There's a guy running for Senate in Idaho who legally changed his name to "Pro-Life." And, no, this isn't an April Fool's Day prank (or P'fict'n), even though like this story about a smoking turtle and this picture of an eye-patched Tom Cruise, it has no business being real.
Not only did the candidate formerly known as Marvin Richardson change his name to "Pro-Life," as is expected of someone who legally changes their name to a political slogan, he is totally crazy.
From the AP:
A Senate candidate has legally changed his name to Pro-Life and will appear on the ballot that way this year, state election officials say.
As Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, the organic strawberry farmer from Letha, 30 miles northwest of Boise, was denied the use of his middle name when he ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 because the state's policy bars the use of slogans on the ballot.
Now, though, officials in the Idaho secretary of state's office say they have no choice because Pro-Life is his full and only name. He says he will run for the highest state office on the ballot every two years for the rest of his life, advocating murder charges for doctors who perform abortions and for women who obtain the procedure.
The Idaho state legislature is trying their best to thwart Pro "Crazy" Life, but the best way to fight crazy name changes on the ballot obviously isn't with laws, it's with more crazy name changes. There are several candidates running in Idaho, here are a few suggestions for their new legal name changes:
—Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ (no one will vote against Jesus)
—You Don't Want To Be Arrested, Do You?
—John F. Kennedy
—Lifetime Subscription To Maxim
—Me Fight Bad Guys