentucky GOP senate candidate Rand Paul who, as it happens, gave an April 2009 keynote address at a rally for the theocratic Constitution Party that wants to impose Biblical law on America and whose ideological guiding light R. J. Rushdoony wanted to impose stoning as a method of execution and thought the Sun revolves around the Earth.
Then came Arthur Robinson, running for Congress in Oregon's 4th District, who, among other things, has proposed dumping oil and nuclear waste at sea and claimed ocean life was "starved" for crude oil. With Robinson I thought the eccentricity meter had red-lined. But I was wrong.
Now comes Tim D'Annunzio, a Tea-Partying congressional candidate vying to be the GOP's nominee in North Carolina's 8th District. The Republican Party is so impressed with D'Annunzio's credentials that they're preemptively releasing dirt about him. Here's some of it:
In Hoke County divorce records, his wife said in 1995 that D'Annunzio had claimed to be the Messiah, had traveled to New Jersey to raise his stepfather from the dead, believed God would drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid as the New Jerusalem on Greenland and found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona. A doctor's evaluation the following month said D'Annunzio used marijuana almost daily, had been living with another woman for several months, had once been in drug treatment for heroin dependence and was jailed a couple times as a teenager.
The doctor concluded that his religious beliefs were not delusional. A judge wrote in a child support ruling a few years later that D'Annunzio was a self-described "religious zealot" who believed the government was the "Antichrist."
I think D'Annunzio may do quite well - in the GOP runoff at least.