Not Saussure

September 23, 2006

“It seems like only a nut would do something like that”

Filed under: Bloody Yanks, Wingnuts — notsaussure @ 11:45 pm

It appears that in the State of Idaho, there’s a law forbidding candidates ‘bringing issues to the ballot’, which I take to mean you can’t describe yourself as ‘The Low Tax Candidate’ or whatever. Anyway, a politician there opposed to abortion thinks he’s found a way round this — changing his name to ‘Pro-Life’. OK, the man’s clearly demented but if he wants to call himself ‘Pro-Life’ or ‘The Emperor Napoleon’ that’s his business, I suppose. But he’s saddled his 10-year-old son with the name, as well.


To an Emmett strawberry farmer, who’s running for governor this November, his name means everything.

“It seems like only a nut would do something like that, but I’m not a nutty kind of person at all,” Pro-Life told CBS 2 News.

Meet Pro-Life, yes that’s his name, formerly known as Marvin Richardson.

“My wife, she’s not into calling me Pro-Life yet,” he said.

In 2004 Richardson legally changed his middle name to Pro-Life and he filed for the governor’s race as Marvin Pro-Life Richardson. But that’s when he got a letter from the Secretary of State’s Office saying no.

“They said I couldn’t put Pro-Life on the ballot because that was bringing an issue to the ballot,” said Pro-Life.

He didn’t stop there. On Monday afternoon, with a judges signature, he legally dropped both his first and last name. Now he just goes by Pro-Life.

“My name being Pro-Life on the ballot will save a number of babies by the time I die,” he explained for wanting to change his name.

Now his wife of 24 years is still trying to figure out what name to take after her husband changed their surname.

“It could be Kirsten Faith Pro-Life.I don’t want to leave out Faith, so I’m thinking about using it as a last name,” Kirsten Faith Richardson told CBS 2 News.

Even though his new name won’t show up on this year’s ballot, he doesn’t plan on changing it again.

“People will know that Pro-Life is a real person and they’ll see, and they’ll connect that with my face, my mission in life, so I don’t think there’s going to be any problem with that,” said Pro-Life.

When Pro-Life changed his middle name two years ago he also gave his 10-year-old son Grant the same middle name, so it’s Grant Pro-Life Richardson.

Pro-Life plans to run for office every two years for the rest of his life. In 2008 he will run for U.S. Senate. By then he believes the Secretary of State will have to put his new legal name on the ballot.

Via Billy Ocean


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