Politician from 1970s is running for Congress
Lost amid the shutdown shuffle was a big political scoop: the Montana GOP has found itself a congressional candidate, possibly US Senate but House at a minimum.
Who? He’s Larry Williams, who ran unsuccessfully against Max Baucus and John Melcher, for the Senate in the 70s and 80s. Williams is a perfect GOP candidate: a former Wall Street commodities trader, who was indicted for federal tax evasion and currently lives in the Virgin Islands. Now if that isn’t a good candidate profile for Montana, I don’t know what is.
Fortunately for us, Williams has not only been making noise in the press about running (he told the Billings Gazette last week that he’s gonna run), but has also been busy shaping up his Wikipedia bio.
Aside from the tax evasion charges and the fact that he lives in the Caribbean, his bio also says that he was, at the University of Oregon, a member of the same fraternity as Brad Pitt; that he also once wrote an academic article about the archeology of Mount Sinai and Egypt as they relate to the scriptures, an article that was “reprinted in Vanity Fair, in a re-write by Howard Blum;” and, that he also wrote a book called “Confessions of a Radical Tax Protester,” presumably a memoir of his days fighting the IRS.
And for any Tea Partiers out there who might be worried that a guy like Williams could threaten the GOP by bringing to it an academic or intellectual mind frame, worry not. One of Williams’s chief philanthropic activities, according to his bio, was to set up a “scholarship at the University of Oregon” for “journalism and communication students who . . . have demonstrated creative talent, but may not have a high grade point average.” So young Tea Partiers, in other words.
evangelicals make up the largest sector, Tea Party comes next and moderates make up only one quarter of the Republican Party. Amongst their beliefs are that Obama is a Marxist, gay rights threaten our country and Republicans in general are afraid of people who are not white.
Also, they suffer from a high level of paranoia and they worry that responding to the study will result in being spied upon by the NSA or finding themselves in the crosshairs of the IRS.
So he should probably bone up on conspiracy lore, birtherism, and the rants of Chuck Baldwin, if he is to succeed. Williams is no dope, however, when it comes to trading stocks. He claims to have won the 1987 World Cup of Commodities Trading, by turning ten thousand dollars into over a million. Also, as I’m sure any meat and potatoes Montana voter will be encouraged to learn, Williams is an inventor who holds many patents, such as
He was also “the originator of Volatility Breakouts,” and he is still very active in this industry:
Two of his more recently developed indicators include the Williams Professional Sentiment Index and Williams Electronic Market Accumulation Index. These are designed to reveal when the big money traders are actively buying or selling in a market. This action often marks the beginning of extended market trends. Williams collaborated with Mendelsohn to incorporate the early alert indexes with the neural network pattern recognition indicators that Vantage Point provides. Later in 2013, Williams will unveil a new line-up of proprietary trading indicators, which will be released exclusively in a trading software program called www.TradeShark.com.
Which is another way of saying that if you can’t afford health insurance, at least you can count on Williams to predict for you whether healthcare stocks will rise or fall in the immediate the future. Isn’t that just as good?
Williams’s one bright spot (for voters, that is; for bloggers, he is one giant bright spot) is that his daughter is the actress Michelle Williams, who was in BrokeBack Mountain and the beloved Dawson’s Creek. So Williams might choose a strategy of enlisting Hollywood celebrities to campaign for him, which I’m sure will go over very well in a GOP primary.