Born and raised in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Attended Lake Consolidated School, Keystone Junior College, and Bob Jones University. Became politically interested at a very early age and followed the proceedings of the National Party conventions via television. Became a thoroughgoing conservative through the reading of John Stormer’s None Dare Call it Treason in 1964, and his follow-up book Death of a Nation in 1968. First political hero was Barry Goldwater,whose huge sign I plastered over the front of my Dad’s painting truck. (He was a contractor.) My next passion was George C. Wallace and his campaign to “Send them a Message” with the states’ rights understanding of The Constitution. I became and still am a Southerner in a Yankee body. I firmly believe the South was right in the War between the States and in their battle to secede from a central government that had usurped the powers belonging only to the states and the people. In spite of my great interest in the political arena and studying of political history as well as current events, I never voted or took part in an election until I came to the Lehigh Valley years later. My dad had always believed that Christians should not take part in politics because it was “crooked” and because it was working against prophecy to try and make worldly things “better.” I began to see this differently through the influence of my pastor, who advocated that believers should be salt and light and do all they could to “occupy until He comes.” Finally in the mid-1980’s, I registered to vote and wrote a letter to the local Republican committee because of an article which I saw in the newspaper having to do with the need of a candidate for local office. I met the representative of the party for lunch and was immediately recruited as an Area Chairman, in spite of my inexperience. I served in that capacity for almost 20 years. I have spent many cold, long, miserable days in front of polling places handing out literature for whomever I thought was the more conservative candidate in any primary, and for the Republican candidates in the general election. I ran for County Council myself in 1989 and finished 9th out of 10 candidates, but received a fair and balanced (way before Fox News) story on my candidacy from the local Allentown paper. I served as the Northampton County coordinator for a State Rep candidate in a close primary where the conservative lost by 15 votes after a re-count. I ran myself for delegate to the National Convention more than once, and was elected as an alternate to the 2000 convention which nominated George W. Bush. I went as an Alan Keyes supporter and wore his button throughout the proceedings.
I began to be interested in the Constitution Party through the campaign of Jim Clymer for the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was running against Arlen Specter, whom it seemed like I had spent half my life trying to defeat. (I was a regional coordinator for Steve Freind in his 1992 primary against “Darlin’ Arlen”.) I also attended the 2004 National Convention that nominated Michael Peroutka for President. There I purchased my copy of the “Institute on the Constitution.” One of the highlights for
me was when the delegation chairman from Mississippi announced his vote by saying, “Mississippi, the home of the last constitutionally elected president, Jefferson Davis, proudly casts its votes for Michael Anthony Peroutka.” I was hooked, then reeled in and landed at the “Restoring the Foundations Conference” in Lancaster, organized by John McNamee, when a young author named Marty Babitz, spoke on the “Principles of ‘98”, involving interposition against and nullification of
unconstitutional federal laws and court opinions.
I resigned from my position on the Northampton County Republican Committee on June 30, 2005,citing as one of my reasons Senator Santorum saying in my presence, “Let them go” when asked what to do about the diehards still upset over his support of Arlen Specter against our local and much more conservative congressman Pat Toomey in the 2004 primary. Another reason cited was the judicial murder of Terri Schaivo under Republican governance! With the great assistance of John McNamee and Chris Oberholtzer and others, I held the first annual “Jefferson Davis Day” picnic in Northampton County on July 30, 2005, and we had a good attendance in our first alternative to the local GOP’s “Lincoln Day Breakfast.”