Iowa Republicans look for new candidate after challenger drops out to join alternative government
By Greg Janetka
LINN COUNTY, Iowa: Linn County Republicans are scheduled to hold a special nominating convention on August 6 to pick a replacement for Randi Shannon in the race for Iowa State Senate District 34. While it is not unusual for state legislative candidates to withdraw, Shannon made headlines earlier this month when she announced she was dropping out in order to join an alternative government.
However, in a letter dated July 4, 2012, Shannon declared she was withdrawing from the race in order to become Senator of the "Republic of the United States of America," as opposed to the current U.S. government, which she referred to as an "Unlawful Corporate Democracy."
As Shannon explained in her letter, "Where the de jure Republic of the United States of America exists the de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION, having no standing, must go away!"
Shannon said she was appointed to serve as U.S. Senator in the Republic government by the Republic's four U.S. House members from Iowa.
- The Gazette, "Linn County Republicans to hold nominating conventions next week," July 30, 2012
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 7, 2014
- Iowa Department of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed April 18, 2012
- Iowa City Patch, "GOP Candidate Quits Iowa Senate Race to Become Senator of Alternative Government," July 13, 2012
- DesMoines Register, "Eastern Iowa state Senate candidate drops bid; says she has been appointed ‘Republic’ Senator instead," July 13, 2012