by Jim Nintzel
Green Party presidential candidate Richard Grayson has already scored one of great prizes of any political candidate: An interview with a local TV station. In an interview with Phoenix TV station ABC-15, Grayson was upfront about his motives in running for president:
"Like most presidential candidates, I am a megalomaniac who is greedy for power," he said.
Grayson made his first bid for the Oval office in 1984 in an effort to beat Ronald Reagan as he ran for re-election. Grayson said he ended up with about 3-thousand votes.
He now lives at home with his mother in Apache Junction and said he's standing up for the little guy and hopes to get people thinking.
"There are other reasons to run besides winning and that's to broaden the things that can be discussed in a national debate," he said.
However, he doesn't realistically expect to win.
"I would demand a recount if I were elected president," he said.
His official campaign bio:
Grayson, 60, first ran for President in 1984, when he unsuccessfully sought the nomination of the Democratic party to run against President Ronald Reagan. In 2004, Grayson ran for the U.S. House of Representatives as a write-in candidate from a district where the Republican incumbent had no Democratic opponent and published his campaign diary at the McSweeney's website as "Diary of a Congressional Candidate in Florida's Fourth Congressional District," and in 2010, Grayson was the Green Party candidate for Congress in Arizona's Sixth Congressional District, running against Representative Jeff Flake.
Grayson said he looked forward to actively campaigning in the primary. "I am happy to be Arizona's favorite stepson candidate in the Green Party presidential primary," he said.
Grayson had to move to the claim of "favorite step-son" after a brief war of words with fellow Green Party candidate Gary Swing.