Former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, 88, has filed to run for president — however apparently has no intention of successful, the Democrat’s marketing campaign group instructed Fox Information on Tuesday.
Gravel’s Twitter account posted, “It. Is. On. Sen. Mike Gravel has formally filed to run for president. Our solely purpose is pushing the sector left by showing within the Democratic debates. Donate as little as you want, however assist us get to the mandatory 65ok donors! Official launch is April eight.”
The announcement got here a month after college-age followers desirous to push the occasion additional to the left began boosting the longshot candidate’s Twitter cred. Gravel has not run for president since 2008, and he hasn’t been a senator since 1981.
A marketing campaign spokesperson instructed Fox Information: “I might like so as to add that our objective is 65,000 donors to qualify the senator for the controversy; the senator is planning to drop out after that and endorse probably the most progressive candidate. Oh, and not one of the senior staffers (like myself) are getting paid. Cash will go towards fundamental marketing campaign bills, and all leftover funds will likely be donated to get Flint clear water,” referring to the disaster within the Michigan metropolis that started in 2014.
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His controversial previous already is leaping to the fore.
Vice reported final month about claims that Gravel is a left-wing 9/11 truther, believing the notorious terror assaults have been an inside job.
The Jewish Employee reported about claims that Gravel was linked to conspiracy theorists who help anti-Semitism, similar to appearances on a podcast by identified Holocaust denier Kevin Barrett.
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Staffers answerable for his Twitter account instructed Fox Information: “The Vice piece neglects to notice that this pales compared to different candidates… We disagree with Senator Gravel on this particular situation. No matter you consider these views, they’ve by no means killed anybody or imprisoned anybody unjustly.”
They added: “The Jewish Employee piece has been up to date. We predict their evaluation has been honest they usually’ve been considered in permitting us to reply. Senator Gravel has unequivocally denounced Mr. Barrett.”
Fox Information’ Patrick Ward contributed to this report.