According to a February 17th IPR article, Tom Hoefling, the 2012 presidential candidate of the America’s Party, will be seeking the Constitution Party’s presidential nomination. According to Red Phillips, the IPR writer who posted the article (which is basically a statement from Hoefling to Constitution Party members), Hoefling was the campaign manager for Alan Keyes in 2008 when Keyes sought the Constitution Party’s nomination that year at the convention in Kansas City, Missouri, placing second with 24.36% of the vote. From Wikipedia, about Hoefling:
Thomas Conrad “Tom” Hoefling (born December 20, 1960) is an American activist and politician. He is the founder and national chairman of America’s Party as well as the party’s 2012 presidential nominee. Hoefling has also served as political director forAlan Keyes‘ political group America’s Revival, as well as a representative for the American Conservative Coalition.
Hoefling was on the ballot in California, Colorado, and Florida. He was also filed as a qualified write-in candidate in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia. Hoefling received 40,624 votes in the general election, or 0.03%, coming in 8th place nationally out of 27 candidates who were on the ballot in at least one state.
Read the full IPR article here, in which Hoefling explains to Constitution Party (CP) members why he is seeking their nomination for president.
Hoefling’s leadership in Alan Keyes’ 2008 CP presidential campaign might prove to mean a major roadblock for his candidacy come April 13th-16th(when the CP national presidential nominating convention will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah), as one of the reasons Keyes was easily trounced by Chuck Baldwin in 2008 was widely viewed to be Keyes’ neoconservative views on foreign policy, which didn’t sit well with many Constitution Party members, who per the national platform subscribe to a non- interventionist foreign policy in the same vein as former presidential candidate and congressman Dr. Ron Paul, who endorsed Baldwin for president in September 2008.
Tom Hoefling’s official website can be found here.