Andre Marrou

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Andre Marrou
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Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 5th (Seat B) district
In office
January 14, 1985 – January 19, 1987
Preceded by Milo H. "Doc" Fritz
Succeeded by Claude E. "Swack" Swackhammer
Personal details
Born Andre Verne Marrou
(1938-12-04) December 4, 1938 (age 75)
Nixon, Texas, United States
Political party Libertarian
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1962)

Andre Verne Marrou (born December 4, 1938) is an American political figure, affiliated with the Libertarian Party. He was that party's presidential nominee in 1992 and its vice-presidential nominee in 1988. He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1984.

Background[edit]

Born in Nixon, Texas, Marrou graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962.[1] He is the brother of American television news personality and Judge Chris Marrou.[2]

Political campaigns[edit]

Alaska House of Representatives[edit]

Marrou first ran for the Alaska House of Representatives in 1982, placing second in a three-way race. He was then elected to the House in 1984.[3] One of twelve Libertarians to be elected to a state legislature, Marrou served for one term, from 1985 to 1987.[1] Running for reelection in 1986, he would lose to Claude E. "Swack" Swackhammer, a former Alaska State Trooper.[4] Marrou left Alaska following his 1986 defeat and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a real estate broker.[4]

1988 vice-presidential campaign[edit]

Marrou was the Libertarian vice-presidential nominee in the 1988 election;[4] on the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia,[5] U.S. Congressman Ron Paul and Marrou placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes (0.5%),[6] behind George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.[7] Paul and Marrou were kept off the ballot in Missouri (due to what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called a "technicality") and North Carolina, and received votes there only when written in.[8][9]

1992 presidential campaign[edit]

In the 1992 election, Marrou was the Libertarian presidential nominee.[10][11] In the New Hampshire primary of that year, he polled the highest vote total in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the first town in the state to report results .[2][12] In the general election, he and running mate Nancy Lord were on the ballot in all 50 states and DC, and received 290,087 votes (0.28%).[13]

Marrou had most of his campaign staff resign during the summer of 1992. Many of them sought to have the Libertarian Party strip him of the nomination because he had unpaid child support, had an arrest warrant in Massachusetts for an outstanding contempt of court charge, claimed to have been married twice when it was in fact four times, was being investigated for campaign improprieties from his time in Alaska, that he was running up unpaid credit card bills in a campaign PAC's name without their approval, and that he was habitually months late in making his house payments. The national committee decided to take no action for fear it could call attention to these issues.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keightley, Sarah Y. (October 2, 1992). "80 Listen as Alumnus Marrou Brings Libertarian Presidential Campaign to MIT". The Tech. Retrieved May 8, 1992. 
  2. ^ a b "Marrou outpolls competitors in first town to report results". San Antonio Express-News. Associated Press. February 18, 1992. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Scandling, Bruce (January 7, 1985). "Marrou puts Libertarian stamp on bills". Anchorage Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Cross, Sue (February 23, 1988). "Marrou hits trail again". Anchorage Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Andrew (October 17, 1988). "Now for a Real Underdog: Ron Paul, Libertarian, for President". New York Times. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  6. ^ Will, George F (February 18, 2007). "A Cheerful Anachronism". LibertyPost.org. Retrieved March 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ "1988 VOTE: The Final Word". New York Times. December 12, 1988. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ Nugent, Franklin M. (November 7, 1988). "If You Don't Like Bush Or Dukakis". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 3C. Retrieved March 22, 2008. 
  9. ^ Leip, Dave (November 7, 1988). "1988 Presidential General Election Results - North Carolina". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. p. 1. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Walsh, Edward (September 1, 1991). "Libertarian Party Nominates Real Estate Broker for Run at a Million Votes". The Washington Post via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ O'Donnell, Maureen (October 7, 1992). "To Libertarian, Less Is More". Chicago Sun-Times via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Publicover, Matthew S. (February 19, 1992). "At least Marrou can claim Dixville Notch". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "1992 Presidential General Election Results". US Election Atlas. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty, pgs 515-516

External links[edit]

Alaska House of Representatives
Preceded by
Milo Fritz
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives from Seat B, 5th district
January 14, 1985 – January 19, 1987
Succeeded by
C.E. Swackhammer
Party political offices
Preceded by
James A. Lewis
Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee
1988
Succeeded by
Nancy Lord
Preceded by
Ron Paul
Libertarian Party Presidential nominee
1992
Succeeded by
Harry Browne