Tuesday, July 24, 2012
One of the most famous names in American history will be on the ballot in Kansas this November. Believe it or not, Thomas Jefferson will be one of the choices after a man running for the Kansas House of Representatives changed his name.
Kansas 4th Congressional District Libertarian Candidate Thomas Jefferson started his life in Abilene as Jack Talbert. He legally took name of the nation's third president, a change that is reflected on both his driver's license and U.S. passport.
"The reason I decided to change my name to Thomas Jefferson was to bring attention to Jeffersonian ideology in our world today," said Jefferson.
This Jefferson says, just as signer of the Declaration of Independence said, the government has gotten too large and is infringing on people's rights. He says he wants voters to think about the person they're voting for, rather than the party, when he goes up against incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo in November.
"I want that name to appear on the ballot and I want it opposing Mike Pompeo so that people understand the difference in the ideology," said Jefferson.
Pompeo says he believes strongly in the original Thomas Jefferson's set of beliefs and hopes voters will remember that when they cast their votes.
"I hope when voters take a look at it, they'll recognize I'm someone who believes in the ideals of Thomas Jefferson pretty strongly, the real Thomas Jefferson, the one we know from history books," said Pompeo.
Jefferson says it's not a gimmick. He says after going to so much trouble to make the change, he's committed to keeping the Thomas Jefferson name for at least ten years.