Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump joining 392 other candidates running for president

Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:39am
Head & Shoulders formal portrait of Gov. Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, faces 89 other GOP presidential contenders.

Yesterday (Monday, June 15) it was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who announced his Republican presidential campaign yesterday. Today, it’s Donald Trump – God’s candidate, evidently. They join a crowded field of candidates.

No, really. It’s packed, according to the Federal Elections Committee. 392 other candidates have filed a Form 2 statement of candidacy for 2016. One Bush already beat him, and it’s not his son, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. (He finally endorsed him  at his dad’s kick-off speech yesterday in Miami.) Willita D. Bush of St. Louis, Mo., filed her form in late January. She’s mulling a Green Party run, which will for sure set her part from her far more conservative brother from another mother, Jeb. (The Green Party, for example, has long supported LGBT equality.)

Bush will be competing for the GOP nomination not only against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry but 87 other nominees from across the country.

Among them is former stripper and social conservative activist Pogo Mochello Allen-Reese of San Antonio. His 2016 campaign motto? “God, guns, gold.” (No word if he plans to campaign against marriage equality with his fellow culture warriors former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Dr. Ben Carson of Maryland, all of whom have rosy opinions on a variety of LGBT issues.)

Allen-Reese is probably the most colorful of the bunch, however. The “Patriot Prancer” recently ran for San Antonio mayor, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Should he fail to clinch the Republican presidential nominee, however, there’s a certain there’s another governing body waiting for him. It’s called the Texas Legislature. Hell, he’d give Rep. Molly White some company.

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