News Coverage of John Joseph Kennedy, Write-in Democratic 2004 Presidential Candidate Has Been Intentionally Blocked This Election Year, Angering Millions of American Voters Around the Country
While millions of Americans around the country plan to write in ÂJohn Joseph KennedyÂ on their ballots November 2, 2004, millions more are angry that they were prevented from hearing about Kennedy and his candidacy by the media and the government although numerous attempts were made by professionals within and outside of his campaign. Is this yet another example of manipulation of the American people?
(PRWEB) November 1, 2004
When John Joseph Kennedy first announced his candidacy in July, 2004, media professionals in his campaign were turned away from key media sources in television, radio and the printed press. More than 3,000 press releases went out to the mainstream media: television, radio, newspapers, magazines yet they ignored them. The Kennedy campaign staff also sent video tapes and made personal calls to top television programs with national and international coverage such as, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC News, ABC News, The Larry King Show, Nightline, The Washington Journal, Barbara Walters 20/20(ABC),Good Morning America(ABC), Ted Koppel(ABC), World News Tonight with Peter Jennings(ABC), 60 Minutes(CBS), 60 Minutes II(CBS), MSNBC, Meet the Press(NBC), Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The Today Show(NBC), Face the Nation(CBS), NPR, PBS, The Charlie Rose Show, Connie Chung, The Phil Donahue Show, 48 Hours, The Late Late Show, Unscrewed, Comedy Central, all Clear Channel radio talk shows including such programs as KHOWÂs The Peter Boyles Show(Denver), KIROÂs Mike Webb(Seattle) and Coast to Coast AM where presidential candidates were recently invited as guests. Prominent democratic radio shows were also contacted, such as, Air America, Alternative Radio and Democracy Now. Americans have contacted the Kennedy campaign around the country asking why John Joseph Kennedy has not appeared on these national television and radio programs and have become angry when they discover the repeated efforts made to get him on these shows from the beginning.
Another media example is of a top, highly-rated wire press release company which first told the Kennedy campaign on September 17, 2004 that there was no proof of John Joseph KennedyÂs candidacy and they would not be able to accept a press release until such proof is provided. Just prior to being contacted with the requested ÂproofÂ, KennedyÂs staff was told in a voice message from the PR firm representative that she was not aware of a policy that was in effect about write-in political candidates and the company will not be able to accept any press releases from the Kennedy campaign, but to call them with any questions. The message stated that this information was in an email she had received. When contacted by phone, KennedyÂs staff was told Âthere is an actual, documented policy stating that write-in political candidates cannot send press releases through our serviceÂ and that this policy will be sent to the Kennedy campaign headquarters by fax. A request was immediately made for a copy of the email to also be forwarded which allegedly stated the reasons why the Kennedy press release was declined and why press releases will not be accepted in the future by the Kennedy campaign. To date nothing has been received by the Kennedy staff from this company.
The staff at the Kennedy campaign made great efforts working overtime - literally working around the clock in all time zones to get information about John Joseph KennedyÂs Presidential campaign out to all key media sources around the country. They too have found it disturbing that the media has not responded to this important news in spite of having inside media connections.
GOVERNMENT AND STATES
Certain states either do not provide for write-in presidential candidates, do not allow write-in presidential candidates at all, have provisions for write-in candidates but have staff that are not well informed about the procedures, or have provisions for write-in presidential candidates but do not seem to care about following the procedures.
For example, in the state of Oregon, Margie Franz, Compliance Specialist at the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Office, informed a member of the Kennedy staff (when asked for clarity and verification of elector procedures) that Âhe [John Joseph Kennedy] isnÂt going to win anyway so why bother?Â Ms. Franz continued to say that Âalthough Oregon allows for write-in presidential candidates, write-in candidates never win in Oregon.Â The Kennedy staff member reminded Ms. Franz that she is expressing her opinion. She agreed and gave the staff member the on-line location of the statutes for write-in presidential candidates. She said she will accept what the Kennedy campaign sends in and will file it in the records where they will stay for many years, adding the comment, Âit really doesn't matter.Â
One JJK elector in another state offered to pick up last minute, signed elector forms and drive 90 miles to the capitol to turn them in before the deadline that afternoon. When he arrived at the State Elections office, he was turned away and told they would only accept a list of the names and addresses, not forms, for a write-in presidential candidate and that the deadline was the following day to turn the list in. The JJK elector was very upset that he traveled that distance for nothing and about the misinformation given by the certain staff members of this office in the first place. Although the Kennedy campaign was told the official forms must be signed and turned in, they learned from this experience that the list was acceptable. Within a few minutes, they also learned that the deadline for the list was indeed that afternoon, not the following day as the elector had just been told.
Another example is the state of Florida which denied Kennedy from being on their ballots, deciding to use a voting system preventing voters from writing in any presidential candidateÂs name. This clearly takes away the rights of Americans in Florida to vote for whom they want and they are angry. Along with his campaign experts, Kennedy actually created a minor party called the True Democrat Party, at the suggestion of the Florida Election Board. He filled out the charter and followed every procedure provided by Leslie Sullivan of the Florida Division of Elections and then was denied at the last second for one of their technicalities which they sprung on the last day.
On Sunday, October 31, The Associated Press released the news stating that ÂMany states are facing legal challenges over possible voting problems Nov. 2.Â The states written about in this AP story include Colorado, Florida, Oregon and Wisconsin. Details can be found at:
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Another interesting story about this topic in the state of Florida is called, ÂHoodwinked: Why is Florida's voting system so corrupt?Â written by Ann Louise Bardach who covers politics for Slate Magazine. Ann writes,
ÂIndeed, election fraud in Florida long precedes the 2000 debacle. In some counties it extends all the way back to the early days of Florida's statehood, in 1845. Florida's political culture derives from several different regionsÂthe north, near Georgia, has more in common with the southern part of the United States; the south with Latin AmericaÂso election fraud tends to differ in the two regions. In the northern part of the state, for example, sheriffs have been known to let certain boxes of ballotsÂthought to be unfavorable to a particular politicianÂfall out of their squad cars and tumble into the Gulf of Mexico. In the south, notably Miami-Dade, a remarkable number of dead people have been known to rise up and make it to the polls. In 1998, Miami's mayoral election of Xavier Suarez was overthrown for a host of irregularities, including the fact that a man named Manuel Yip, who had died four years earlier, had voted for Suarez. (In fact, it was the fourth time he had voted since his death in 1994.).Â This complete article can be found at http://slate. msn. com/id/2105524 (http://slate. msn. com/id/2105524).
It is also important for Americans to understand that the Bush family continues to influence voting results, resulting in a major fraud and conflict of interest. Neil Bush in particular owns the controlling stock in DIEBOLD, the electronics voting machine company.
Below is one story from Texas which has been recently circulating on the Internet
"Yesterday a friend voted early at a polling location in Austin. She voted straight Democratic. When she did the final check, lo and behold every vote was for the Democratic candidates except that it showed she had voted for Bush/Cheney for president/vice pres.
She immediately got a poll official. On her vote, it was corrected. She called the Travis County Democratic headquarters. They took all her information, and told her that she wasn't the first to report a similar incident and that they are looking into it.
So check before you leave the polling booth, and if anything is wrong, get it corrected immediately. Report any irregularities to your local Democratic headquarters."
States which do not allow write-in candidates are Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota. Americans in these states are especially angry that they are not being allowed to vote for John Joseph Kennedy or any write-in presidential candidate. All of this information and more, of obvious manipulation of the American people revealed by various states across the country, as well as by the mass media, have been very disturbing to John Joseph Kennedy, his electors and voters, and the entire Kennedy campaign staff.
KENNEDY CAMPAIGN SUCCESSES
Although there are many examples of manipulation by the media and the government to keep the American people from knowing about John Joseph Kennedy and his running for President of the United States of America, grassroots efforts from the Kennedy campaign have produced phenomenal results in a very short period of time. John Joseph Kennedy and the Kennedy for President 2004 volunteers and Friends of JJK Committees from all over the country and around the world continue to make excellent progress in getting the word out about Presidential Candidate John Joseph Kennedy and Vice Presidential Candidate, Daniel R. Rezac.
John Joseph Kennedy has appeared on numerous radio, television and Internet webcast interviews all over the North America, including Canada where he has received much support. Many countries around the world have quickly expressed their support of John Joseph Kennedy when he first announced his candidacy. International relationships are already being healed through his campaign and other countries have reached out to Kennedy, such as, France for Kennedy 2004, England for Kennedy 2004, Poland for Kennedy 2004, Switzerland for Kennedy 2004, Canada for Kennedy 2004, German for Kennedy 2004 and India for Kennedy 2004, to name a few.
Media appearances include several television news and talk shows such as KUSI, XETV-Fox, KSWB in San Diego, The Ray Ybarra Show in Los Angeles, speeches and meeting with college students, a formal press conference at the San Diego International Airport to commemorate the firefighters for the 3rd anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, an personal invitation to Farm Aid 2004 in Seattle by country music legend Willie Nelson, a speech to the leading "Ambassadors of the Whales and Dolphin Nations", many speeches to environmentalists, public access television, a wide variety of radio talk show interviews around the country -- mainstream and alternative. Country music legend & Farm Aid 2004 organizer Willie Nelson has graciously authorized the use of his touching song, "Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?" to be a part of the John Joseph Kennedy for President 2004 campaign.
Links to many interviews can be found on John Joseph KennedyÂs website at www. johnjosephkennedy. com, including a special and powerful campaign at video at http://www. jjk. esis. us/jjk/jjk5.wmv (http://www. jjk. esis. us/jjk/jjk5.wmv).
On October 11, 2004, John Joseph Kennedy was Sworn In as an International Justice of the Peace as ordained by the Treaty of Alliance and Commerce between Great Britain and Portugal originally subsisting between the two powers in 1814, and in accordance with the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Alliance between England and Portugal originally signed in London, England on June 16, 1373.
John Joseph Kennedy and the Kennedy for President 2004 volunteers and Friends of JJK Committees have met with, and have been inspired by, many concerned citizens from all walks of life, families, groups and organizations including: the homeless, veterans, the disabled, gays, senior citizens, children, educators, college students, politicians, scientists, environmentalists, oceanographers, celebrities, entertainment/media groups, spiritual and religious leaders, Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans and many others.
On October 31, 2004, Kennedy remarked, ÂI just learned tonight that a 95-year old lady named Martha in California...a staunch republican her entire life voted for me via absentee ballot this week in California! Â So sweet. So wonderful!Â
Positive and encouraging messages wishing John Joseph Kennedy much success continue to pour in to the Kennedy campaign headquarters from around the country and from other countries. From Japan today, Kennedy received the message, "Wish J. J. Kennedy happy and successful!"
John Joseph Kennedy says: "We are a family here in America. Each citizen deserves to have a voice. I have been listening to the real voice of the American people. I am here for ALL the people because we are all ONE! The phrase 'united we stand, divided we fall' has never had a more urgent or poignant meaning as it does right now in America and around the world." Your vote is also your voice! Americans are taking their power back and writing in ÂJohn Joseph Kennedy for PresidentÂ and ÂDaniel R. Rezac for Vice PresidentÂ on the November 2 ballot.
Believe it or not, John Joseph Kennedy and his campaign are making history. In literally 90 days he has made a difference. Kennedy has shown that one man can, and has, made a difference in the world. After the first month of his campaign there were about 100 entries for ÂJohn Joseph KennedyÂ on Internet search engines. Last month there were 900. Today there are more than 2,600.
Collective surveys by the campaign now show that millions have visited the JohnJosephKennedy. com website and ten of thousands of emails have been received by the Kennedy campaign staff. With the radio, television and Internet interviews John Joseph Kennedy has done, combined with the thousands of news stories in print, hundreds of thousands of press releases and a strong e-mail and Internet campaign, it is estimated that more than 200 million people around the world have heard about his quest for the White House. ÂIt has truly been a miracle campaign!Â Kennedy said.
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