A Candidate For The 99 Percent? Former SLC Mayor Kicks Off Presidential Bid

Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, who for years has been a champion of  progressive causes such as LGBTQIA rights, global warming and immigration, announced Monday that he is seeking the newly formed Justice Party’s nomination to be the next President of the United States.

Before you think that Rocky has gone off the deep end, listen to this, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune, “The Justice Party wants to see a constitutional amendment curbing corporate money in politics and limiting the amount wealthy people can give to candidates.”

Sound familiar?

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune,“Organizers such as Lenny Brody of Chicago hope to merge the Occupy protests with the Justice Party, creating a broad grass-roots campaign supported by small donations. Anderson said he would not accept more than $100 per person.”

For decades Anderson has been an outspoken champion of human rights, government reform, and environmental advocate.  According to a press release,”He has fought vigorously for compassionate and rational immigration reform, for full equality for the LGBTQIA community, for campaign finance reform, and for an end to the disastrous so-called war on drugs. In addition, he has championed the implementation of effective substance abuse education and treatment programs, for effective action to end the worsening climate crisis, for reform of our criminal justice system, and for the protection of human rights.”

He also had the balls to not only call out GOP talking points parrot Sean Hannity on a potential impeachment of George W Bush a few years ago, but he obliterated him as well:

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As for a possible split in democratic votes? Anderson isn’t all that concerned. He tells the Guardian UK that,”The more time has gone on, the more it has become clear that we’re not going see change in this country with these two parties,” he says. “There are lots of good individuals in the Democratic party, [but] without Democrats voting the way they did in Congress, we wouldn’t have invaded Iraq. We wouldn’t have suffered as a nation because of these Bush tax cuts. Obama received more money from Wall Street than any presidential candidate ever. And they got a great return on their investment.”

Paul Zeitz, the acting chairman of the Justice Party who has primarily worked on international AIDS prevention, tells the Salt Lake City Tribune,”We are not a third party. We plan to be a major political party,” he said. “We are not doing this to be an irritant.”

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